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Attend Archival Collections Management Systems Web Seminar on March 31!

Are you investigating new ways to present information about your collections? Are you looking for a tool to help the public discover your finding aids? Are you considering moving out of Archivist Toolkit or Archon and aren’t sure what to do next? This web seminar, which is an update of the original web seminar developed by Lisa Spiro and her report about archival management software issued by the Council on Library and Information Resources, will take you through the process of evaluating and selecting an archival collections management system that is the right fit for your institution.

Now Available: Rights in the Digital Era!

Rights in the Digital Era, the newest publication in SAA’s Trends in Archives Practice series, provides an essential introduction to the law of copyright, privacy, publicity, and trademarks from an archival perspective. Edited by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt and Christopher J. Prom and featuring an introduction by Peter B. Hirtle, Rights in the Digital Era includes four modules: Understanding Copyright Law by Heather Briston, Balancing Access and Privacy in Manuscript Collections by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, Balancing Access and Privacy in the Records of Organizations by Menzi L. Behrnd-Klodt, and Managing Rights and Permissions by Aprille C. McKay. Print and PDF versions of the publication are available for $29.95 for SAA members ($34.95 for nonmembers). The modules will be available to purchase separately next month. 

SAA Response to Member Request re University of Oregon Records Release Incident

In response to member requests for SAA comment on a recent incident regarding release of records at the University of Oregon, the Council has collected information and issued a response. For a compilation of news articles and other media related to this issue, click here.

January Council Conference Call Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the January 16 Council conference call here.

Call for Volunteers: SAA-ACRL/RBMS Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy

At the end of 2014, the SAA Council and the Executive Committee of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section created a joint task force to develop guidelines that will provide competency standards for primary source literacy. SAA Vice President / President-Elect Dennis Meissner seeks volunteers for the six SAA slots on this group. Interested in volunteering?  Read more hereDeadline: Wednesday, February 25.

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.

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