2003-2004 Annual Report

2003-2004 Student Members:
Michael Kathleen Svetlik, President
Johnna Weaver, President
Gigi D’Amore, Vice President
Sibyl Roud, Vice President
Mary Yogi, Treasurer
Elizabeth Spatz, Secretary
Kim Wilcox, Secretary
Mike Garabedian, Program Officer
Andrea Hull, Technical Officer

Anne Gilliland-Swetland, Faculty Liaison


Activities 2002

In addition to regular meetings....

SUMMER 2003:
Last year, the SAA student chapter was in the unique position of being located in the host city for the convention of the parent organization. As such, we wanted to earn money and spend it is a meaningful way for the group as a whole. Anne Gilliland, our faculty advisor, suggested bake sales as fundraising activities – a creative approach to earning money without having a lot of funds to put up front. We were wildly successful and earned within the year over $400. Then came the question of how to spend it. Rather than putting on a lavish reception, the student group offered to cover the registration fee of three students from out of the state. It was our way to reach out to other students and develop a unified community of future professionals, to encourage consortial relationships, help foster professionalism, and to bring archivists from the east coast to the west coast. It was the brain-child of Jessica Holada, the then president of the SAA student chapter. We were also, with the support of our Information Studies department, able to hold a reception at the convention for all Archives Students, UCLA Archivists, and UCLA Information Studies Alumni. At this reception, we highlighted our students' achievements with a poster session of works drawn from the Memoria Vox y Patrimonio Conference,the first conference on Latino/Hispanic film, print and sound archives held at UCLA in August, 2003.

Elections of new officers! There is an increased amount of students interested in archives this school year and student chapter meetings are well attended. SAA re-registers with UCLA as an official student organization for the 2003-2004 academic year.

NARA showcases a touring exhibit, American Original:Treasures from the National Archives, at Los Angeles Public Library that the student chapter visits. While there, we also take a tour of the LAPL Photo Archive and have an in-depth discussion with Carolyn Cole, Curator of the Photo Archive.

SAA officers host first-of-its-kind meeting with other Information Studies organization officers to increase communication within the department and encourage co-sponsoring of events for the school year.

SAA sponsors tour of the Japanese American National Museum archives collection. Tour led by Bob Dirig, Archivist and UCLA graduate. We get a first-hand look at the archivist’s job in a museum setting. After this behind-the-scenes tour, attendees have the opportunity to visit the museum and peruse the museum’s research library.

In late February, SAA co-sponsors an event with Activist Librarians and Educators (ALE) and tours the Pacifica Radio Archives. This unique audio library collects and maintains the historical programs of the Pacifica Radio network, including KPFA in Berkeley and L.A.’s own KPFK. The content of the collection emphasizes a common thread of social justice and contains original material from many movements and organizations. All attendees receive a free Archives audio sampler CD.

School chapter organizes event: What Can SAA Do For You? A lunchtime conversation with SDSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian and SAA Councilmember Kathryn Neal. We discuss the many benefits of SAA membership, job opportunities within SAA, and diversity within the profession. SAA student chapter provides beverages and desert for this “brown bag” forum.

Student Chapter holds elections for new vice president, past VP regretfully resigns position. Libby Spatz, SAA Secretary, fills position in the interim. Two teams of two run for office, a close race! Gigi D’Amore and Sibyl Roud elected co-vice presidents on May 5, 2004.

SAA, SLA, and the Horn Press team together for a fundraising opportunity: UCLA Information Studies t-shirt sale!
UCLA chapter of SAA is contacted by Getty Research Institute and invited to attend a special tour of the archival exhibition, The Business of Art: Evidence from the Art Market. Student chapter is honored to attend and tour is led by curators of the exhibit, Maria Gilbert and Mark Henderson. The exhibit is on view at the Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery until June 13.

Last SAA event of the quarter will take place on June 4th with a tour of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center. Open to all, this resource center has a wealth of genealogical information. Description of those archives used in creating the History Center’s resources will be discussed. Attendees are invited to bring names of ancestors to get acquainted with research methods and technology used at the Family History Center.