Nance McGovern 2016-09-26 10:53:22
With the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in August already a fond memory, I am starting my presidency with this brief overview of priorities and the launch of #try5saa, the technical inclusion initiative attendees of ARCHIVES RECORDS 2016 heard about in Atlanta. First, priorities: The Council will be reviewing SAA’s Strategic Plan. We are fortunate to have a strong plan, so we anticipate more review than revision. We will share the revised plan to get your thoughts and suggestions; watch for updates at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/strategic-plan. Our top priority is to continue to make progress on diversity and inclusion. The Council’s Working Group on Diversity and Inclusion has an ongoing charge to encourage, coordinate, and facilitate related activities across SAA. The current list of the Council’s working groups reflects some of our activities, providing brief descriptions and updates. Follow along at http://www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-council/council-subgroups. Second, launching #try5saa: The purpose of this initiative is to cumulatively increase our technical skills—however you define technical, encourage technical inclusion so that more archivists and more institutions are ready for digital practice (see one example of technical inclusion at https://www.ncwit.org/news/tech-companies-sign-tech-inclusion-pledge-disclose-diversity-goals-and-progress), and capture the examples you share to inform and inspire all SAA members to get involved. It is common for those who find technology uninteresting or daunting to avoid it—and, for those with skills, to lack the time and opportunity to share their expertise or continue to expand their skills. With the boom in born-digital records and services, we all benefit if more of us are experimenting and sharing our tales of triumphs and challenges as we broaden our skills—and enjoy doing it! This is our opportunity to expand our skills in three steps: 1. Try 5 technical things: Identify five things that are new to you, e.g., sign up for social media, try out a new tool, install some kind of software, or take a course on a new topic. 2. Share your experience: As you go, share your experience locally (brown bags, presentations) and online with #try5saa, within SAA and wherever you are. 3. Help someone else: As you find people and resources to help with your five, help at least one other person to do or understand something. Simply sharing what you picked, why, and what you learned can encourage someone else. I have two ideas for my five: 1) explore Instagram (find me @mcgovern60) and 2) learn how to use Tableau as one way to visualize data I gather about digital preservation. Check the try5 webpage at www.archivists.org/try5saa for ideas, tips, and ways in which SAA groups and services can help you get started, and share your efforts on Twitter with #try5saa.
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