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Why People Love Archives

SAA President Kathleen Roe’s Year of Living Dangerously for Archives challenges have generated many inspiring comments about the archival profession and what you love about archives. Now we’re encouraging you to seek input from others! We truly do have strong, energetic supporters of all kinds—from journalists to genealogists, students to stakeholders, there are people who can and do say wonderful things about the value of archives. For February’s Year of Living Dangerously challenge, we’re asking you to seek input, comments, or testimonials on why archives matter to others. Here’s how you can participate.

SAA Office Closed on Monday, February 2

Due to inclement weather conditions in Chicago, the SAA office is closed on Monday, February 2. We will process orders and respond to queries as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Stay warm!

Take the 2015 Archivists Employment Survey!

SAA is gathering employment data relating to archivists and the archives profession. Your participation will help us better understand the current employment landscape and inform our advocacy efforts. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, and spread the word so that the survey reaches as many archives professionals as possible. Thank you!
Deadline has been extended to end of the day on Friday, February 13.

Click here to take the survey.

Just In: January/February Archival Outlook

We’ve got your reading material covered: the January/February issue of Archival Outlook is now available online. In this issue, the Archivists of Central Texas share how they made the Austin Archives Bazaar a success, Jen Wolfe details the making of the University of Iowa Libraries’ DIY History site, archivist Joshua Hager shares his experience as a Jeopardy! contestant, and more. The print issue will be mailed to members in February. 

SAA Response to Member Request re University of Texas Acquisition of García Márquez Archive

Four SAA members contacted President Kathleen Roe to urge that SAA issue a statement on the University of Texas’s decision not to reveal the purchase price following its acquisition of the Gabriel García Márquez archive. View the Council’s response and background material here.

2015 Research Forum: Call For Participants / Call for Presentations

Join us for the 8th Annual SAA Research Forum: “Foundations and Innovations”!  Participants’ enthusiastic response to the past seven Research Forums confirms that the full spectrum of research activities—from “pure” research to applied research to innovative practice—is of interest and value to the archives community. The 2015 Research Forum will build on previous success by continuing with a full day of presentations. Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2015.

36 Earn Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Certificates

Congratulations to the thirty-six new Digital Archives Specialists (DAS).  These archivists, who represent a variety of repositories from around the country, earned a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in November. Click here to see who they are!

January Council Conference Call Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will hold a conference call on Friday, January 16. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Awards & Fellow Nominations + Scholarship Applications Due Feb 28!

SAA is in search of excellence and offers a variety of opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance through the naming of Fellows, an awards competition, and scholarships. Nominate a deserving colleague – or yourself – by Feb. 28! For details,

Why Are You An Archivist?

The “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” Challenge #4 invites us to talk about the value WE see in what we do. 

Please add your comment to our post on Facebook. You can also post it to Twitter (#WhyIAmAnArchivist), or email

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