And in Other Advocacy Efforts...

SAA’s Council recently approved actions on several issues of importance to archives and archivists:

Sent a letter to the editor of the New York Times in support of Archivist of the US Weinstein’s decision to place a moratorium on reclassification of NARA records that previously had been released to the public.

Agreed to join an amicus curiae brief before the California Supreme Court on a case that could set a precedent for indefinite liability of archives and libraries for potentially libelous statements in oral histories.

Submitted an application (prepared by SAA’s Intellectual Property Working Group) to participate in a public roundtable to address proposed changes to Section 108 of the Copyright law, which grants libraries and archives an exemption to make copies for preservation purposes.

Signed on to Congressional testimony on a proposal to amend Copyright law to address rights to “orphan works” (ie, those for which the owner cannot be identified or located).