Nancy P. Beaumont 2017-07-11 15:27:53
Even as we focus on the many tasks associated with ARCHIVES 2017 in Portland (can’t wait!), we’re paying attention to a variety of other projects. What a difference a day made! Our second annual Day of Giving for the SAA Foundation on June 20 brought in more than $5,000 for the Foundation’s Strategic Growth Fund—the fund from which the Foundation Board draws its grant awards for projects to advance the profession. See http://www2.archivists.org/news/2017/saa-foundation-awards-two-strategic-growth-grants for information about the two awards given in 2017. And think about applying for a Foundation grant for your next worthy project! The premise behind One Book, One Profession is that if archivists were all reading the same book at the same time—and it were a book that stimulated you and your colleagues to talk about and translate into action the theories and cases presented—great things could happen! This year’s selection is Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion, edited by Mary Caldera and Kathi Neal. Why not plan to host a book discussion this fall within your institution, among archivists in your community, or at a regional meeting? Find a study guide and more at www2.archivists.org/one-book-one-profession. Brand new to our book list this July are Anthony Cocciolo’s Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists and Modules 17–20 in our Trends in Archives Practice series, this time addressing Putting Descriptive Standards to Work. Not exactly light summer reading, but definitely must reads! For months staff members Peter Carlson and Matt Black have been researching the many association management software systems (i.e., membership databases) available to our “industry” and they’re now busy whittling down the extensive list to those that are the best fit for SAA’s needs and aspirations. We plan to launch a new system in February 2018! And in the meantime we’re putting in place two new tech platforms to enhance your access to online learning. The AdobeConnect virtual meeting platform allows us to manage our own webcasts and gives us the opportunity to replace some in-person meetings with virtual meetings. We’ve experimented recently with a series of one-hour orientation sessions for new Council members, and Education Director Kara Adams is working with Helen Wong Smith on a new online course on cultural competency that we’ll provide free to SAA members. This month Kara (with a little help from her colleagues) will officially launch our new learning management system, which features single sign-on integration with our member database to allow for simple live webcast registration and product purchases, as well as group purchases and the application of discount codes. The platform is more flexible, more visually appealing, and a lot more user-friendly than what we had been using. And because content is king, the Committee on Education and DAS Subcommittee are also busy recruiting developers and instructors to refresh our current online offerings and to develop new courses—all in our ongoing effort to provide you with the best possible continuing education at a reasonable cost. As for the past few years, we urge you to think about joining in #AskAnArchivist Day on October 2—a day at the beginning of American Archives Month on which we encourage archivists around the country to take to Twitter to answer questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. It’s a great opportunity for the archives community to talk directly with the public about what you do and why it’s important and to interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives. See http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/askanarchivist-day for lots of ideas and tips. (And for tips for celebrating American Archives Month in your institution, see http://www2.archivists.org/initiatives/american-archives-month-the-power-of-collaboration.) If you have ideas or suggestions for us on these or other activities, please contact me at email@example.com or 866-722-7858, ext. 12. P. S. The SAA office will be closed on July 31 and August 1. A little post-conference beach time!
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