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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

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Call for Applications—Deadline February 28

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and SAA are now accepting applications for the 2015-2017 cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, robust internship experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. Read more here.

Happy Holidays from SAA!

The SAA office will be closed on Wednesday, December 24; Thursday, December 25; Wednesday, December 31; and Thursday, January 1. Happy Holidays – and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

November Council Meeting Minutes Adopted

Browse the minutes of the November 9-12 Council meeting here.

New Issue of "The American Archivist" Available Now!

Stay warm and curl up with the latest The American Archivist (Fall/Winter 2014). In this issue, Ricardo L. Punzalan explores the challenges posed by dispersed photographic collections; John A. Fleckner discusses the professional contributions of his mentor, F. Gerald Ham; and Scott Cline continues his ongoing discussion of what it means to be an archivist. There are a dozen fascinating articles, including a special section featuring three articles exploring Twitter and archives, and reviews of six books dealing with a broad range of topics. The new issue is available online and will be mailed to members this month. 

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