Nancy P. Beaumont 2016-03-14 15:31:13
This and That Spring typically is pretty busy around here—but this is ridiculous! In a good way, of course. . . . Here’s a sampling of what’s going on at SAA HQ. Everyone on staff has been working on creating and revising content and refining the navigation of the SAA website according to our redesign scheme. (Matt Black has just finished developing the mobile-friendly version, which is a huge motivator as we close out this phase of a long-overdue project.) The new site launches this spring. Let us know what you think. We’ve begun drafting the proposed FY17 budget, which the Finance Committee will review in April before it goes to the Council for approval at its earlier-than-usual May 11–14 meeting. New this year: All newly elected Council members will attend the May meeting—even before they’re officially seated—so that we can orient them to the strategic plan and budget and they can hit the ground running in August. The SAA Foundation Board will convene its annual meeting May 9–10 so that those who serve on both the Board and Council don’t have to travel twice. The SAAF’s grant review committee has recommended funding for two of the proposals received in our first grant cycle (http://www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-foundation-board-of-directors/society-of-american-archivists-foundation-grant-application-process-and-guidelines), and the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives (http://www2.archivists.org/news/2008/national-disaster-recovery-fund-for-archives) review committee has approved a $2,000 grant to a repository recovering from flooding. With our friends at the Association of Research Libraries, in January we submitted a grant proposal to IMLS for what we’re calling “Mosaic II,” the next iteration of our very successful program (http://www.arl.org/leadership-recruitment/diversity-recruitment/arl-saa-mosaic-scholarship-program#.VtczvfkrKUl) that promotes diversification of the archives/special collections workforce by providing financial support, internships, mentoring, career placement services, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. The Publications Board met in Chicago for two days in January (intrepid souls!) to address a full agenda, including plans for a member survey on SAA books. Watch your inbox—and please provide your feedback. We’re delighted that Chris Prom has signed on to a second Council-appointed three-year term as Publications Editor! We’re in the initial stages of implementing a new web-based manuscript submission, tracking, and peer review system for The American Archivist. And we’ll soon be implementing new software to help members of the Dictionary Working Group collaborate even more effectively on the Dictionary of Archives Terminology (forthcoming in late 2016). Two more groups of intrepid volunteers had a busy, weatherchallenged week in Chicago in February as the Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee met for two days to continue refining the DAS curriculum (http://www2.archivists.org/prof-education/das), forty people sat for the DAS comprehensive exam, and the Committee on Education met to put the finishing touches on SAA’s new Arrangement and Description curriculum (see page 14). Three new webinars will premier in March and April (User Experience Design and Digital Archives, Thinking Digital, and Appraisal for Arrangement and Description) and we’ve booked twenty-eight workshops (http://saa.archivists.org/Scripts/4Disapi .dll/4DCGI/events/ConferenceList.html?Action=GetEvents) around the country from March through May. I hope you’ve noticed the Committee on Public Awareness’s new blog—ArchivesAWARE! (http://archivesaware.archivists.org/2016/01/27/welcome-to-archivesaware/)—which was created to provide an online space for sharing experiences and ideas for “raising public awareness of archives and the value that archives and archivists add to business, government, education, and society as a whole.” Please read and contribute. Joint Annual Meeting prep is proceeding apace. Despite a few hiccups, our new speaker management system has significantly streamlined the Program Committee’s evaluation processes and speaker communications. The Atlanta Host Committee is preparing to launch its blog; Education is completing the pre-conference line-up; and we’re wrapping up selection of keynote speakers and gathering detailed information to craft program materials. Registration goes live on April 15. In response to a query from the International Council on Archives (http://www.ica.org/3/homepage/home.html), we’re developing a bid to host the ICA’s quadrennial Congress as a Joint Annual Meeting with SAA in 2020. This may mean seeking a new venue for SAA’s 2018 meeting. In the meantime, we’ll be conducting a site visit of our 2017 conference facilities in Portland, Oregon, in late March and beginning site selection for the 2019 and 2021 conferences. Never a dull moment!
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