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Coming Soon: Summer DAS Webinars!

Join us this summer for live webinars that will give you the tools and information to manage born-digital records. You can view these webinars with your colleagues, participate in discussions, and get your questions answered. Here’s what’s coming up:

  • On June 2, Preservation Formats in the Context of PDF addresses the criteria for a “preservation format,”  the use of PDF/A as a preservation format, the limitations of PDF, the ISO PDF/A standard, the processes for converting electronic documents to PDF, quality control procedures, and general preservation management for PDFs.
  • The June 19 Metadata Overview for Archivists webinar will cover the basics of descriptive, technical, structural, and administrative metadata. You’ll also see how metadata supports access and preservation in archives.
  • On June 30, get an Introduction to Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts. This webinar introduces techniques for adapting traditional archival practices to the management of digital archival materials, and serves as an introduction to the Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records DAS courses.
  • SAVE THE DATE: July 14 - Providing Access to Digital Archives

State and Federal Grant Resources

The Grants Development Subcommittee of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC) developed a listing of national and state-level grants to raise awareness among member regionals about grant opportunities. The listing is the first phase of RAAC’s grant resource guide, which is expected to expand and evolve over time. 

New Campus Case Study Available

In the latest Campus Case Study, “Digital Preservation Strategies for a Small Private College,” Illinois Wesleyan University Archivist Meg Miner explores tactics lone arrangers can take to ensure good stewardship for born digital and digitized institutional records when their repositories cannot dedicate funds or staff time to digital preservation workflows.

Take the High-Stakes Archival Essay Test!

SAA President Kathleen Roe’s latest call to action challenges us to demonstrate the “core competence” of describing archives work to others. Take the first "High-Stakes Archival Essay Test!"

New Website Launched for American Archivist

The American Archivist—one of the profession’s premier journals—has a new online home at The website has a smart new look, is a lot easier to use, and offers new tools and features to make it an online experience worthy of the journal’s best-in-class content. We’ll be adding some finishing touches over the next few weeks, but we think you’ll already love what you see. Check it out!

Plan Now to Attend ARCHIVES 2015!

Click here to view the online program, download a PDF of the Preliminary Program, make your hotel reservations, access the Host Committee blog, and register for the 2015 Annual Meeting, August 16-22, in Cleveland!

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support NHPRC Funding (By May 15)!

Take a moment now to urge your Congressperson and the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to provide $10 million in funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for federal FY 2016. Here’s how you can help.

2015 SAA Election Results

SAA’s 2015 ballot featured sixteen candidates vying for four offices: Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Council, and Nominating Committee. Elected to serve are . . .

32 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists

Congratulations to the thirty-two 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 February. Click here to see who they are!

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