We're sorry! The January 13, 2012, deadline to volunteer for serving on an SAA committee has passed and the Appointments Committee has begun its deliberations. Thank you to all who have applied. If you have any questions please contact the SAA office.
Call for Volunteers to Serve on SAA Appointed Groups
JACKIE DOOLEY, SAA Vice President/President-Elect
SAA is a fantastic society for one reason: You, the members, give generously of your time, talent, and expertise to support our organization’s mission of providing thoughtful and engaged leadership to the archives profession to address a diverse array of archival issues and concerns.
Being eligible to serve on a committee or task force is one of the key benefits of your membership because it enables you to help guide the future of both SAA and our profession. You’ll work with colleagues who share your interests from across the spectrum of members. You’ll gain invaluable experience by working collegially with your peers. You’ll learn about both current professional topics and the ways in which SAA moves forward to accomplish its goals. You’ll expand the scope of your personal network, which will pay off over time in ways you can’t imagine. And if you’re lucky—as I have been—you may even develop friendships that last a lifetime. All of this is to say that you’ll benefit personally as much as the Society and its members will from your contributions.
My chief responsibility as SAA’s vice president/president-elect is to make appointments that will be in effect during my year as president (August 2012–August 2013). Generally this means filling about one-third of appointed positions, as most volunteers serve a three-year term. It’s a big task! I’m therefore delighted that Scott Schwartz (University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign) is serving as the chair of my Appointments Committee, ably assisted by George Bain (retired), Su Kim Chung (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Gerri Schaad (National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum), and Cheryl Stadel-Bevans (NARA), with Karen Jefferson (the 2011–2012 chair, Atlanta University Center) as ex officio.
How does the appointments process work? The committee solicits volunteers from the membership-at-large via a
and also takes nominations from the current leaders of these groups. As always, we’ll follow SAA’s long-standing policy of making appointments that reflect the diversity of our membership in all appropriate ways, including years in the profession, race and ethnicity, gender, geographic region, and type of archival repository.
Given our large and enthusiastic membership, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to appoint all who volunteer. Therefore, to ensure that as many of you as possible can gain the experience of appointed service, we will adhere to two criteria:
- Individuals may be elected or appointed to only one position at a time.
- Individuals are not appointed to a second term unless there is a critical requirement to continue some aspect of the work beyond the appointment period.
If you have questions about the appointments process, please contact Scott or me at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing your application.
Appointments Available in 2012-2013:
The following groups will have vacancies (number of vacancies indicated in parentheses) beginning in August 2012. For a description of these groups, please visit the online Directory of SAA Leaders.
To complete the volunteer form,
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 13, 2012.
- SAA/ALA/AAM Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM) (1)
- American Archivist Editorial Board (4)
- Awards Committee (Co-chair)
- Archival Innovator Award Subcommittee (3)
- C.F.W. Coker Award Subcommittee (1)
- Distinguished Service Award Subcommittee (1)
- Diversity Award Subcommittee (3)
- Emerging Leader Award Subcommittee (3)
- Josephine Forman Minority Scholarship Subcommittee (1)
- F. Gerald Ham and Elsie Ham Scholarship Subcommittee (1 SAA Fellow)
- Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee (1)
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award Subcommittee (1)
- J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee (1)
- Sister M. Claude Lane, OP, Memorial Award Subcommittee (1)
- Waldo Gifford Leland Award Subcommittee (1)
- Mosaic Scholarship Subcommittee (1)
- Theodore Calvin Pease Award Subcommittee (1)
- Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Subcommittee (1)
- Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award Subcommittee (1)
- Fellows’ Ernst Posner Award Subcommittee (1 SAA Fellow)
- Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee (1)
- Spotlight Award Subcommittee (1)
- Committee on Education (2)
- Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Subcommittee (1)
- Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (2)
- Diversity Committee (4, including one designated representative from each of the following)
- Native American Archives Roundtable
- Women Archivists Roundtable/Women's Collections Roundtable
- Fellows Steering Committee (3 SAA Fellows)
- Finance Committee (1)
- Host Committee – New Orleans 2013 (10-12)
- Membership Committee (2)
- Program Committee – New Orleans 2013 (10)
- Publications Board (4)
- Standards Committee (3)
- SAA Foundation / National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives Grant Review Committee (2)