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You can make an impact by joining SAA's Accessioning, Acquisitions, and Appraisal (AA&A) Section by nominating yourself or recommending others for a leadership position on the AA&A Section Steering Committee. We are seeking individuals for the following three positions: (1) Vice Chair/Chair Elect (3-year commitment as Vice Chair, Chair, and Immediate Past Chair) (2) At-Large Members (2-year commitment) Steering committee members spend an average of a few hours per month working on...
SAA’s Description Section and the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards recently completed a three-part webinar series on controlled vocabularies. The series' presentations focused on the purpose of data value standards, how to approach their usage, and the current encoding options in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context (EAC-CPF). Along with other technical aspects of their implementation, the sessions provided examples of the practical application of...
The Encoded Archival Standards (EAS) Section is seeking candidates for three positions: One co-chair for a two-year term (2023-2025) -- first year as junior co-chair and second year as senior co-chair Two Steering Committee members for a two-year term (2023-2025) We welcome early career candidates, as well as more seasoned archivists, including those who have held EAS Section leadership positions in the past. The time commitment for Steering Committee members is roughly 2-5 hours per month,...
  The Collection Management Section spring webinar on "Digital Records and Collection Management" was held on April 10th, 2023. If you missed the live presentation and would like to watch, you may request streaming access to the recording by emailing the section chair (2022-23) Rita Johnston, at ritajohnston@miami.edu.  Lara Friedman-Shedlov is the Digital Records Archivist for the Archives and Special Collections Department of the University of Minnesota Libraries. They will describe how they...
The final session of the SAA’s Description Section and the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards webinar series on controlled vocabularies is today, April 12th, for North American audiences at 12 PM ET. This final session will present use cases for the application of controlled vocabularies in practice, for example with reparative description projects. It will also focus on options for selecting and revising controlled vocabulary terms in archival descriptions.  Speakers for...
  The CDTRWG welcomed Nicola Laurent (she/her) and Kirsten Wright (she/her) from the University of Melbourne to present "Understanding the Need for Trauma-Informed Practice in Archives" on Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. Central Trime. This talk considered what trauma-informed archival practice is and why we need to implement the practice in archives. Nicola and Kirsten provided an overview of the 2022 survey Understanding the International Landscape of Trauma and Archives, which sought to obtain...
This spring the Lone Arranger Section is excited to host a two-part series on oral history for solo archivists! Be sure to register for both presentations!    Part 1  UnBOXed: Oral History Projects for Solo Archivists Kristin Morris, SAA Oral History Section Steering Committee Member and Cisco Archivist at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, has spent 20 years as a curator and collections manager in local history museums. Kristin will present on her experience getting oral history...
Apr 6, 2023   Solo Archivists Section
International Archival Affairs Section (IAAS) of the Society of American Archivists presents our April Archival Landscapes Seminar Kenya – Presented by Dr. Cleophas Ambira, ICA Africa Programme Thursday 13 April 2023, 9am Eastern  Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsf-GupjkjGtHTfnY1yb4eXSPcSLhqBfFi Dr. Ambira is the current Coordinator for the ICA Africa Programme and the chairman of Kenya Association of Records Managers and Archivists (KARMA). Dr. Ambira is a...
Catch up with this brief recap of our March 8th coffee chat with Julien Masanès, posted to the WAS Blog: Coffee Chat Recap with Julien Masanès – the Rise of Digital Collaboration Spaces and the Challenges for Archivists – Web Archiving Section (wordpress.com) A link to the recorded session is available via the blog post and will be live for 30 days.
Mar 13, 2023   Web Archiving Section
The first session of the SAA’s Description Section and the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards webinar series on controlled vocabularies is this week, on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 AM CET. This initial session will give an overview of how controlled terms are used in archival description and will provide recommendations and case studies on selecting vocabularies.    Speakers for this week's session include:    ·       Kerstin Arnold (Archives Portal Europe) ·      ...
The Spring 2023 issue of SOLO, the newsletter of the Lone Arrangers Section, is now available. This issue includes updates and reflections from LAS members as well as the results of the 2022–2023 member survey. Read all past issues of SOLO on our Newsletter page. Have an experience or idea you would like to share with your fellow solo archivists? Send submissions for the next issue of SOLO to lonearrangersectionsaa@gmail.com.
Mar 2, 2023   Solo Archivists Section
In this talk Kostas Arvanitis, Anne Eyre and Jen Kavanagh talk about a guide for archiving disaster support group records, which is designed for professionals and support groups. The guide is the outcome of a relevant project, which was funded by the University of Manchester, UK. From January to August 2022, a team of collective trauma and heritage consultants and academic researchers worked with members of the September 11 UK Families Support Group (S11UKFSG) in understanding and articulating...
  SAA’s Description Section and the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards invite you to a three-part webinar series on controlled vocabularies. This series will review the purpose of data value standards, how to approach their usage, and the current encoding options in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context (EAC-CPF). Along with other technical aspects of their implementation, the sessions will provide examples of the practical application of controlled...
The Oral History Practitioner Worker-led Survey & Solidarity Project has launched its Oral History Worker Survey, which is collecting responses from all cultural workers who have been engaged in some form of oral history work anytime within the last five years. Oral history work can include interviewing, transcribing, using oral histories for research or teaching, or developing programs or artwork that engage with oral histories. The survey is collecting data in order to support oral...
Feb 15, 2023   Oral History Section
The Winter 2022 Newsletter includes: A letter from the current MAS Chair and other MAS news, including a feature for the new book Museum Archives! Internship Profile featuring Gillian Ferguson at the Cleveland Museum of Art News from the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit by Amy M. Johnson A report from the MoMA Archives backlog project about processing the MoMA Retail Catalogues by Rachel Garbade A report on processing the Lear Papers  at the Museum of Flight by Jenn Parent
Feb 13, 2023   Museum Archives Section
Please join us on Feb. 1, 11:00 am CT (US and Canada) for a discussion with Riley Linebaugh and James Lowry on “Archival History and Colonial Afterlives.”   Linebaugh and Lowry will build on their award-winning article “The Archival Colour Line: Race, Records and Post-Colonial Custody” to share their progress along two related but distinct lines of enquiry related to Jenkinson, British archival thought and its participation in global colonialism. Linebaugh will historicize Jenkinson's biography...
Jan 25, 2023   Archival History Section
Please mark your calendars! Our 2022 Annual Meeting, organized jointly with the Web Archiving Section, will take place online on August 11, 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT/11:00 PT. Registration is now open. There is a lineup of three presentations that connect the sections’ activities: 1) Contemporary Composers Web Archive: Kathleen DeLaurenti, Director, Peabody Institute Arthur Friedheim Library; Miranda Siler, Web Collection Librarian, Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation 2) 10 Hairy Legs Dance Company...
Jan 23, 2023   Performing Arts Section
Guest blogger Daniela Major discusses collaboration and fostering connecting in this week's post, "It Takes a Village to Raise and Archive: How the Use of Web Sources Fosters Collaboration."  Daniela Major is an Early Stage Researcher in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, where she is working on a PhD project on the Media coverage of the European Union. Previously, she studied history and worked as a researcher at Arquivo.pt, the Portuguese Web Archive. She is very interested...
Jan 18, 2023   Web Archiving Section
A recap of our facinating December Coffee Chat with Dr. Ian Milligan is now live on our blog. Read more about Dr. Milligan's efforts to make web archives easier for historians and researchers to use.
Jan 11, 2023   Web Archiving Section
The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS), in collaboration with the Encoded Archival Standards Section Steering Committee, is excited to share the recordings of two webinars held in November 2022 that introduce the new version of the EAC-CPF standard.   Encoded Archival Context - Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF) is an international standard maintained by SAA for encoding contextual information about persons, corporate bodies, and families related to...
  Join the Museum Archives Section at our winter series of pop-up presentations. Please RSVP for each individual event using the links below: Monday, January 23, 2023, 1pm-1:30pm CT: Collective Relevance: Curating Black Art & History Through Independent Praxis kYmberly Keeton, ART | library deco Introduction to ART | library deco + Art as Practice Documentation through the Lens of BGLAM: Black Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums RSVP for the January pop-up here: https://us06web....
Jan 9, 2023   Museum Archives Section
The Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS) is happy to share the recordings of two webinars held in March 2022 in the context of the ongoing major revision of EAD (Encoded Archival Description). Furthermore, the EAD team of TS-EAS has finalized a minor revision of the EAD3 Tag Library, which the Standards Committee approved before the summer break. Minor revision of the EAD3 Tag Library While the major revision is taking up speed, TS-EAS would like to announce the...
The 2022-2023 Steering Committee met for the first time in October to discuss our goals for the upcoming year, and we are looking forward to continuing with our Coffee Chats and publishing some great content in the form of blog and Twitter posts. We would also love for people in our section to get involved and share their ideas, so we invite you to participate by submitting news, announcements, and topics of interest. We also welcome guest contributors to the blog, so please feel free to...
Dec 8, 2022   Web Archiving Section
The Accessibility & Disability Section has launched a refreshed and revamped website with resources, information about the section, and the ADS blog. Find the new ADS site at saadisabilityarchivists.wordpress.com.
Thank you to all who considered standing as a candidate for standing in the special 2022-2023 Military Archives Section election for the 2022-2023 cycle. Due to a rules matter for section officials, the Military Archives Section is holding a special election for the 2022-2023 cycle for one candidate for the position of Secretary. This position will serve for two years from 2022-2024. We previously had former MARS secretary Amy Mondt filling in as Secretary until we resolved a matter...
Dec 1, 2022   Military Archives Section