Reference, Access and Outreach Section


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The section is open to any member of SAA who has an interest in reference, access and outreach issues and has explored a variety of diverse topics. Recent areas of interest include the impact of "More Product, Less Process" on reference service, National History Day and the use of archival materials in classrooms, and the effect and use of Web 2.0 technologies on the archival profession.

Recent News & Announcements

Call for Membership for a new committee within RAO, the Exhibits and Events Standing Committee
It's here! In this Spring/Summer 2017 RAO newsletter, enjoy a roundup of RAO Section committee and member activities over the year, and read up to prepare yourself for what we've got brewing next week in Portland at the SAA annual meeting.
Thank you to all of our excellent candidates for standing in the 2017 RAO Election. Please take some time to review their candidate statements and get to know them so you can make an informed choice.
RAO will host its 6th annual Marketplace of Ideas at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR on Wednesday, July 26, from 2:30–3:45pm.
Are you looking to shape the future direction and activities of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section? Put yourself forward or nominate a colleague for an elected RAO position! Click the header for more information, or go directly to the nomination form at!
Hot off the presses! — the RAO Summer Newsletter 2016, with everything you need to know to get you prepared for RAO doings at the SAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, whether you'll be joining in on the fun onsite or following along at home and on social media.
RAO members, we are excited to present the candidate statements for the 2016 candidates for Vice Chair/Chair Elect and the Steering Committee. We have several very qualified candidates this year, which really speaks to the strength of our section. The statements can be accessed via the file attached to the candidates webpage.
Here is the Reference, Access and Outreach section's 2016 spring newsletter. Enjoy!
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