Nancy Y. McGovern, MIT, SAA Vice President 2015-11-23 15:38:32
As a growing professional association that is inspired and fueled by members who contribute their time and energy, SAA relies on you to respond to this annual call for volunteers. If you haven’t volunteered before, or you have and are looking for a new opportunity, here’s your chance. Here’s a brief review of the process and possibilities—presented with the hope that we’ll hear from you. Appointments Committee You may already know that a primary role of the SAA vice president is to make appointments that will take effect at the next Annual Meeting. Below you will see a list of volunteer opportunities reflecting the current set of vacancies in SAA-appointed groups as of August 2016. It has become the norm for the vice president to establish an Appointments Committee to coordinate the process of recommending candidates for each vacancy. I am very fortunate that the following individuals have agreed to serve on the 2016 Appointments Committee: Brad Westbrook (ArchivesSpace), who will chair the group, and Robin Chandler (University of California, Santa Cruz), Brenda Gunn (The University of Texas at Austin), and Petrina Jackson (University of Virginia). Appointments Process You may be wondering how appointments work. The process is intended to be transparent and open to all, so here is a brief review: The Committee solicits volunteers from the membership via a web form (see http://www2.archivists.org/membership/volunteer). After the deadline for volunteers passes, the Committee receives nominations, based on the volunteer pool, from current leaders to fill vacancies on appointed groups. The Committee then has the daunting task of reviewing the full list of vacancies and volunteers, working hard to address the needs of each group. It is SAA's longstanding policy to make appointments that reflect the diversity of our membership, from years in the profession to race, ethnicity, gender, repository type, and geographic location. It is my responsibility and privilege to make all final appointment decisions. It would be most productive for you to identify on the list below one or two groups in which you are particularly interested, rather than volunteering for everything on the list (just in case that sounds tempting). Look for a group that plays to your strengths and/or aligns with your passions and interests. The objective is to include as many people as possible, so an individual may be elected or appointed to only one position at a time. In addition, those appointed may not be reappointed to a second term unless their participation is essential to complete a specific assignment or because their particular expertise is required. If there are more volunteers than positions available and you aren't selected for one of your picks this time, you have many other ways to get involved in SAA. You can volunteer to help with your favorite roundtable or section, organize a session proposal for the Annual Meeting, or become more familiar with SAA initiatives by attending a meeting of a committee, board, working group, or the Council. You should know that all SAA group meetings are open to all members, and visitors are welcome. Please do take a look at the list of opportunities—there's a wide range of possibilities and you'll find information about all of the groups on the SAA website (http://www2.archivists.org/)—and then volunteer. Encourage friends and colleagues to volunteer, too. Look forward to working with you!
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