Hello, archivists! Welcome to the inaugural post on the new Society of American Archivists president’s blog, Off the Record. For the next two weeks, I guess it’s actually the vice president’s blog, since I won’t be taking office until after the Annual Meeting in San Diego—but President Gregor Trinkaus-Randall has a few other things on his plate between now and then and so has graciously punted to me the privilege of launching our new communications channel.
You may be asking … do we really need one more venue for SAA to speak to its archival audience? Aren’t we all sufficiently bombarded with news and other updates? Well, like all blogs, this one is meant to be an informal mode of communication where conversations can take place about things related to SAA and things archival. Conversations are two-way, right?
Why have we named it Off the Record? It’s meant to reflect both informality and a connection to our work. This is an SAA site, but it’s not where you’ll find official news announcements, calls for volunteers, Council documents, or anything else that belongs on the main SAA website.
Others in SAA leadership positions will join in as guest bloggers. The more voices the merrier. In fact, the next post will be by Council member Dennis Meissner, who will introduce the results of the 2012 SAA member survey. Coming to your RSS feed in a few days.
Thanks to our incredibly active membership, a huge amount of work goes on in every corner of our Society throughout the year—not just during our Annual Meeting. Many of you contribute actively to that work, while others prefer to observe and learn. We seek to both highlight topics of broad interest and spark discussion. Speaking of which, watch for the third post (gosh, I feel so organized), which will be about the Annual Meeting Task Force.
Sign up for the Off the Record RSS feed! Plan to comment actively when there’s something that interests you!
Here’s my first question for you: Are there particular things you’d like to see addressed here? Things you don’t understand about how or why SAA does some of the things that it does? Questions for the leadership? Anything within our stated scope is fair game for discussion. Please feed me your questions and ideas so that I can be responsive instead of just listening to myself talk.
Once again, welcome! I look forward to hearing from you.
–Jackie Dooley, SAA Vice President