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SAA President Kathleen Roe’s latest call to action: in five words or less, how would you pique someone’s interest so that he or she will listen to your full elevator speech or engage in a discussion about archives and archivists? See responses and add your own on Twitter: #archivesin5words.

Prepublication Special: Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository

The latest addition to SAA's Trends in Archives Practice Series, this excellent module by Steve Marks with an introduction by Bruce Ambacher demystifies ISO 16363 by describing its major criteria and explaining how trust can be demonstrated as part of an audit. Now through June 30, take advantage of our Prepublication Special: SAA members can receive both the print and PDF editions for $19.99 ($29.99 for nonmembers) and get free shipping. Orders will be shipped the first week in July. 

SAA Names 2015 Fellows and Award Recipients

SAA will honor the accomplishments and innovations of twenty-five outstanding individuals and organizations at the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, August 16–22, 2015. Award categories include outstanding contributions to the archives profession, advocacy and public awareness, writing and publishing excellence, and scholarships and travel awards. Please join us in congratulating the new SAA Fellows and award recipients!

SAA Council Adopts FY16 Budget, Approves Dues Referendum

The SAA Council at its May 28-30 meeting in Chicago approved the FY16 budget, voted to put forward a proposed dues increase via all-member referendum, discussed the future of the Mosaic Program, and more….

2015-2017 Mosaic Program Participants Named

SAA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announce the selection of six master of library and information science (MLIS) students with specialization in archives to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program reflects the joint commitment of SAA and ARL to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce. Click here for details.

Opening: Reviews Editor, The American Archivist

Are you a voracious reader of the professional literature?  Do you have an intrepid curiosity about trends in archives technology and open source tools?  Are you interested in bringing information about the latest archives resources to your colleagues? Then you should apply to be the next Reviews Editor of The American Archivist. Click here to learn more!

ARCHIVES 2015: Call for Pop-Up Session Proposals

The ARCHIVES 2015 Program Committee invites submission of proposals for the inaugural round of Pop-Up Sessions at the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland, August 16–22. Pop-Up Sessions are envisioned as a way to liven up the annual program by focusing on ideas and content that may have popped up in the interval between November (when the customary program sessions are selected) and August. Submissions must be sent to by 11:59 PM, Central time, on Friday, July 17.

May Council Meeting Materials Now Available

The SAA Council will meet from Thursday, May 28, through Saturday, May 30, in Chicago. View the agenda and discussion materials here.

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. 

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