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MayDay!

On May 1, do something – even if it’s something small – that will make a difference when and if an emergency occurs in your repository. That’s the purpose of MayDay, a grassroots effort whose goal is to save our archives.

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

SAA notes with concern the practice of many elected and appointed government officials of using unofficial, non-government email accounts for the conduct of public business. Read SAA’s full statement here.

Women's History Month 50% Special on Perspectives on Women's Archives!

March is Women’s History Month! Gain an archival perspective with Perspectives on Women's Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher with Anke Voss. The eighteen essays in this volume, written by noted archivists and historians, inspire new thinking about the value of women’s archives and how to fill the gaps in our recordkeeping. Since women make up around 50% of the earth’s population, SAA is offering a 50% special in celebration through March 25, 2015. For SAA members, that’s $24.95 (regularly $49.95); and for nonmembers, $34.95 (regularly $69.95). The print discount will be applied automatically; for a discount on the PDF or EPUB editions, enter SAAM in the promo code field if you’re a member, or SAAN if you’re a nonmember.

 

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Voices from the Archives

The latest call to action in SAA President Kathleen Roe’s Year of Living Dangerously for Archives challenges archivists to raise up voices and stories directly from their archival collections. Here’s how you can participate.

March SAA Foundation Board Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Foundation Board will meet in Chicago on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Attend Archival Collections Management Systems Web Seminar on March 31!

Are you investigating new ways to present information about your collections? Are you looking for a tool to help the public discover your finding aids? Are you considering moving out of Archivist Toolkit or Archon and aren’t sure what to do next? This web seminar, which is an update of the original web seminar developed by Lisa Spiro and her report about archival management software issued by the Council on Library and Information Resources, will take you through the process of evaluating and selecting an archival collections management system that is the right fit for your institution.

Now Available: Rights in the Digital Era!

Rights in the Digital Era, the newest publication in SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, provides an essential introduction to the law of copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademarks from an archival perspective. Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Christopher J. Prom and featuring an introduction by Peter B. Hirtle, Rights in the Digital Era includes four modules: Understanding Copyright Law by Heather Briston, Balancing Access and Privacy in Manuscript Collections by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, Balancing Access and Privacy in the Records of Organizations by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, and Managing Rights and Permissions by Aprille C. McKay. Print and PDF versions of the publication are available for $29.95 for SAA members ($34.95 for nonmembers). The modules will be available to purchase separately next month. 

SAA Response to Member Request re University of Oregon Records Release Incident

In response to member requests for SAA comment on a recent incident regarding release of records at the University of Oregon, the Council has collected information and issued a response. For a compilation of news articles and other media related to this issue, click here.

January Council Conference Call Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the January 16 Council conference call here.

Call for Volunteers: SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy

At the end of 2014, the SAA Council and the Executive Committee of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section created a joint task force to develop guidelines that will provide competency standards for primary source literacy. SAA Vice President / President-Elect Dennis Meissner seeks volunteers for the six SAA slots on this group. Interested in volunteering?  Read more hereDeadline: Wednesday, February 25.

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