SAA Council Approves Statements, Section Name Changes, and More

The SAA Council accomplished the following on the October 6, 2017, conference call:

Statement on the Value and Importance of the U.S. Census

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) notes with concern two factors that may compromise the capacity of the U.S. Census Bureau to perform its long-standing and critically important work of documenting the nation’s population: current vacancies in the positions of Bureau Director and Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer which creates a leadership vacuum, and the Trump Administration’s proposal to make significant cuts in non-defense-related federal funding.

Use of Non-government Email Accounts for the Conduct of Public Business

SAA notes with concern the recent news that several current and former senior White House officials, including Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, used private email accounts to conduct official public business. SAA is dismayed that this issue continues to plague public officials regardless of their political affiliation. Laws and regulations regarding public records are clear, as are the responsibilities of individuals entrusted with executing government functions.

Be Prepared for Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017—As Hurricane Irma hurtles toward Florida, it’s important that all individuals and cultural institutions prepare now. 

An Open Letter to SAA Members Regarding the Location of the 2019 Annual Meeting

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August 24, 2017—The SAA Council announced on July 24 that we were considering relocating the 2019 Annual Meeting from Austin, Texas, based on pending legislation that would “require people to use restrooms and other facilities that match the gender on their birth certificate.” The legislation was not taken up in a special session of the Texas House and therefore failed on August 16. But there’s more to the story.

Call for Volunteers: SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force to Revise Statement on Access to Research Materials

August 17, 2017—SAA and the Association of College and Research Libraries/Rare Books and Manuscripts Section have agreed to reconvene a joint task force to revise the SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Statement on Access to Research Materials in Archives and Special Collections.