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SAA Council Refines Strategic Plan, Focuses on Diversity and Cultural Competency

Read about the Council’s November 9-11 discussions and decisions here. Minutes of the meeting will be available within 60 days.

Vote Now! The 2015 Election Closes April 13

Eligible voters can access their ballots for the 2015 SAA election between March 13 and April 13. Click here for more info.

This Veterans Day, share how the public can discover more about veterans by exploring your collections.

This Veterans Day and throughout the year, archivists around the country can help connect you with records, photographs, and information that can illuminate the lives and service of veterans. Our nation’s archives document not only the experiences of men and women engaged in combat far from home, but also the day-to-day struggles of their families and the impact of times of war on their communities. Read more.

Take Advantage of Learning about “Advocating for Archives” in One of the Workshops Scheduled December 8 or 9!

You value your profession, but aren’t sure how to make an impact in advocating for it? This workshop offered in support of SAA’s Strategic Goal 1: “Society values the vital role of archivists and archives” provides information on how to identify goals, develop and deliver a message, and implement methods for advocating for archives programs (including your own!) and archives issues. The instructor offers practical approaches, tangible models, and examples of materials needed to be an effective advocate. Read more at http://ow.ly/DKF2M

New Webinar: Forming Names According to RDA on December 4!

This new webinar will give an overview of the rules outlined in the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard. You'll begin with a discussion of the benefits of authority work and authority structures, including available resources such as the Library of Congress Authorities and the Union List of Artists Names. Then we'll cover the construction of names for persons, corporate bodies, and families in detail and reference the specific rules as found in RDA. Learn more and register. 

Call for 2015 Student Paper and Poster Presentations

The 2015 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions—a paper session and a poster session—dedicated to student scholarship during the Annual Meeting in Cleveland, August 16–22, 2015. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals are due February 2, 2015. Read more and submit your proposal here.

#AskAnArchivist Day a Tweet Success!!!

With thousands of Tweets and hundreds of participants, the first-ever #AskAnArchivist Day exceeded expectations. “It was an incredible event to watch unfold on Twitter—from some early tentative questions and answers to a full-blown, pulsating flow of information and excitement by mid-morning and carrying on through the afternoon,” said SAA President Kathleen Roe. SAA’s Committee on Public Awareness,  which sponsored the event, extends a hearty thank you to all who made it a success through their promotion and participation. More details to come and, best of all, the next #AskAnArchivist Day to plan!

November Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Sunday, November 9, through Wednesday, November 12, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

Attend the new DAS webinar, Archival Collections Management Systems, November 4!

Don’t miss your chance to ask questions during this live presentation! If you are considering implementing an archival collections management system (ACMS) such as ArchivesSpace or Collective Access; or, if you are overwhelmed by the process of selecting the right tool for your institution, this web seminar will take you through the process of evaluating and selecting a content management system.

Get Involved! A Call to Service in SAA

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Dennis Meissner is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2015. If you’re interested in contributing to SAA’s growth—and developing professionally yourself!—review the list of open appointments and the volunteer formDeadline: January 20, 2015.

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