SAA Council Issues Statement on American Archivist Brown Bag Lunch, Approves Tragedy Response Resources and a New Section on Accessibility and Disability

August 4, 2019—At its August 1 meeting, the SAA Council took the following actions:

  • Issued a statement cancelling the American Archivist Brown Bag Lunch scheduled for Sunday, August 4, at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019;
  • Approved a resource kit of documents and templates developed by the Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force, to be posted to the SAA website;
  • Approved a petition to form a new Accessibility and Disability Section, dedicated to engaging the archival profession on accessibility topics including archivists with disabilities, users with disabilities, collections representing people with disabilities, and the accessibility of collections, spaces, and workflows;
  • Approved revisions to the Guidelines for Standardized Holdings Counts and Measures for Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries;
  • Approved revisions to the standing rules to rename the now Collection Management Section; and
  • Created a task force to review and recommend revisions to the criteria for the selection of SAA Fellows.

If you have questions or concerns about these Council actions, feel free to contact SAA Vice President Meredith Evans ( or Executive Director Nancy Beaumont (

The next meeting of the SAA Council will take place on Monday, August 5, following the SAA Membership Business Meeting. If you’d like to have an item considered for inclusion on the agenda, submit it to Evans and/or Beaumont no later than 12:00 pm on Sunday, August 4.