Tanya Zanish-Belcher 2016-11-16 11:03:09
During my many years of involvement in SAA, I have learned just how important it is to be intentional about one’s “professional service career.” From the first time I attended an SAA roundtable meeting to my first appointment as a committee chair, I discovered that simply being at the table has given me so many opportunities to network with and learn from my fellow archivists and to speak up for our profession. So it is with great eagerness that I ask you now to share your time, talent, and energy with SAA by volunteering to serve on an SAA appointed group! Our success as an organization—providing needed member services, excellent education and publications, and effective public advocacy and engagement—greatly depends on our volunteer leaders. Making these appointments gives SAA the annual opportunity to renew our association (and our profession) by adding volunteers who represent every aspect of SAA’s varied membership and who are dedicated to its success. And here’s what’s in it for you: This is a great opportunity to network and connect with colleagues who share your interest and to gain experience that will benefit your professional service career. Appointments Committee As SAA’s current vice president/president-elect, it is my privilege and honor to make appointments for all 2017–2018 vacancies. To assist me in this important task, I’ve appointed Jelain Chubb (Texas State Archivist) and Bill Landis (Yale University) as co-chairs of the Appointments Committee and selected members Andrea Jackson (Atlanta University Center, Woodruff Library), Elena Colón-Marrero (Computer History Museum), Sammie Morris (Purdue University), and Helen Wong Smith (Kaua`i Historical Society). Appointments Process This long appointments process begins with you volunteering to serve as an SAA leader! All you have to do is fill out the form at http://www2.archivists.org/membership/volunteer, indicating how you think you can best serve SAA and the profession. The committee then has the daunting task of reviewing the full lists of vacancies and volunteers, consulting with current group leaders to ensure they address the needs of each group, and making their recommendations to me. As always, we will follow SAA’s long-standing policy of making appointments that reflect the diversity of our membership in all appropriate ways, including years in the profession, race and ethnicity, gender, geographic region, and type of archival repository. To ensure that as many of our enthusiastic members as possible can gain experience as an appointed leader, individuals will be appointed to one position at a time, and current leaders will not be reappointed to a second term unless there is a critical requirement to continue some aspect of the work beyond their original term. It will be my responsibility and privilege to make all final appointment decisions. Volunteer Positions Please be sure to identify on the list one or two groups in which you are particularly interested, rather than volunteering for everything on the list. In particular, look for a group that plays to your strengths and aligns with your passions and interests. In the meantime, there are a number of other ways to get involved in SAA! You can volunteer to help with your favorite 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 visitors are welcome at all SAA group meetings! It is in the best interest of SAA that we are able to involve anyone who wishes to contribute. I know professional associations can sometimes be intimidating, but my focus in the next two years will be on finding creative ways for SAA to be even more welcoming for all its members. For both your professional service career and the good of SAA and our profession, I hope you will take the step to be one of the next leaders of SAA!
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