PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Kathleen Roe email@example.com 131,400 Minutes: A Quarterly Update on “The Year of Living Dangerously for Archives” A rchives matter. They are not just inter-esting facts and stories disconnected from current life. Whether for personal reasons, academic pursuits, educational uses, preserving rights, or ensuring trans-parency in government, the use of archival records has an impact. Every time a person uses archival records, something happens. Demonstrating the impact, the value, and the importance of archival records and the work of archivists is the focus of “The Year of Living Dangerously for Archives.” So in my incoming presidential remarks on August 16, 2014, I urged all of you, my colleagues, to spend the coming year (525,600 minutes) in endeavoring to show why archives matter. We have and will continue to suggest monthly challenges to provide ideas and options for how you might do that. Your ideas also are more than welcome. Any and every effort to raise awareness of archives and archivists counts! Our hope is to draw attention to the ways we can take that extra step and talk about the value of archives, the importance of what we do, of what can be realized through the use of archival records. How are we doing so far? To date, fourteen individuals of a roundtable or section, a student have submitted stories and reported chapter, or a regional archives group, think on outreach events that point to the about how to engage your group. Please be importance of archival records. On sure to let us know what you have done— October 30, the Committee on Public there are places on the website to do that Awareness initiated a highly successful or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. #AskAnArchivist Day Twitter event with more than one hundred institutions In the past three months, I’ve participating. Another twenty-If we work together, heard many, many comments about the very real challenges one organizations we can accomplish real the archives profession faces. have reported on and effective progress Again and again, people talk their American about the lack of understanding; Archives Month for our profession. the lack of respect; and the activities. During failure of managers, leaders, the month of December, colleagues have stakeholders, and the public to value what submitted more than seventy-five quotes we do. It affects employment, salaries, from writers, researchers, students, and others commenting on the value of archives. resources to do our work, the use of archival records, respect for our profession—you And as the current Congressional session know the list. We can change that—it will waned, a number of our colleagues used take time for us to learn to explain and email and Twitter to urge the passage of compile the evidence that illustrates why amendments to reform the Freedom of archives matter. Most of all, it requires us Information Act. to have the will to make this change. If we work together, we can accomplish real and There will be more challenges offered to effective progress for our profession. So, I stimulate your thinking, and feel free to urge you again to contribute to “The Year of try any of the ideas we’ve provided on the Living Dangerously for Archives.” The time website at: http://www2.archivists.org is now, the choice is ours! /living-dangerously . If you’re a member 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. 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Beaumont firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com D I R E CTO R O F FINA NC E A N D A D MINI S T R A T I ON Solveig De Sutter firstname.lastname@example.org SE RVIC E C E N T E R R E P R E S E N T A T I V E Ania Jaroszek email@example.com SE RVIC E C E N T E R M A N A G E R Matt Black firstname.lastname@example.org D I R E CTO R O F PUBL I SHING Peter Carlson email@example.com P R O G R A M C O O R D INA TO R Lee Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org E D I T O R I A L A ND P R ODUCT ION C O O R D INA TO R Carlos R. Salgado email@example.com SE RVIC E C E N T E R R E P R E S E N T A T I V E Teresa M. Brinati firstname.lastname@example.org René Craig email@example.com Anne Hartman firstname.lastname@example.org Jeanette Spears email@example.com 2 A R C HIVA L OU TLO OK January/February 2015
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