Nancy P. Beaumont 2014-02-12 14:30:43
During this particularly long and blustery winter I’ve become a bit obsessed with revolving doors. What a brilliant invention! I assumed that their great benefit is temperature control, but in doing some research (admittedly limited to Wikipedia) I learned so much more: “Skyscraper design requires some sort of draft block, such as revolving doors, to prevent the chimney effect of the tall structure from sucking in air at high speed at the base and ejecting it through vents in the roof while the building is being heated, or sucking in air through the vents and ejecting it through the doors while being cooled, both effects due to convection.”1 What really intrigues me about them, though, is that they require their users to demonstrate a certain level of civil behavior (cooperation, collaboration, even consciousness) to function well. We go our own ways before entering and after exiting a revolving door, but while we’re in there, we’re co-dependent. If one person is in a hurry, we’re all along for the ride. If an oblivious texter chooses that moment to stop and compose an undoubtedly critically important message, we may all be at a standstill (and/or she may be subject to injury). Smooth entry and exit depend on those who are in there with us. It’s yet another metaphor for “associating.” SAA benefits significantly when our members, leaders, and staff “associate” for a common purpose. A few recent examples: • A new digital edition of Archival Outlook is being rolled out with this issue. You now can view this issue on any device from anywhere at any time of day. Read it on your tablet, smartphone, or desktop. One of the best features is that you can share individual articles via social media—which was one of the recommendations of the 2012–2013 Communications Task Force. Back issues from 2013 also are being converted to digital editions. Our vendor is BlueToad, which currently publishes the digital editions of 10,000-plus magazines. Chances are you may already be familiar with the cool interface. If not, be prepared to be dazzled! (There is no free lunch, but at $4.00 per page BlueToad provides a very economical way to improve accessibility. We’ll be evaluating access data and your comments and looking at offering an opt-out or opt-in option for the print version of Archival Outlook. So do let us know what you think.) • In the November/December issue I announced that, based on the recommendations of the 2011–2013 Annual Meeting Task Force and the SAA Council’s adoption of “Principles and Priorities for Continuously Improving the SAA Annual Meeting,” we have contracted with the Cleveland Convention Center for 2015 and the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the 2017 conference. I’m happy to tell you that the 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Atlanta. Working together, member volunteers, leaders, and staff are trying out some new options to make the Annual Meeting as accessible and affordable as possible. • The SAA Council and the SAA Foundation Board of Directors will be meeting in Chicago in late January to consider a variety of issues with the common purpose of improving the lot(s) of archives and archivists. Both groups will be dealing with some nitty-gritty stuff and both will be looking at big goals and strategies. Keep an eye on the SAA website, In the Loop, the Off the Record leadership blog, and Facebook and Twitter for the outcomes of their deliberations. Speaking of associating: Our warmest wishes go out to our staff colleague René Mueller, who married her best friend, Jeff Craig, on December 31. Happy New Life!
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