SAA Council Approves Standards Alignment Statement, Paused Integration with RiC

February 23At its February 5–6, 2024, virtual meeting, the SAA Council: 

  • Approved minutes for the October 31–November 1, 2023, Council meeting. Those minutes are now available on the SAA website. (
  • Approved the recommendation from the Standards Committee to delay integration with RiC until its application guidelines were fully considered and released. (0224-IV-A-Stands) 
  • Approved the Standards Alignment statement, which will be published on the SAA website at the recommendation of the Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards (TS-EAS).  (0224-IV-A.1-TSEAS 
  • Approved the statements regarding RiC, which will be made available on the SAA website as advised by the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS). (0224-IV-A.2-TSDACS) 
  • Approved the recommendation from the Standards Committee to initiate a new ARM revision cycle and for the subcommittee to reach out to ARLIS and RBMS to seek their support and participation. (0224-IV-B-Stands)  
  • Approved the standing rules of the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). (0224-IV-C-DACS) 
  • Approved the increase of the membership of the Crisis, Disaster, and Tragedy Response Working Group to a maximum of 12 members. This included adding an extra member, exceeding the original recommendation, and making adjustments to the appointment term for the co-chairs. (0224-IV-E-CDTRWG) 
  • Approved the Intellectual Property Working Group to become a part of the Access to Knowledge Coalition (A2K), serving as the representative for SAA.  (0224-V-B.1-IPWG)
  • Approved allocating $3,000 from SAA's FY24 budget to cover travel expenses of the IPWG for their involvement in the copyright meeting scheduled to take place in Geneva in April 2024. (0224-V-B.2-IPWG) 
  • Approved hosting the Business Archives Section colloquium in person at the 2024 SAA annual meeting and in subsequent years. This decision comes with the expectation that the Business Archives Section will organize and oversee the colloquium as part of their responsibilities. (0224-V-C-BAS)
  • Ratified the recommendation from the NAAS to provide funding to support 5 scholarships for SAA membership and attendance at the 2024 Annual Meeting.   

View the agenda and materials from the Winter 2024 meeting here.

If you have questions about these Council actions, contact SAA President Helen Wong Smith ( or Chief Executive Officer Jacqualine Price Osafo ( Comprehensive minutes of the meeting will be available soon via the SAA website.  

The next Council meeting will be a hybrid meeting on May 1 and 2. If you’d like to have an item considered for inclusion on the next agenda, please send it to by Monday, April 1, 2024. You may register to attend that meeting here.