Reference, Access and Outreach Section


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Welcome! This section is open to any member of SAA who has an interest in reference, access and outreach issues. RAO has three specialized subcommittees that focus on topics relevant to our members: Teaching with Primary Sources committee, Exhibits and Events (E2) committee, and Assessment of Measures and Metrics for Public Services committee. We invite and encourage members to contact the RAO Steering Committee if there's anything we can do to better support the membership.  

News & Announcements

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!
The 2016 RAO Program Committee seeks Hot Topics and Cool Demonstrations for provocative conversation and deep thinking at the SAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. On Friday, August 5, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, RAO will host its fifth annual Marketplace of Ideas and seeks purveyors of hot topics and cool demonstrations to sell their wares to a savvy audience of RAO archivists. Vendors are asked to present a brief (3-4 minute) infomercial to all meeting attendees, before dividing into separate market stalls—we'll have 3 rounds of shopping! Read on for more details . . .
Would you like to get more involved with the Reference, Outreach and Access Section of SAA? RAO is currently seeking nominations for open positions on its Steering Committee. Deadline is 3/25. Details in full post...
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