Nancy P. Beaumont 2016-07-11 12:19:05
Summer at SAA HQ is pretty short, given that it’s taken up with preparations for the Annual Meeting, followed quickly by various fall deadlines and events. No complaints here. We love being busy! The SAA Foundation’s first annual Day of Giving on June 20 (the summer solstice) brought in more than $12,700, of which $10,586 was directed to renewing the Mosaic Scholarship Fund—enough to fund two scholarships! Ninety donors, 35 of them brand-new contributors, set aside a few minutes on that longest day of the year to make a difference. Thank you! Building up the Mosaic Scholarship Fund is a high priority for the Foundation Board this year, and that’s why the scholarship will be the focus of a second event, a “Coffee and Pancakes” break hosted by the Foundation in the Joint Annual Meeting Expo Hall on Friday, August 5, from 8:30 to 9:30 am. What’s especially fun about this event is that the Hilton Atlanta chef has agreed to use Rosa Parks’s recipe for Featherlite Peanut Butter Pancakes—a recipe that was rediscovered when Mrs. Parks’s papers, cataloged by the Library of Congress, came to the attention of media outlets and food bloggers everywhere. Another great example of a primary source capturing imaginations! For many, summer is a time to relax, renew, and get the creative juices flowing. Before September rolls around, we hope you’ll start planning to participate in the third annual #AskAnArchivist Day, scheduled this year for October 3. (We’ll return to October 1 as soon as the calendar allows.) We encourage archivists around the country to take to Twitter on that day to answer questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. It’s a great opportunity to: • Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible. • Talk directly to the public—via Twitter—about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work. • Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives. • Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives. • Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists. See http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day for lots of ideas and tips. And if you don’t yet have a Twitter account, create one! This collaborative activity has proven to be a great kick-off to American Archives Month in October, a campaign that SAA has championed since 2006. No matter what your budget is, you can enhance public awareness of your collections. We provide lots of evergreen ideas and tips for celebrating American Archives Month at http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month-the-power-of-collaboration, including an event planning guide, tips for creating and maintaining good media relations and for media interviews, a dozen ideas for reaching out to your community, and sample press releases and proclamations. Watch the Committee on Public Awareness’s ArchivesAWARE! Blog for ideas, too: https://archivesaware.archivists.org/2016/01/. For those who will be attending ARCHIVES RECORDS 2016 in Atlanta, we look forward to seeing you there. Keep an eye on http://www2.archivists.org/am2016 for updates. And for those who have better things to do (congratulations, Chela and Mark!), we’ll see you on the other side. A note that the SAA Council proposes revisions to the SAA constitution and bylaws to address two matters: filling of Council vacancies and timing of member referendums. The proposed amendments will be discussed at the Annual Membership Meeting in Atlanta (on Saturday, August 6, from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Hilton Atlanta, Salon D) and will be voted on in a member referendum in November 2016. Read the briefing paper here: http://www2.archivists.org/news/2016/council-proposes - constitutionbylaws-amendments. As always, if you have ideas or suggestions for us, please contact me at email@example.com or 866-722-7858, ext. 12. P. S. The SAA office will be closed on August 8 and 9. Beach time!
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