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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Nance McGovern nancymcg@mit.edu Try5: Expanding Our Technical Comfort Zone Second, launching #try5saa: The purpose of this initiative is to cumulatively increase our technical skills—however you define technical , encourage We all benefit if technical inclusion so that more more of us are archivists and experimenting and more institutions First, priorities: The Council will sharing our tales of are ready for be reviewing SAA’s Strategic Plan. practice (see We are fortunate to have a strong technical triumphs digital one example of plan, so we anticipate more review and challenges. technical inclusion than revision. We will share the at https://www revised plan to get your thoughts .ncwit.org/news and suggestions; watch for updates /tech-companies-sign-tech-inclusion-pledge at http://www2.archivists.org -disclose-diversity-goals-and-progress ), and /governance/strategic-plan . capture the examples you share to inform and inspire all SAA members to get involved. Our top priority is to continue to make progress on diversity and inclusion. The It is common for those who find technology Council’s Working Group on Diversity uninteresting or daunting to avoid it—and, and Inclusion has an ongoing charge to encourage, coordinate, and facilitate related for those with skills, to lack the time and opportunity to share their expertise or activities across SAA. The current list of the continue to expand their skills. With the Council’s working groups reflects some of boom in born-digital records and services, our activities, providing brief descriptions we all benefit if more of us are experimenting and updates. Follow along at http://www2 and sharing our tales of triumphs and .archivists.org/groups/saa-council/council challenges as we broaden our skills—and -subgroups . 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. 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. Archival Outlook (ISSN 1520-3379) is published six times a year and distributed as a membership benefit by the Society of American Archivists. Contents of the newsletter may be reproduced in whole or in part provided that credit is given. Direct all advertising inquiries and general correspondence to: Abigail Christian, Society of American Archivists, 17 North State Street, Suite 1425, Chicago, IL 60602; 312-606-0722; toll-free 866-SAA-7858; fax 312-606-0728; achristian@archivists.org; www.archivists.org. GOV E RNA N C E P R O G R A M C O O R D INA TO R ARCHIVAL OUTLOOK The Society of American Archivists serves the education and information needs of its members and provides leadership to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the nation’s historical record. E D UC A T ION C O O R D INA TO R D I R E CTO R O F E D UC A T ION EXECU T IV E D IR E CTO R Nancy P. Beaumont nbeaumont@archivists.org W EB A ND INF O R M A T I ON SYS T E MS A D MINI S T R A TO R Mia Capodilupo mcapodilupo@archivists.org D IR E CTO R O F FINA NC E A ND A D MINI S T R A T I ON Solveig De Sutter sdesutter@archivists.org E D UC A T ION C O O R D INA TO R Felicia Owens fowens@archivists.org SE RVIC E C E N T E R M A N A G E R Matt Black mblack@archivists.org D IR E CTO R O F PUBL I SHING Peter Carlson pcarlson@archivists.org E D I T O R I A L A ND P R ODUCT ION C O O R D INATO R Brianne Downing bdowning@archivists.org SE RVIC E C E N T E R R E P R E S E N T A T I V E Carlos R. Salgado csalgado@archivists.org ME MBE R SE RVIC E R E P R E S E N T A T I V E Teresa M. Brinati tbrinati@archivists.org Abigail Christian achristian@archivists.org Lee Gonzalez lgonzalez@archivists.org Michael Santiago msantiago@archivists.org 2 A RC HIVA L OU TLO OK September/October 2016

President’s Message: Try5: Expanding Our Technical Comfort Zone

Nance McGovern

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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