Christopher J. Prom, SAA Publications Editor 2014-12-02 11:18:09
Call it an archival three-peat. The third edition of the Archival Fundamentals Series will provide core knowledge that archivists need to work effectively with records/archives and papers/manuscripts—both analog and digital—in the twenty-first century. The SAA Publications Board is pursuing an ambitious timeframe to develop the seven volumes in the series, with the first books slated for publication in 2017 and the entire series issued by 2019. The series will support SAA’s four strategic goals: advocating for archives and archivists, enhancing professional growth, advancing the field, and meeting members’ needs. Each volume will consist of five to eight chapters (of variable length) as well as an introduction, and will treat the following general areas: context, theory, and historical development; core concepts and principles; and recommended practices, implementation, and methodology. As with all books published by SAA, they will undergo rigorous peer review and editing. The series, which will be available in e-book and print formats, will be useful to students in archives programs and related information professions as well as Practicing professionals, and will speak to issues affecting the full range of institutional profiles reflected in SAA. Since the 1990s, the Archival Fundamentals Series has been the bedrock of our professional identity. As a community of like-minded (but certainly not singleminded!) People, we face common challenges. We share experiences at annual meetings. We work out solutions in committees, sections, and roundtables. We collaborate and innovate in our digital spaces. Out of this emerges something of lasting value: the literature that SAA publishes. It is shaped by our conversations, written by our members, edited by our staff. Our literature stands as the highest representation of who we are. The Archival Fundamentals Series III, like its predecessors, will continue to represent our intellectual capital as found in our history, current activities, and member contributions to the profession. And that’s something to repeat. Even three-peat!
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