Recommendations for Choosing & Expectations of RAAC Representatives


Recommendations for Choosing RAAC Representatives

Archivists serving on RAAC are appointed by the regional association they represent, with one representative per association. RAAC recommends that the regional association choose representatives that are reliable and knowledgeable about their regional association. Such archivists often serve the regional association in different capacities, such as:

  • Past President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Members-at-Large

RAAC recognizes the amount of work that it takes to run a regional association and thus discourages the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of regional associations from being selected as the RAAC representative.

Additionally, some individuals may be involved in multiple associations represented in RAAC; however, an individual may only serve as a RAAC regional representative for one association.

Expectations of RAAC Representatives

Before a RAAC representative is chosen, they must agree to the following:

  1. They must serve a two-year term and may only serve two consecutive terms.
  2. They must serve on one of the RAAC subcommittees (found here).
    1. They must contribute work towards the subcommittee’s goals.
    2. They must attend the subcommittee’s meetings, which will take place via phone or online.
  3. They must attend RAAC’s annual general meeting, which takes place during the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting.
    1. If the RAAC representative is unable to attend, they must find another attendee to represent them at the annual general meeting.
  4. They must forward pertinent RAAC emails to either their regional association’s listserv or executive board.
  5. They must respond to pertinent RAAC emails in a timely manner.

If RAAC representatives are not fulfilling expectations, then the RAAC co-chairs will inquire with the RAAC representative. If there is no response, the RAAC co-chairs will inquire with the RAAC representative’s regional and ask to provide a new representative.