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House Committee Action to Eliminate NHPRC

Tuesday, July 21—SAA learned this morning from the National Coalition for History that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees NARA, will take up a bill tomorrow morning to address the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who introduced the bill, proposes to offset the costs associated with implementing it by eliminating the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. With markup scheduled today, we thought it important to notify you of this situation with an understanding that it will be very important to take action – both as individuals and collectively – when this bill comes before the House. We will notify you as soon as we’re aware of that timing. SAA is communicating with the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators regarding this situation and further action. UPDATE: As of July 22, the bill has not been marked up. We will continue to monitor its status.

ARCHIVES 2015 Advance Registration Ends July 22!

Avoid the lines! Advance registration closes on Wednesday, July 22. Register today for ARCHIVES 2015 and save at least $60 off onsite registration rates.

Proposed Revisions to the A&A List Terms of Participation

SAA leadership continues to respond to feedback concerning the Archives and Archivists (A&A) List and has proposed revisions to the Terms of Participation. Please send us your comments to help us improve the list.

New Issue of “The American Archivist” Available Online Now!

Head to the new The American Archivist website to check out the latest issue of the journal (Spring/Summer 2015). In this issue, 2014 Theodore Calvin Pease Award winner Joshua D. Hager describes interviews with twenty-three archivists across the United States who currently maintain Facebook pages for their respective institutions; Paul C. Lasewicz suggests that corporate archivists could benefit from looking outside the profession for insights on how to build more compelling statements of their strategic value; and a special section explores archives and community engagement. The issue includes a dozen articles, reviews of six books, and Danna C. Bell’s presidential address, “An Archival Roadmap.”

Joint Statement on “Conducting Public Business in Non-Government Email Accounts”

SAA issued a Statement on Use of Non-government Email Accounts for the Conduct of Public Business in March 2015. Since then we’ve worked with the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators on a joint statement on this important public policy issue. Read the joint statement here.

SAA Comments on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

In a letter to the U.S. Copyright Office in July, SAA President Kathleen Roe concludes that, “…archival collections are brimming with rich stories and essential information that cannot find their readers because of the long duration of copyright. The failure of Congress to create a workable system for digitization effectively imprisons our shared cultural heritage.” Read the full letter here.

WIPO Meeting Continues to Address Copyright Law

A glimmer of hope for archivists emerged in the outcome of the most recent session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), held in Geneva from June 29‒July 3, 2015, according to William Maher, who represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the meeting. Read more.

ARCHIVES 2015 Early Bird Deadline Ends July 15

Join SAA for ARCHIVES 2015 in Cleveland — where you’ll meet the PEOPLE… share the IDEAS… and learn about the TOOLS that will make a difference in your career! Register today and save at least $110 off onsite registration rates.

May 2015 Council Meeting Minutes Now Available

The minutes of the May 28 – 30 Council meeting are now available. Read highlights of the Council meeting here.

SAA Employment Survey Data Now Available

In late January SAA launched a survey to gather employment data relating to archivists and the archives profession. Nearly 4,000 individuals responded! View the survey results here.

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