Category Archives: Professional development

SAA Spotlight Award Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

The SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee invites nominations for the 2018 Spotlight Award.  This award “recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition.”  Nominees do not have to be members of SAA.  Please share this message as you think appropriate.  I hope you will consider recognizing a colleague (or yourself!) in this way.  Additional information about the criteria and process is found below.  

Purpose and Criteria for Selection: Established in 2005, the Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition. The nominee(s) should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

*   Participating in special projects.
*   Exhibiting tireless committee or advocacy work.
*   Responding effectively to an unforeseen or pressing need or emergency.
*   Contributing innovative or creative ideas to the profession.
*   Performing extraordinary volunteerism.
*   Quietly but effectively promoting the profession.

Eligibility:  Awarded to an individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.

Prize:  A certificate and complimentary registration for the individual recipient or group (of up to five individuals) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.

Submission Deadline and Nomination Form:  Deadline: February 28, 2018.  Please complete the nomination form (https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/45541-Society-Of-American-Archivists).

Best regards,

Jody Hoks
SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee

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Personal Digital Archiving 2018 – Call for Proposals/Save the Date

Save the Date!
Personal Digital Archiving 2018 #pda18
April 23-25 2018 in Houston, TX

Hosted by the University of Houston Libraries

PDA is the only conference focused on the personal digital archive, including projects and presentations from both individuals and organizations. Personal Digital Archiving 2018 invites proposals on a variety of relevant topics, including:

  • Examples of successful projects or learning experiences related to personal digital archives
  • Why personal digital archives matter to individuals, communities, and organizations
  • Distinctions between personal information management and the archive
  • Key threats to personal digital archives, including cost, disaster, technology change, and social threats
  • Applying selection criteria or other management tools for personal digital archives
  • The digital archive during a person’s life and after death
  • Management tools and techniques for personal digital archives

PDA is a 2-day, single-track conference featuring shorter sessions and panel discussion, followed by a day of in-depth workshops and events. Early registration (opening soon) will be just $60 for students / $90 for non-students. More information about the conference will be posted at the event website as it becomes available.

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline for submission of proposals: December 22, 2017

Notification of acceptance: Mid-January 2018

For PDA 2018, we seek to create a balanced mix of personal information management and personal digital archiving, in addition to a showcase for exciting and innovative projects and programs. We strongly encourage proposals from a wide-range of people and organizations. These may include but are not limited to: community organizations focused on gathering oral histories or other local collections, academia, graduate students of all levels in all related disciplines, those preserving familial material, activist groups, hobbyists, tool developers, and information professionals such as archivists, librarians, and curators. For proposals focusing on sharing practice, please note that we are not seeking “perfect” archiving solutions and strongly encourage proposals discussing “good enough” preservation and challenges or roadblocks to archiving this content.

Submit your proposal here

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Donate to the Society of American Archivists’ National Disaster Recovery Fund.

Donate to the AASLH Hurricane Harvey Cultural Relief Fund.

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Continuing Education: Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives

Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives

October 23, 2017
Rice University, Fondren Library

Certificate Eligibility: A&D, DAS
Credits: 5 ARC, 0.75 CEU
Length: 1 day
Format: In-Person
Max Attendees: 35
Tier:  Tactical & Strategic
ACE Category: Ethical and Legal Responsibilities

This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You’ll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech, and freedom to research/write, and focus on how electronic records and the digital realm have altered the scene. You’ll look at privacy and confidentiality issues in the context of third-party rights, donors, special situations such as medical and education records, national security legislation, and the overriding impact of the digital world. Through case studies, you will examine specific situations pertinent to the work of archivists.

The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered privacy and confidentiality legal issues regarding electronic records.

Lone Arrangers Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters!

Managing Expectations in (and outside) the Archives
SAA Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, July 23-29, 2017
Lone Arrangers Section Meeting: Wednesday July 26, 2:30-3:45pm

At the Annual Meeting this year, the Lone Arrangers Section would like to focus some of our allotted time on a discussion of managing expectations: the expectations of volunteers, of the community, and of the institution you collect for. Ideally we will have three people on the panel to speak about instances or projects that they have led which were case studies in managing expectations.

Following the presentations, we’d like to have a Q&A or breakout sessions to discuss what we’ve just heard and what ideas it sparks in us, and how we might put these ideas to work.

If you have a project you’ve done, no matter how small or how large, and you will be at SAA, we’d love to have you present! Please contact Melissa Torres (torresme@uhd.edu) or Julia Corrin (jcorrin@andrew.cmu.edu) if you are interested.

RAO Seeking Proposals

The Reference, Access, and Outreach (RAO) section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is seeking proposals for presentations and demonstrations for their 6th annual Marketplace of Ideas at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR to be held Wednesday, July 26 from 2:30-3:45 pm. Take a look at this form for details and the easy application procedure.

Applications are due by May 1, 2017.

The RAO Program Committee will notify all applicants about the status of their proposal by May 22, 2017.

Call for proposals: Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium

Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium
July 20-22, 2017
Bucksport, Maine, USA

Proposals Due: March 15, 2017
Regional Moving Image Collections and Archives in the 21st Century

Twenty-first century regional moving image archives discover and collect increasingly diverse audiovisual artifacts that represent increasingly diverse media-making populations. This year we seek to bring together archivists, collectors, scholars, and practitioners involved with regional AV archives—and regional AV collections within a general archives—to consider best practices in expanding the reach and content of the regional moving image archive. Both “real world” and aspirational presentations are welcome.

Calling upon the regional moving image archive community internationally, we hope to create an atmosphere for sharing case studies, developing collaborative initiatives, discussing what works and what doesn’t, and screening representative material from the world’s regional film and AV archives.

Some topics to consider, and all others are welcome:

  • Ways of affirming regional moving image identity
  • How to raise money for general day-to-day activities
  • How to put together a publication project highlighting your archive’s material
  • How to set up a research scholarship? Benefits/drawbacks
  • How to identify sources of income
  • Cataloging nontheatrical/home movies for maximum benefit
  • Stock footage sales, advantages and adventures
  • Dealing with vendors on a small scale
  • Scholarship that foregrounds regional material: methodologies and outcomes
  • Regional material as capsules of broader cultural trends
  • Teaching with regional moving image materials

Please send a 250-500 word abstract outlining your presentation idea and a brief cv via e-mail to: symposium@oldfilm.org. The Summer Symposium Program Committee is: Jennifer Jenkins, University of Arizona; Audrey Amidon, National Archives and Records Administration; Liz Czach, University of Alberta; Dino Everett, University of Southern California; Heidi Holmstrom, National Archives and Records Administration; and Devin Orgeron, North Carolina State University. We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on March 15, 2017 and will finalize the program by April 10, 2017.

Northeast Historic Film, an independent nonprofit organization, was founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). We hold ten million feet of film in 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 28mm, and 35mm and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings that do not duplicate the film holdings. NHF is located in a 1916 cinema building with purpose-built cold storage and a study center in Bucksport, a town
of 5,000 on the coast of Maine (for more info on NHF, please visit: http://www.oldfilm.org). In the Alamo Theatre on Main Street, NHF houses a 125-seat cinema with DCP, 35mm, 16mm, videotape, and DVD projection.