Egad, it’s been way too long since the last OTR post! I’ll assign fault to the rather substantial work involved in prepping for and cleaning up after (so to speak) an SAA Council meeting and my final push to publish a major research report (forgive the plug for my terrific day job, but consider taking a look!).
You may have seen SAA’s discussion statement about the Belfast Project at Boston College that has drawn lots of concern from archivists and historians over the past two years. The Oral History Section also has posted a lot of useful information. Today we hear from Frank Boles, SAA past president and chair of our Government Affairs Working Group, who led the work to develop our statement. He and his merry band of GAWGers always do excellent research and thinking before they send a document to Council, and this one is no exception.
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It’s great to see that the historians, genealogists, archivists, librarians, and other citizens of Georgia who care about the Georgia Archives (i.e., the state archives) are continuing to fight for increased funding and a sane transfer of responsibility from the Secretary of State to the University System of Georgia. The Clayton News Daily has a good article today about the group of advocates who greeted legislators on the first day of their new session with placards and chants and energy. Continue reading
A provocative new guest blogger joins the Off the Record roster today. The SAA Council was discussing last Friday’s tweetfest questioning whether the new SAA/NARA publication Resources for Volunteer Programs in Archives inappropriately advocates for the use of unpaid workers, and Terry Baxter leapt into the fray and answered my call for a blog post in response.
He expresses his opinion in typical unfettered Beaver Archivist fashion (matching the level of passion used by last week’s tweeters). The faint of heart may be taken aback just a bit. Gird your loins, read on, and then build the comment thread.
Beginning yesterday, immediately after the Georgia Secretary of State announced the forthcoming closure of the State Archives to public access, Twitter and other channels have been afire with chat about the issue. Several tweeters have asked whether SAA will be preparing a response, and the answer is a very loud YES. Our Government Affairs Working Group is working on this now under the able leadership of Frank Boles . Watch this space and the usual SAA channels.
In the meantime, I’ll mention two ways in which you may choose to participate in the archival community’s response: You can sign the petition, and you can “like” Georgians Against Closing State Archives (whether or not you live in Georgia) on Facebook.
Rise up for archives!