Meredith Evans Elected Vice President Meredith Evans, director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, has been elected SAA vice president/president-elect for 2017–2018. She begins her one-year term as vice president this July following the Annual Meeting, and then will serve as the seventy-fourth president in 2018–2019. She will succeed Tanya Zanish Belcher. In this role, Evans will bring her experience in leadership and management to focus on recruitment and retention of archivists, diversifying the record, and community engagement. “I would like to create a space for meaningful discussions on ethics in archival practice, specifically issues related to privacy, surveillance, and rights, in web archives, social media data collections and other digital/digitized records, and especially those documenting the lives of traditionally marginalized people,” wrote Evans in her candidate statement. “A supported archives workforce is essential to promoting public good and social responsibility. SAA should advocate for and champion archival education that centers inclusion, critical thinking, and ethical practices. These values are critical for the young archivists who will lead the profession into the future,” added Evans. Steven Booth, Brenda Gunn, Audra Eagle Yun to Join the SAA Council Steven Booth (Barack Obama Presidential Library), Brenda Gunn (The University of Texas at Austin), and Audra Eagle Yun (University of California, Irvine) have been elected to the Council for three-year terms (2017–2020). In their candidate statements, the newly elected explained how they would leverage their role on the Council as a liaison to SAA groups to support their initiatives and encourage members to present new ideas to and engage with SAA leadership. Steven Booth “I’d like to work with group leaders and steering committees to develop and implement opportunities for members to contribute their skill sets and expertise. I’d also like to identify new ways to recognize the community service and passion projects of nonarchivists and archivists who contribute to the advancement of the profession and raise public awareness about archives. Through these efforts, I hope to not only support and encourage membership participation, but to also serve as a sounding board and provide resources for achieving the strategic goals at the grassroots level.” Brenda Gunn “I believe it is important as a Council member to facilitate trans-group communication regularly and have groups reinforce each other on issues of mutual concern as well as support each other even when the issues aren’t germane to all. Given SAA’s size and continued growth, now might be an opportune time to establish a specific liaison position that would focus on the general membership. In the way that a newspaper has a public editor, that a hospital has a patient advocate, or that a university campus has an ombudsman, SAA could have a Council member whose duty would be specific to the membership—to encourage and to receive ideas from the community at large.” Audra Eagle Yun “I believe we are our own best advocates and, as a member of Council, I will seek out ways to encourage members and emerging leaders to present their ideas. I will engage with SAA groups and the general membership first through SAA communication channels and ongoing liaison work with SAA groups. Finally, I will work within the Council to create member stories to help SAA leadership consider the perspectives and needs of different types of professionals. I will leverage my role through active listening, tracking email, and following social media to tap into what matters most to archivists and our users.” SAA Nominating Committee Welcomes Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Aaisha Haykal, and Stacie Williams The 2018 Nominating Committee will include Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez (Princeton University), Aaisha Haykal (College of Charleston), Stacie Williams (Case Western Reserve University), along with two third-year Council members selected by the Council at its May 2017 meeting. Williams will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee, which will begin its service immediately and work through the fall in preparing a slate of candidates for the 2018 election. The new members of the Nominating Committee defined their criteria for choosing a slate of nominees in their candidate statements. Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez “As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the roster of SAA leaders not only embodies the diversity of the archives profession through their advocacy for issues of access, intellectual property, digital preservation, and more inclusive representation of historically marginalized communities in archival collections, but uphold it through loud compassion for all members of our profession and members of vulnerable communities who may be directly impacted by potential new government policies that restrict access to information.” Aaisha Haykal “It is vital to have voices from a diverse set of people and experiences. I will seek recommendations from SAA leaders, schools, regional associations, and allied organizations to locate people who are already in leadership positions and those who show leadership potential. Consequently, we will have a slate that demonstrates SAA to be an engaged, valuable, and visionary association.” Stacie Williams “The responsibility of the Nominating Committee is to identify individuals who reflect the institution’s highest values, and I feel strongly that finding those individuals means searching outside of established frameworks and groups. SAA leaders and members would benefit from continued engagement with user communities who can help us find creative solutions to diversifying this profession, this organization, and our collections. As a Nominating Committee member, I will seek to identify diverse leadership by looking to individuals who are strong advocates for their communities and users. Amplifying members or projects involved in or related to community-based archiving is likely to engage leaders who understand how our work is applied in real-world scenarios across a wide spectrum of stakeholders and who can continue to make our work relevant and sustainable for years to come.” Who Would You Suggest? The newly elected Nominating Committee members are already on the lookout for prospective candidates for the 2018 SAA election. Suggestions are anonymous and confidential. Submit the prospective candidate’s name, institutional affiliation, brief bio, and why you think this person should be considered using the form at http://www2.archivists.org/nominations-needed-for-2018-election.
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