SAA Council Conducts Strategic Planning Session, Reviews Proposed Revisions to Constitution and Bylaws

November 30, 2020—At its November 20 virtual meeting, the SAA Council:

  • Reviewed SAA’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan in light of the ongoing pandemic to determine the best use of resources for FY21 and FY22. Council members will continue their discussion and complete revisions by the end of the year.
  • Discussed a recommendation from the American Archivist Editorial Board to form task forces to address conflict mediation and publication ethics. The Council agreed to continue consideration of forming one or more appointed groups to address these critical topics across the organization.
  • Considered revisions to the SAA Constitution and Bylaws related to the threshold for member petitions and accommodating virtual annual membership meetings. The Council will soon issue an open comment period to gather feedback on the proposed revisions ahead of an all-member referendum held in conjunction with the 2021 general election ballot.
  • Appointed Past President Tanya Zanish-Belcher to serve as the next SAA representative to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  • Approved extending and expanding the Technical Subcommittee on Archival Facilities Guidelines to better facilitate the final stages of revising the current standard.
  • Reviewed annual reports for the 2019-2020 term from standing committees, subcommittees, and sections.

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

The next virtual meeting of the SAA Council is scheduled for January 2021. If you’d like to have an item considered for inclusion on the agenda, submit it to Vagts and/or Beaumont by December 18.

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