Rachel Chatalbash and Amanda Focke 2014-07-22 11:28:37
Regional archival organizations are the tireless champions of archival collections and the archivists who manage them. They advocate; build relationships with local communities through targeted outreach programs and events; and maintain ties to other professional groups, including librarians, records managers, historians, and genealogists. For many archivists, regional archival organizations serve as their core professional development opportunity. But regionals work largely in isolation. In an effort to combine forces, archivists representing multistate, state, and local regional organizations from across the country recently came together to form the Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC). Forming RAAC In August 2012, representatives from several regional archival organizations gathered during the SAA Annual Meeting in San Diego at a summit devoted to discussing the regionals and their needs. Everyone wanted to know: How could the regionals reach one another in times of need, especially concerning advocacy issues? Could there be a way to share educational programming or collaborate on events? How could the success of one regional be replicated by others? The summit’s participants drafted a set of recommendations from these discussions. The recommendations included establishing a listserv to ensure ongoing discussion and creating a formal group responsible for increasing collaboration, communication, and resource sharing among regional archival organizations. From these recommendations, we began working to establish RAAC. A New Collaboration With members representing forty-three regional archival organizations, RAAC is dedicated to improving collaboration and communication among the regionals and between the regionals and SAA to streamline initiatives, reduce costs, and increase services to archivists around the nation. Led by co-chairs and a steering committee comprising seven individuals, RAAC also includes subcommittees devoted to advocacy, disaster planning and recovery, education, grant development, and public awareness. RAAC also has taken on the responsibility of annually updating SAA’s Directory of Regional Archival Organizations (http://www2 .archivists.org/assoc-orgs/directory). SAA has contributed to the formation of RAAC by providing support from the SAA Council, a listserv through which RAAC representatives can communicate, a microsite for sharing information, and a space at the SAA Annual Meeting where RAAC representatives can meet. Future Directions Over the course of the next few years, RAAC hopes to give members insights on the work regional leaders are conducting throughout the nation. RAAC will create resources for members of regionals to share ideas and learn about other regionals’ initiatives. On a broader scale, RAAC will foster greater awareness of the achievements of the regionals and the impact they have on our national archival landscape. More information on RAAC can be found on the group’s microsite: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/regional-archival-associations-consortium-raac. We look forward to the work ahead! Regional Archival Organizations and Representatives Belonging to RAAC Multistate * Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists: Julia Stringfellow (2013–2014) * Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference: John LeGloahec (2013–2015) * Midwest Archives Conference: Daria Labinsky (2013–2014) * New England Archivists: Tessa Beers (2013–2015) * Northwest Archivists, Inc.: Josh Zimmerman (2013–2014) * Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists: Tim Hawkins (2013–2016) * Society of Southwest Archivists: Amanda Focke (2013–2015) Statewide * Association of Hawaii Archivists: Gina Vergara-Bautista (2013–2014) * Consortium of Iowa Archivists: Karen Mason (2013–2015) * Kentucky Council on Archives: Anne Ryckbost (2013–2014) * Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association: Michelle Riggs (2013–2015) * Maine Archives and Museums: Jessica Skwire Routhier (2013–2014) * Michigan Archival Association: Kristen Chinery (2013–2016) * New Hampshire Archives Group: Brian Burford (2013–2015) * New York Archives Conference: Barb Morley (2013–2014) * Society of Alabama Archivists: Lyn Frasier (2013–2015) * Society of California Archivists: James Eason (2013–2014) * Society of Florida Archivists: Tomaro Taylor (2013–2015) * Society of Georgia Archivists: Lynette Stoudt (2013–2015) * Society of Indiana Archivists: Anne Thomason (2013–2014) * Society of Mississippi Archivists: Jennifer Brannock (2013–2016) * Society of North Carolina Archivists: Rebecca Petersen (2013–2015) * Society of Ohio Archivists: Judith Wiener (2013–2014) * Society of Tennessee Archivists: Kathleen Smith (2013–2015) * South Carolina Archival Association: Beth Bilderback (2013–2014) Local (City or Regional within a State) * Archivists of Central Texas: Daniel Alonzo (2013–2016) * Archivists of the Houston Area: Lee Pecht (2013–2015) * Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc.: Rachel Chatalbash (2013–2016) * Association of St. Louis Area Archivists: Philip Skroska (2013–2015) * Capital Area Archivists of New York: Michael Martin (2013–2014) * Central Oklahoma Archivists League: Jennifer Day (2013–2015) * Charleston Archives, Libraries and Museum Council: Kathleen Gray (2013–2014) * Chicago Area Archivists: Jessica Farrell (2013–2015) * Cleveland Archival Roundtable: Susan Miller (2013–2014) * Delaware Valley Archivists Group: Leslie O’Neill (2013–2015) * Greater New Orleans Archivists: Rachel Lyons (2013–2014) * Kansas City Area Archivists: Marcella Wiget (2013–2015) * Metro Detroit Archivists League: Casey Westerman (2013–2015) * Miami Valley Archives Roundtable: Lisa Rickey (2013–2015) * Saint Louis Area Religious Archivists: David Miros (2013–2014) * Seattle Area Archivists: Carol Shenk (2013–2014) * Southeastern Wisconsin Archives Group: Brad Houston (2013–2015) * Twin Cities Archives Round Table: Jennifer Johnson (2013–2014)
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