One Book, One Profession 2019

The SAA Publications Board has selected for its 2019-20 One Book, One Profession reading initiative Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene, edited by Christine Weideman and Mary A. Caldera. Twenty-three archivists examine the values that comprise SAA’s Core Values Statement and demonstrate how they empower archivists’ interactions with resource providers, legislators, donors, patrons, and the public. The book pays tribute to Mark A. Greene (1959–2017), an influential practitioner, administrator, teacher, theorist, and leader who helped shape the modern American archivist identity through the establishment of the core set of values for the profession. 

Since the adoption of core values in 2011, no study has examined how they are being practiced or how they influence the day-to-day work of archivists. This book fills that void! For each of the eleven values, archivists comment on what the value means to them and how it reflects and impacts archival work. The nearly two-dozen contributors hail from a variety of repositories and their professional experience ranges from two years to more than thirty. Their commentaries demonstrate extraordinary breadth on what the values actually mean, their influence, and their embodiment in practice.

Join your colleagues in thinking about what archivists do and why. Let’s read Archival Values—together!

Archival Values is forthcoming July 2019. Stay tuned!


Hosting a Book Discussion

Host a book discussion within your institution, among archivists in your local community, or at a regional meeting. LitLovers has some great tips for running a book club and facilitating discussion.

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Twitter Discussions

  • Follow #OBOP19 on twitter for more updates and to join the conversation profession-wide 


One Book, One Profession Past Selections

2018: Perspectives on Women's Archives

2017: Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion

2016: Teaching with Primary Sources