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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:14 PM | Anonymous
    Tuesday, July 21—SAA learned this morning from the National Coalition for History that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees NARA, will take up a bill tomorrow morning to address the recent data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who introduced the bill, proposes to offset the costs associated with implementing it by eliminating the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. With markup certain today, we thought it important to notify you of this situation with an understanding that it will be very important to take action – both as individuals and collectively – when this bill comes before the House. We will notify you as soon as we’re aware of that timing. SAA is communicating with the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators regarding this situation and further action.


  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    An article by SAA Intellectual Property Working Group member William Maher, who represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the recent meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. 


  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:32 AM | Anonymous
    In a letter to the U.S. Copyright Office in July, SAA President Kathleen Roe concludes that, “…archival collections are brimming with rich stories and essential information that cannot find their readers because of the long duration of copyright. The failure of Congress to create a workable system for digitization effectively imprisons our shared cultural heritage.” Read the full letter here

    http://files.archivists.org/Copyright_Office_OrphanWorks_071015-2.pdf

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  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 9:30 AM | Anonymous
    SAA issued a Statement on Use of Non-government Email Accounts for the Conduct of Public Business in March 2015. Since then they have worked with the Council of State Archivists and the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators on a joint statement on this important public policy issue. Read the joint statement here.

    http://www2.archivists.org/news/2015/joint-statement-on-conducting-public-business-in-non-government-email-accounts-june-2015

  • Thursday, June 25, 2015 11:06 PM | Anonymous

    Good news since NYPL, BPL, & QPL include some awesome archives and special collections:

    NYC Public Libraries Get Largest Funding Increase Ever


    In a deal on the fiscal year 2016 budget struck late Monday night, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced an extra $39 million for the city’s libraries. The additional funding will allow for a restoration of six-day service at all branches across the city’s three library systems (Brooklyn, New York, and Queens) and create some 500 new jobs, Library Journal reported.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015 6:27 PM | Anonymous

    As first announced at the A.R.T. Annual Business Meeting, we are pleased to announce the newly elected A.R.T. Board members:

    Vice President/President Elect - Kerri Anne Burke

    Secretary - Rachel Greer

    Treasurer - Michael Andrec

    Director of the Advocacy Committee - Dennis Riley

    Director of the Communications Committee - Laura DeMuro

    Director of the Education Committee - Rachel Harrison

    Director of the Programming Committee - Alexandra Lederman

    The newly elected Board members will be joining the rest of the Board fulfilling their second year of volunteer service:

    President - Janet Bunde

    Director of the Membership Committee - Tamar Zeffren

    Director of the Outreach Committee - Tiffany Nixon

     

    Congratulations to all!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Future of Iowa historic records raises national alarm

    A Tuesday letter from the Washington, D.C.-based American Historical Association directed to Gov. Terry Branstad and several officials with the Department of Cultural Affairs expresses a “grave concern” about reductions in resources at the state society.

    The letter from AHA President Vicki Ruiz and Executive Director James Grossman details the value of historic preservation, but also the repercussions of losing historic state records.

    http://thegazette.com/subject/news/government/future-of-iowa-historic-records-raises-national-alarm-20150619

  • Monday, June 15, 2015 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    Since the United States joined the Open Government Partnership in 2011, U.S. agencies have been working alongside civil society to develop and implement commitments to increase transparency, improve participation, and curb corruption.

    Consistent with the commitment to the Open Government Partnership, later this year the United States plans to publish a third Open Government National Action Plan (NAP) including new and expanded open government initiatives to pursue in the next two years

    Please share any NAP suggestions with us via email at opengov@ostp.gov or tweet us at@OpenGov. You can also contribute ideas to a publicly available Hackpad — an open, collaborative platform — that the General Services Administration is helping coordinate. 

    For full details see:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/06/04/help-us-strengthen-open-government

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    From SAA's Issues & Advocacy Roundtable, a new initiative to discuss critical issues affecting the archives profession:

    We’re not even halfway through 2015 yet, but it appears to be a rather dramatic year for archives. From records management issues in universities to questionable email practices of public officials to laws that appear to be throwbacks to the early twentieth-century, there’s a lot going on that can affect both archives and archivists. With that in mind, the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable is launching a blog series called Archivists on the Issues and are looking for contributors.

    Entries should discuss how a particular issue in the news affected or could potentially affect you as an archivist and/or your collections. Unless contributors indicate otherwise, each post will be published anonymously. Institutional information will be limited to broad identifiers, i.e. college/university, government, corporate, etc. Please limit submissions to 500 words. We encourage multiple entries on the same topic, as well as rebuttals, and hope to generate a rich conversation about the issues confronting our profession.

    Please send your submissions to archivesissues@gmail.com. We are also happy to receive ideas for posts and provide feedback.

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Join the celebration of International Archives Day 2015 and promote your archive service!

    All around the world archivists will unite on 9th June 2015 to celebrate the significance and achievements of our profession. Send us a copy of a document drawn from your collections which shows the locality served by your archive service; tell us about the image and, if you wish, provide us with a short message and the web address of your archive. The section for local, municipal and territorial archives of the International Council on Archives has prepared a site to display all the images and messages sent to us

    To participate, please send a jpeg image (max 800x800 px) of your chosen document, together with a short description of it in your own language by the 30th May 2015 to: m.langelaar@rotterdam.nl . If you offered an image in 2014, why not add a second one for 2015 – the website will accommodate a growing number of images over the years to come?

    Like our Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICA-Section-Local-Municipal-and-Territorial-Archives/183455228363014Follow us@ICArchiv #IAD15

    We look forward to sharing your treasures with colleagues everywhere in the world.

    Happy International Archives Day!


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