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AA Vol 71 No 2

American Archivist
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Archival Outlook
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What did you do to “Celebrate the American Record during American Archives Month?”

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What Did You Do to“Save Our Archives”!

Ask not what your archives can do for you, but what you can do for your archives! On May 1, archivists around the country did something - even if it was something small - to prepare their archives for a disaster. Share your story at Read more about disaster planning, MayDay, and what others have done in the past here.

Register Now for AUSTIN 2009!

2009 Preliminary ProgramNow you can register for Sustainable Archives: AUSTIN 2009, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. (In the interest of "sustainability," the Program book will not be printed and mailed in 2009.) View the most up-to-date version of the schedule online here. For a printable PDF version (5MB) of the colorful Preliminary Program, click here. Register early and save!

2009 SAA Election Results

Helen Tibbo has been elected SAA’s vice president and will begin her one-year term this August following the Joint Annual Meeting in Austin, and then will become SAA’s 66th president in August 2010. Aimee Felker was elected to a three-year term as treasurer. The Council will welcome Scott Cline, Tom Frusciano, and Deborra Richardson for three-year terms, and Brenda Lawson for a two-year term. In addition, Amy Cooper Cary (chair), Terry Baxter, and Daniel Santamaria were elected to the 2010 Nominating Committee. More than 1,000 members exercised their right to vote. Click here for more details.

Read the Minutes of February Council Meeting

Read the minutes of the SAA Council’s February 26-28 meeting, now available here. The next meeting of the SAA Council and SAA Foundation Board is scheduled for May 31-June 2 in Chicago.

New Books!

InterPARES 2: Experiential, Interactive and Dynamic Records by Luciana Duranti and Randy Preston focuses on the development of trusted recordmaking and recordkeeping systems, and of a preservation system capable of ensuring the authenticity of the records under examination over the long term. Managing Electronic Records (4th ed.) by William Saffady is an essential practical resource for anyone responsible for the creation, maintenance, management, control, and use of electronic records created by computer, audio, and video systems. Buy them today from SAA!

PAHR Bill Re-introduced in US House

April 29, 2009 – Representatives Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and John McHugh (R-NY) reintroduced the “Preserving the American Historical Record Act” in the House today. Learn what you can do to help ensure passage of PAHR by the 111th Congress! View the press release here.

SAA Submits Comments on Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries

Responding to a Request for Information from the National Archives and Records Administration, SAA provided comments on "cost effective ways of modifying the present system for archiving and providing public access to Presidential records." View the letter here. SAA President Frank Boles solicited SAA member comments via a request in the March 31 issue of In the Loop.

Enforcing Ethics

March 20, 2009 – In the last few months there has been a discussion, primarily on the Archives and Archivists Listserv, about enforcing SAA’s Code of Ethics in light of a researcher’s allegations about the National Archives and Records Administration. Commentators have criticized the Society for not investigating the alleged ethical shortcomings of some of our colleagues in Washington…. [Read more of SAA President Frank Boles’s comments here.]

Tragedy in Cologne

The Society of American Archivists extends its condolences on the collapse in Germany of a building housing Cologne's historical archives. Our hearts are with our colleagues as they recover from this extraordinary disaster. [Read more]

New C&U Thesaurus Online

SAA’s latest ePublication, Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives, compiled and edited by Kate Bowers, is a set of 1,300 terms for use by any college or university archives in the U.S. for describing its holdings.

Campus Case Study

In Case 11 of Campus Case Studies—“Preserving the H-Net Academic Electronic Mail Lists”—Lisa M. Schmidt of Michigan State University assesses the existing state of preservation for the H-Net email lists and implements improvements to make H-Net a trusted digital repository.

SAA, Coalition Develop “Qualities of Successful Candidate” for Archivist of United States

Archives, records management, and history organizations have worked together to submit a document to the Obama transition team outlining “qualities of a successful candidate” to replace Allen Weinstein as Archivist of the United States. Read more here.

Explore the 2008 Research Forum Presentations

The 2008 Research Forum held at SAA’s 72nd Annual Meeting in San Francisco looked at “Foundations and Innovations,” as researchers, practitioners, educators, and students shared information about initiatives that affect their archives and records management programs. [READ MORE]

Your Contribution Will Make a Difference!

The SAA Foundation is the nation’s leading source of nonprofit funding dedicated solely to the interests of archives and archivists. Its mission: To enrich the knowledge and enhance the contributions of current and future generations by championing efforts to preserve and make accessible evidence of human activity and records of enduring value. Click here to make a difference!

Spring/Summer American Archivist in Production

AA 72 #1 In the forthcoming issue of the American Archivist, Editor Mary Jo Pugh has assembled a rich mix of articles that explore evidence and inference in archival arrangement and description, archivists and shareable descriptive metadata, cell-phone-generated records in the archives, archivists’ values and value in the post-modern age, archives and Web 2.0, and collaboration and development of the digital records conversion standard. Click here for more details.
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Preserve Your History of the 2008 Election and Obama Inauguration

Celebrate the American Record by preserving your memorabilia from the 2008 presidential campaign, election, and inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. The Society of American Archivists offers tips on the proper care and management of your photographs, newspapers, campaign buttons, event tickets, and other historic keepsakes. Click here for details!

Get a Grant!

The Library of Congress and the Foundation Center have published “Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums.” This guide lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 474 foundations from 2003 through 2007. The publication includes hotlinks to free online grant writing tutorials, a statistical analysis of grant funding, state-by-state descriptions of projects funded in preservation, indexes of recipients, and a list of all foundations that have donated to preservation. For more information, go to:

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