Dennis Meissner Elected Vice President Dennis Meissner, head of collections management at the Minnesota Historical Society, has been elected SAA vice president/president-elect for 2014–2015. He begins his one-year term this August following the Annual Meeting and will serve as the seventyfirst president in 2015–2016. Current Vice President Kathleen Roe will assume the 2014–2015 presidency in August. A Fellow of SAA, Meissner recognizes the prominent role SAA plays in advocating for the archival community. However, he notes that this role pales in comparison to the supporting role the organization plays “as a partner with other archival advocates, including local and regional archival associations, individual archivists, and archival repositories.” To engage with these individuals and organizations, SAA must collaborate with them by providing training, advice, and informational resources. SAA must remain accountable, which “demands a robust standing committee to ensure that the ongoing collaboration for advocacy has the tools and resources it needs, that these efforts are scrutinized and enforced, and that communication is effective.” SAA must also evaluate its work, ensuring that “good will leads to good results,” Meissner says. Pam Hackbart-Dean, James Roth, and Rachel Vagts to Join the SAA Council Pam Hackbart-Dean (Southern Illinois University–Carbondale), James Roth (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum), and Rachel Vagts (Berea College) have been elected to the Council for three-year terms (2014–2017). The newly elected identified the priorities for advancing SAA’s Strategic Plan in their respective candidate statements. Pam Hackbart-Dean “The SAA Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for promoting the value and diversity of archives and archivists, and it focuses our attention on what matters most: evolving our organization and profession. Now the priority must be to market it. We archivists should use social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr to promote all aspects of the plan. “Another way to promote the plan would be to hold town hall discussions during the Annual Meeting as well as webinars to explain the plan’s objectives in detail, the timelines to be met, and the strategies necessary to meet them. By spreading the word . . . We will generate excitement for the plan. It will also allow for discussion and ideas from the membership on how to move SAA and the profession forward.” James Roth “My priorities for advancing the Strategic Plan focus on my commitment to lifelong learning for members of our profession . . . We must provide professional growth to expose members to new trends, technologies, and best practices in the field. We will continue to seek new learning opportunities, such as webinars and online publications . . . We must respond positively and take chances on new types of learning experiences, such as CURATECamps and Hack-a-thons. “We must always remember that as Council, we work for the membership. If we do not encourage members to continue to seek knowledge, to participate in the national conversation about archives and information, or to communicate and share our knowledge with as wide an audience as possible, then we have failed our duty.” Rachel Vagts “The four goals of the current SAA Strategic Plan seek to support the Society’s mission to promote the value and diversity of archivists and archives . . . It is my priority that the Society and the Council must work to create channels of communication that provide transparency and clearly share the work that the Society is doing on behalf of its members as they undertake these proposed actions. “During my terms on the Membership Committee and the Annual Meeting Task Force, I had the opportunity to hear ideas that SAA members brought forward calling for change within our organization. As an organization, we must remain responsive to the needs of our members (both new and old), continuing to develop ways of receiving feedback through both formal and informal routes of communication to grow and strengthen the Society.” SAA Nominating Committee Welcomes Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Erin O’Meara, and Eira Tansey The 2015 Nominating Committee will comprise Cristela Garcia- Spitz (University of California, San Diego), Erin O’Meara (Gates Archive), Eira Tansey (University of Cincinnati), and two third-year Council members selected by the Council at its May 2014 meeting. O’Meara will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee. The committee begins its service immediately and works through the fall in preparing a slate of candidates for the 2015 election. The new members of the Nominating Committee defined their vision of diverse leadership for SAA and described how they would select candidates to make that vision a reality. Cristela Garcia-Spitz “Diverse leadership brings fresh perspectives, creative thinking, innovation, and a wide range of knowledge, skills, and experiences to an organization. When selecting nominations for leadership positions, we want to highlight the broad range of SAA members by finding representation from multiple viewpoints of distinct archival specializations, cultural backgrounds, geographic regions, types of institutions, and different points in their careers. “One way to do this is to have members of the Nominating Committee reach out to identify qualified candidates they have encountered throughout their professional careers and seek out ways to engage or re-engage members through their networks . . . I strive to meet new people as well as keep connections with colleagues I have met over the years . . . Participation in planning committees and roundtables has also given me a broader perspective on the various communities within SAA.” Erin O’Meara “Diverse leadership in action includes a team that has diverse opinions, experiences, perspectives, and organizational affiliations. The team should accurately reflect the diversity within SAA’s membership. “I would work to identify and select potential candidates through multiple avenues. First, reach out through more traditional channels—to individual contacts, as well as section and roundtable leaders to identify any potential nominees. But I would also go through nontraditional routes like Twitter and other externally relevant groups like CURATEcamp attendees, [National Digital Stewardship Alliance] affiliates, [Digital Library Forum] members, and regional associations. It is important to find out what has worked and what hasn’t worked in previous years from membership and leadership.” Eira Tansey “Working toward a diverse leadership for SAA starts much earlier than identifying current members for opportunities—it begins before someone joins SAA, by establishing a foundation to attract a diverse constituency to the profession in the first place. “SAA’s recent partnership with ARL to expand the Mosaic Program for the recruitment of archivists from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups is a significant achievement. The large number of applications for this year’s cohort is encouraging, and suggests that future recruitment efforts will continue to be successful. Initiatives such as the Mosaic Program are essential to identifying future SAA leaders.”
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