Category Archives: Communication and SAA

Archivists, Archives and Adventure at the ARL Meeting

Many SAA members may know the Association of Research Libraries from its co-sponsorship of the new Mosaic Scholarship program. However there is much more going on within ARL. There are 125 member libraries in the association and their focus is to strengthen research libraries so that they can support the literary, educational and scientific needs of their institutions. It was very interesting to meet the leaders of these institutions as well as the participants in this year’s ARL Leadership Fellows Program, which looks to develop future leaders for research libraries. Continue reading

Archivists and Cultural Heritage: Unexpected Synergies

Just before my unexpected October vacation I was given the great honor to serve as the keynote speaker for the Cultural Heritage Symposium held at the Library of Congress. There were an impressive array of attendees and speakers, many of them leaders in their field and all of them enthusiastic about cultural heritage.

The theme for my talk was building bridges and I spent quite a bit of time talking about issues relating to acquiring and providing access to cultural heritage materials. I also talked about the impact of outsiders coming in to collect and document tangible and intangible cultural heritage. One of the quotes I used came from Brien Brothman who noted in an article that Plato may have been correct when he warned us that writing may destroy memory for recording sanctions forgetfulness. (That is such a provocative quote to me.) Continue reading

Have an opinion about SAA’s social media presence? Act fast!!

May 4th is your deadline for submitting comments on the Communication Task Force‘s preliminary recommendations regarding the future of the Society’s social media presence, online publications, website, and more. The draft includes a bit more explanation, but here’s the gist: Continue reading

More, less, different? Preliminary recommendations of the SAA Communications Task Force

Today’s guest blogger is Beth Kaplan, SAA Council member and liaison to the Communications Task Force. The group’s draft recommendations were posted today, and we eagerly await your comments, which are due by 4 May. Please weigh in with your opinions! –Jackie

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It’s a conversation only if you join in!

Hello, archivists! Welcome to the inaugural post on the new Society of American Archivists president’s blog, Off the RecordFor 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. Continue reading