The SAA Sampler Series offers just that—a sample of content from authoritative books on archives published by the Society of American Archivists. Each open access sampler provides an overview of a relevant theme and includes a select chapter from three different books so that readers get a taste of the full publications. Ideal for classroom use, book clubs, and group discussions.
Archivists must continually explain who they are, what they do, and why archives are important to society. The selected chapters in this sampler offer different approaches and techniques from three books which align with the core goal of advocating for archives. Compiled with an introduction by Cheryl Oestreicher, the content includes:
Click to download the Archival Advocacy Sampler.
All archivists will face legal or ethical concerns throughout their careers. In many cases, we are caught unaware, and pressure is escalated by time crunches or demanding patrons. The chapter from the three books represented here aim to equip archivists to handle these sorts of dilemmas as they arise, by presenting practical information drawn from real-life experiences of archivists. Compiled with an introduction by Lisa A. Mix, the content includes:
Click to download the Law and Ethics Sampler.
As repositories of the objects that make up the historical record, archives have the potential to shape and define our collective understanding of the past. The selected chapters in this sampler consider personal and collective memory as well as examples of political influence over the historical record. Compiled with an introduction by Kathryn Michaelis and Nicole Milano, the content includes:
Click to download the Social Justice Sampler.