SAA Statement on U.S. Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO

- Comments: 1

November 6, 2017—On October 12, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2018 and seek to establish a permanent observer mission to the organization. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) does not support the administration’s abandonment of an organization that is involved in important cultural work throughout the world.

Channel Your Archival Passion into Action: Volunteer to Serve on an SAA Appointed Group

By Meredith Evans, SAA Vice President/President-Elect

Archival work is more important than ever. In this time of information overload and an abundance of alternative facts, it’s our profession that brings perspective and truth by preserving records and evidence. It’s our collections that provide context and authenticity to the manifestation of human intellect and collective memory that inform and have an impact on the documentation and reciting of history and culture today.

Take This Brief Survey on Professional Development Support, Please!

The Membership Committee would like to learn more about the nature and extent of employer support SAA members receive for professional development. Click here to take this brief survey. Thank you!

This survey will close on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

SAA Signs on to Letter Regarding Recent DHS System of Records Notice

SAA has signed on to a letter, written by the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), to Acting Privacy Chief Officer Jonathan Cantor expressing “concerns with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) System of Records Notice…stating that DHS will now store social media information in ‘Alien Files’ (A-Files), which include the official record of an individual’s visa and immigration history.” This "raises concerns that the collection, retention, use, and sharing of social media information will (1) invade the privacy of immigrants and U.S.

SAA Statement on the Value and Importance of Transparency in Government

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) promotes the protection and accessibility of records found in governments, organizations, and archives repositories. Because records ensure the protection of individuals’ rights, the accountability of governments and organizations, and the accessibility of historical information, equal and equitable public access to government information is a cornerstone of our democracy. Read the full statement.

Give Your Feedback on the SAA Strategic Plan

The SAA Council will review the Strategic Plan 2014-2018 in depth during its November 5-7 meeting—and hopes to include your feedback in its discussion. Looking ahead to 2018-2020, do you think the goals and objectives are/will be relevant? Do you have suggestions for revising the goals or objectives? Please share your perspectives by Friday, October 27.

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

- Comments: 5

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.