Monthly Archives: August 2012

SAA @ ICA: Report from International Council on Archives Congress

With Trudy Peterson’s retirement as SAA’s and the Academy of Certified Archivists’ representative to the International Council on Archives Section of Professional Associations (ICA-SPA), the two organizations asked me to serve as their 2012-2013 representative—and attend the ICA Congress in Brisbane, Australia, August 20-24.  Trudy’s shoes truly are difficult to fill, as she has been a prominent leader in ensuring a strong connection between archivists in the U.S. and around the world.  We’re very grateful for her service. Continue reading

Help! I need your feedback on your San Diego Annual Meeting experience

As you may know, I’m currently a bit obsessed with getting feedback about the Annual Meeting, given both the work of our Annual Meeting Force Task and the fact that I’ll be (gulp) sort of responsible for next year’s meeting in … [drum roll] … beautiful New Orleans! So, please tell me about your experience in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

Three very special award recipients honored in San Diego

If you were one of the 1600+ archivist colleagues in San Diego last week, I hope you agree with me that it was a pretty fantastic conference. Speaking as a diehard cheerleader for my home state of California, I’ll admit that the location wasn’t the only reason that it was so great. :) The Host Committee, led by the fabulous Ardys Kozbial of the University of California at San Diego, did an incredible job providing us all with a terrific experience, as did everyone else involved. (By the way, I’m sometimes known for my hyperbolic ways, especially when flinging around compliments, but those above are all totally deserved!) Continue reading

Today in San Diego: the rockin’est plenary ever!

The SAA Annual Meeting began with a celebratory air this morning as we honored five new distinguished Fellows at Plenary I: Scott Cline, Peter Gottlieb, Nancy Lenoil, Tim Pyatt, Ben Primer. As so often happens, you may be saying to yourself “Huh? They weren’t already Fellows?” The moral of this story is … take the time to nominate your most impressive colleagues for this wonderful honor. Keep the Fellowship flowing. Continue reading

Do you care about the Annual Meeting?

I sure hope so! It’s an amazing playground for those of us who love being archivists, connecting with like-minded colleagues, being exposed to more learning than our brains  can possibly hold (umm, I speak only for myself), and generally having a fantastic time. The first year I attended the SAA conference I felt like a kid in a candy store. So many alluring sessions! Hundreds of fascinating archivists! Such excellent work being done! I’ve been back every year for … a long time now. Continue reading

Inside SAA’s Member Survey Results

Contributed by Dennis Meissner (Minnesota Historical Society)
on behalf of the SAA Council

N.B. The following article was originally published in the July/August 2012 issue of Archival Outlook.

At the beginning of the year, 2,151 SAA members—that’s 35 percent of us!—completed an exhaustive (and probably exhausting) web survey that tried to get at the value proposition undergirding SAA membership. What do we value most, and least? How loyal are we to the association? What do we like about SAA publications, education products, and annual meeting services? Which of us are most satisfied, and which of us want change? The SAA Council got its first peek into the newly compiled data in May, and will be spending the next year or so teasing as much meaning as possible out of it. And a lot of that meaning will come directly from a series of online conversations with SAA members, starting now. Continue reading