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  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:09 PM | Anonymous

    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!

    Click here to take the survey.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:24 PM | Anonymous

    Interference Archive is continuing their education series, and seeks proposals for single-session classes. Classes could be lectures, film viewing and discussion, hands-on workshops, or any other format you can imagine. In keeping with the mission of Interference Archive, there is a goal of exploring the link between social movements and culture-making.

    Deadline for proposals is January 30th.

    For more information:

  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:19 PM | Anonymous

    Posted on behalf of the SAA Awards Committee.

    The Society of American Archivists’ Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives. Criteria for nomination include:

    ·        Involvement and work in the Archivists of Religious Collections Section (ARCS) of the Society of American Archivists.

    ·        Contributions to archival literature that relates to religious archives.

    ·        Participation and leadership in religious archives organizations.

    ·        Evidence of leadership in specific religious archives.

    Only individual archivists are eligible for nomination. The award is sponsored by the Society of Southwest Archivists, in conjunction with Society of American Archivists.  It is named in honor of  Sister M. Claude Lane, the first professionally trained archivist at the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin, who served there from 1960 until her death in 1974. The award finalist is recognized with a certificate from SAA and a $300 cash prize provided by the Society of Southwest Archivists at the annual Society of American Archivists meeting. 

    For more information on the Lane Award, including past winners, see:

    To nominate an archivist for the Lane Award please follow the guidelines provided in the Nomination Form via the link on that page.

    All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2015.

    Please contact me if you have any questions:

    David Kingma, CA

    Foley Center Library

    Gonzaga University

    502 East Boone

    Spokane, WA 99258-0095



  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 6:58 PM | Anonymous

    As reported on the Society of American Archivists website:

    CHICAGO—Thirty-six archivists earned the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) after completing required coursework and passing a comprehensive examination in November. SAA’s DAS certificate program was developed by experts in the field of digital archives and provides archivists with the information and tools needed to manage the demands of born-digital records.

    DAS certificate holders must complete nine courses from four tiers: Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, Tools and Services, and Transformational, and pass the comprehensive examination. DAS certificate holders have the skills to understand the nature of electronic records; define requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives; formulate strategies for appraising, describing, managing, organizing, and preserving digital archives; plan for new tools and technologies and integrate them into existing functions to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to digital collections; curate, store, and retrieve original masters and access copies of digital archives; and provide reliable service related to electronic records and digital archives.

    The new Digital Archives Specialists are: Marci Behm (Des Moines Public Library), Michael L. Case (USO), Jenny Cashman (Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences), Ryan A. Donaldson (The Durst Organization), Martin Firestein (William Rainey Harper College), Sharon L. Guthrie (Rice University), Mary Haberle (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), Sarah A. Haug (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Jennifer Ho (Chicago Community Trust), Amy B. James (Maryland State Archives), Kellie M. Johnson (Utah Valley University), Lisa Johnston (University of Minnesota), Jennifer E. King (The George Washington University), Elizabeth S. Knight (Consulting Archivist), Carol Kussmann (University of Minnesota), Matthew B. Leavitt (Brigham Young University), Janice Lurie (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Alexis S. Macklin (University of Colorado, Boulder), Jamie L. Martin (IBM Corporation Archives), Shannon Mawhiney (Missouri State University), Megan H. McGovern (Progressive Insurance), Jessica McIntyre (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Lisa A. Mix (New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center), Martha R. Noble (California Judicial Center Library), Amanda G. Pellerin (Jimmy Carter Presidential Library), Clint Pumphrey (Utah State University), Andrea W. Richardson (The Portman Archives), Rebecca Russell (Rice University), Lisa M. Schmidt (Michigan State University), Lauren Seney (The College of William and Mary), Elizabeth Shepard (Weill Cornell Medical Center Archives), Gina M. Strack (Utah State Archives), Lisa Sutton (Washington National Records Center), Rodney R. Swaner (Utah State Archives), Ashley L. Taylor (University of Pittsburgh), and Todd Welch (Northern Arizona University).

    A total of 186 people have earned Digital Archives Specialist certificates since the program began in October 2011. Currently, there are more than six hundred participants in SAA’s DAS program who are working toward earning a certificate. For more information, visit or contact SAA Education Director Solveig De Sutter (


    Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA enables more than 6,100 individual and institutional members to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. For more information, visit

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    The National Humanities Alliance is having their annual meeting and advocacy day March 16-17 in Washington DC.  

    What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than meeting members of Congress and advocating for Federal funding of archives?

    For more info and registration see:

    Advance registration closes January 31st.

  • Monday, January 12, 2015 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    The new issue of the International Council on Archives' Human Rights Working Group News, containing information about events that occurred in December, is now on line at

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    The recently-passed Senate FOIA bill is jostling with lots of other unfinished business for room on the House’s suspension calendar. If It doesn’t make it on the calendar, it dies for the year – and will likely be even harder to pass next year ( Please help us convince Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McCarthy that they cannot miss this opportunity to pass a bill that will make federal agencies more accountable to the public.


    Please tweet:

    @SpeakerBoehner & @GOPLeader don't miss this opportunity to make fed agcys more accountable to the public! Schedule #FOIA vote today

  • Friday, December 05, 2014 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    The new issue of the International Council on Archives' Human Rights Working Group News, containing information about events that occurred in November, is now on line at

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 10:54 PM | Anonymous

    Posted on behalf of the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC). More information may be found on the SAA website:

    What Is #AskAnArchivist Day?

    It’s an opportunity to:

    ·         Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.

    ·         Talk directly to the public undefined via Twitter undefined about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.

    ·         Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!

    ·         Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.

    ·         Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists. 

    How Does It Work?

    On October 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

    Questions will vary widely, from the silly (What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?) to the practical (What should I do to be sure that my e-mails won’t get lost?), but each question will be an opportunity to share more about our work and our profession with the public.

    Between now and October 30:

    PROMOTE #AskAnArchivist Day among your users and constituents via your institution’s website, Twitter account, blog, newsletter, and any other mediums available to you. Click here for the public announcement (and feel free to pick up language from it for your own promotions).

    For additional inspiration on what your promotion of #AskAnArchivist Day might look like, see these great examples of the recent promotion by museums of #AskACurator Day:

    ·         Cincinnati Museum Center

    ·         Indianapolis Museum of Art

    ·         The Library of Virginia

    ·         Presidential Libraries of the National Archives

    Examples of possible Twitter promotion:

    ·         Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Tag us at @TWITTERHANDLE and use #AskAnArchivist.

    ·         Archivists at @TWITTERHANDLE are gearing up for #AskAnArchivist Day on October 30! Literallyundefineddocuments and photo boxes stacked and waiting!

    ENCOURAGE the public to use #AskAnArchivist and your institution’s Twitter handle (e.g., @smithsonian) when asking questions so you won’t miss any that are intended for you and so we will be able to track questions and answers to measure overall participation.

    TALK to your staff and colleagues to develop a plan for responding to tweets throughout the day.  Will one person respond to all tweets?  Will you share the task? Will individuals sign up for time slots and let the public know who will be available when?

    Here’s one example:

    ·         During this year’s #AskACurator Day, one person at the Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to monitor both the general hashtag and tweets sent directly to @imamuseum. When direct questions came in or interesting general questions were posed via the hashtag, the designated monitor sent the questions to participating curators via email. The curators (and their archivist!) replied with their answers, and the monitor posted all answers from the @imamuseum Twitter account. (See the Storify of the IMA's participation in #AskACurator Day for results.)

    CREATE an institutional Twitter account if you don’t already have one. #AskAnArchivist Day and American Archives Month are both great opportunities to start one! Click here to get started.

    And if an institutional Twitter account is not an option for you, go ahead and answer questions from your personal Twitter account! If your institutional affiliation and job title are not already listed on your profile, be sure to add that for the duration of #AskAnArchivist Day.

    TWEET and GREET! Take advantage of this opportunity to join with archivists from around the country to talk to and hear directly from the public on October 30.

  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 12:24 AM | Anonymous

    The 2014 New York Archives Week Events Calendar is now available! This revised version includes events listings from the following 25 organizations:

    • American Civil Liberties Union Archives
    • American Museum of Natural History Research Library
    • Bayside Historical Society
    • Brooklyn Public Library
    • Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Columbia University
    • Center for Jewish History
    • Chin Ying Asian Library, Sun Yat-Sen Hall, St. John’s University
    • City University of New York Graduate Center Library
    • Girl Scouts of the USA, National Historic Preservation Center
    • Józef Piłsudski Institute of America
    • Monmouth County Archives
    • National Archives and Records Administration of New York City
    • NYC Department of Records & Information Services/Municipal Archives
    • New-York Historical Society
    • New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
    • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    • Oyster Bay Historical Society
    • Port Washington Public Library
    • Richard Meier Model Museum
    • RESOBOX Gallery
    • St. John’s University - Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library
    • St. Joseph’s Seminary
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Tamiment Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York University
    • Waldorf Astoria New York Hotel

    The calendar can be viewed here.

    A.R.T. thanks all of the organizations that are participating in New York Archives Week this year.

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