Nancy P. Beaumont 2015-07-29 11:06:45
Cleveland. It’s not just in my every thought these days. It’s everywhere! Over the course of what seemed like an eternity in May and June, the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced through the NBA playoffs and finals, thrashing my beloved Bulls along the way and giving Golden State a run for its money. How many times did we see Cleveland’s lovely skyline during that run? But also . . . • Tucked between Sri Lanka at #19 and Vietnam at #21 on Fodor’s “Go List 2015” (“…the 25 can’t-miss spots that we think should be on every traveler’s radar in 2015”)? #20: Cleveland. • Number 7 on Travel + Leisure’s “Best Food City in America” list? Cleveland. • James Beard award-nominated “Best Chef/Great Lakes”? Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland. • Named to the “150 Best Bars in America” list? The Velvet Tango Room in Cleveland. • Site of the 2016 Republican National Convention? Cleveland. And, in fact, the Cleveland Convention Center. ARCHIVES 2015 will be our first annual meeting in a convention center. We’ve learned a few lessons about how convention centers differ from conference hotels. For example, in this convention center we can’t change room sets in the middle of the day or move the chairs around. (They’re hooked together!) There’s no restaurant. But there is an Au Bon Pain off the West Patio upstairs and we’ll have a concession kiosk open on Thursday during the noontime forums and brown bag lunches. There are many restaurants just blocks away. And we’ll have great meeting and networking space with some actual natural light at the end of the long hallway. Be prepared! The morning events will start just a bit later to accommodate “commuting” from the hotels. (See the full schedule at https://archives2015.sched .org/.) Something we didn’t know when we booked this meeting—apparently no one outside the planning commission knew it—was that the Public Square on which the Renaissance Hotel sits would be under serious construction. Getting pretty for the RNC, we’re told. So do allow yourself some extra time. You won’t want to be late for the plenary sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings. For Plenary I on Thursday, SAA President Kathleen Roe has found some excellent speakers to open our eyes to the importance of telling compelling stories about archives and archivists—stories that express how Archives Change Lives. At our “Leadership Plenary” on Friday, you’ll hear Kathleen’s reflections on the “Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” in her presidential address; President-Elect Dennis Meissner will share the directions and initiatives within SAA’s Strategic Plan that will be the focus of his presidency; and Council member Helen Wong Smith will introduce the Council’s initiative on cultural competence for archivists. Throughout the conference, you’ll be able to select from the array of seventy education sessions selected by the Program Committee. And this year you’ll be able to propose a Pop-Up session spontaneously—or participate in voting for which Pop-Up ideas are of greatest interest to you. Stay tuned to the conference website for more information. If you’re wondering what to do in your spare time, take a look at the Host Committee’s awesome collection of ideas on its blog (https://saa2015cle.wordpress.com/) and Co- Chair Jennie Thomas’s article in this issue (“Flee to the Cleve,” page 16). Really, Jennie, beer-based doughnuts? So much to do in just four perfect days in the Cleve…. Notes 1 http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook /section1/constitution 2 http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook /section1/bylaws Council Proposes Stepped Dues Increase, Effective July 2016 An important item of business will be brought before the Annual Membership (Business) Meeting in Cleveland on Saturday, August 22, 11:15 am–12:30 pm: A proposal to initiate a three-year stepped dues increase, effective July 1, 2016. The proposal will be discussed—but not voted on—at the Membership Meeting. Instead, according to a Council proposed procedure that was adopted by the membership in 2011, the discussion will inform an all-member online referendum that will be conducted in November. For more information about this process, see the SAA Constitution (IV. Dues)1 and Bylaws (11. Member Referenda). 2 And be sure to read Treasurer Mark Duffy’s article about the dues proposal on page 24.
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