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Now Accepting Nominations for SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section Steering Committee

Update: Deadline for nominations has been extended to May 28!

Dear colleagues,

The Acquisitions and Appraisal Section has openings for three positions on the steering committee:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
  • Steering Committee At-Large Member (2 positions available)

In order to be nominated for these positions, candidates must be a member of the Society of American Archivists and a member of the Acquisitions and Appraisal Section at the time of nomination.

The duties of these positions are as follows:

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (1 position):

  • The Vice Chair serves a one-year term (2018-2019), beginning at the conclusion of the SAA Annual Meeting. The Vice Chair assists with communication and outreach efforts, producing and overseeing communications. The Vice Chair takes minutes at Section meetings; acts as the chair in the absence of the Section Chair; organizes the program in conjunction with the steering committee for the annual Section meeting; and contributes occasionally to subcommittee work.
  • At the conclusion of the 2019 Annual Meeting, the Vice Chair assumes the role of Chair for the following year (2019-2020), and subsequently as Immediate Past Chair (2020-2021).
  • The Chair presides at meetings of the Section and the steering committee; coordinates Section-proposed sessions for the SAA Annual Meeting and section endorsements; and sets the Section’s agenda for the year with assistance from the Section leadership team. The Chair serves as Section representative with respect to SAA, SAA Council, and other groups within SAA; appoints Section subcommittees as needed; and coordinates the preparation of an annual report of Section activities and submits it to the SAA executive office.
  • The Immediate Past Chair is responsible for chairing the Nominating Committee for that year’s section election.
  • In each role, this person is expected to attend the SAA Annual Meeting and recurring section meetings (at least four per year).
  • The time commitment for this role is estimated at 5 hours per month.

Steering Committee Members (2 positions):

  • Members serve two-year terms (2018-2020), eligible for reelection to a second term.
  • Members co-chair at least one of the Section subcommittees, regularly attending meetings and reporting back to the Section.
  • Members serve on the Nominating Committee, assist in planning annual meeting sessions of interest to the Section, and participate in Section subcommittees (such as the Best Practices Subcommittee). They also participate in discussion of Section business.
  • Members are expected to attend the SAA Annual Meeting and recurring section meeting conference calls.
  • The time commitment for this role is estimated at a few hours a month.

Please send candidate suggestions to the Nominating Committee by May 20, 2018.  Final ballot information will be sent to SAA by June 1, 2018. Elections will be held online in July 2018. For questions and to submit nominations, please contact the Nominating Committee:

Consider nominating yourself or a colleague! Please include name, email address, and institution (if available) of the suggested candidate.

Thanks!

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April 19 Twitter Chat: Collection Development and Acquisition Policies

Join us April 19 at 7pm EST for a twitter chat on collection development and acquisition policies! We’ll be asking the archives community to weigh in on the following questions:

  1. Do you think collection development or acquisition policies are necessary? 
  2. After reading through the survey at http://bit.ly/2rtGwr2, any initial thoughts or feedback?
  3. Do the survey results represent your institution accurately? 
  4. The data indicates many often have little influence on writing a policy, what would increase your ability to influence it more? 
  5. Do you think these kinds of policies should be easily available, such as on institutional websites?  Why or why not? 
  6. For those whose policies need revision before uploading, could the A&A section offer some assistance? In what form? 
  7. For those whose institution lack policies, what would help you get those written?
  8. Could the A&A section offer assistance to get that process jump-started? 
  9. What do you think are best practices in the creation of collection development policies?

We hope to hear from you @AppraisalSAA – remember to end your tweets with #AppraiseThis so we can include you in the conversation!

If you missed the conversation, a recap is now available at Chat_20180319_AcquisitionsPolicies

November Twitter Chat: Collecting Women’s March Materials and Women’s Collections in Archives

We are pleased to announce we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the SAA Women’s Archivists and the Women’s Collections sections about collecting Women’s March materials and women’s collections in archives.

Follow #AppraiseThis or the Section handles @AppraisalSAA @WomenArchivists

Thursday, November 16th – 4:00 pm Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern

Questions we’ll be asking are:

  1. @WomenArchivists connected archivists participating in the Women’s Marches across the country and formed the Women’s March on Washington Archives Project. How has the development of appraisal policy for this collective Project differed from working within an institutional environment? What are some of the challenges & positives to working this way?
  2. Where have materials ended up and how were the collecting organizations involved in the process? Did they have certain acquisition requirements? For chat participants w/ workplace experiences collecting March materials, what were the considerations of staff?
  3. What was your approach to appraisal over materials from this large-scale, public protest event? Eg. kinds of records, objects, and ephemera?  A sampling? etc.
  4. How do you handle copyright/permissions when collecting material from a group event?
  5. What were legal or ethical concerns that came up during the appraisal process for these collections? Did they vary across institutions.
  6. Have efforts to collect Women’s March materials led to changes at your workplace re: acquisition and appraisal practices?
  7. Where is the Project at now, 10 months after the March? Or any last thoughts from others to share?

We hope you’ll tune in and tweet along to add to the conversation!

#AppraiseThis

 

Appraisal & Acquisition Bibliography Project

The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is developing a bibliography on appraisal and acquisition. This shared resource is intended to support archivists and other information professionals conducting research on appraisal, those interested in learning more about specific appraisal theories, and anyone looking for case studies about implementing appraisal and acquisitions strategies in specific contexts. The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section steering committee intends for this project to be iterative and encourages members to contribute and help this bibliography grow into a richer resource over time. Use of the SAA Acquisitions & Appraisal Section Bibliography is free and available in a Zotero Group Library. The bibliography is available here on Zotero.

The Zotero bibliography is an open group that anyone can join and add to. As this is a work in progress, please help the Acquisitions & Appraisal Section steering committee grow a more robust resource over time! Some guidelines for adding items to this Zotero bibliography are available here: https://goo.gl/CAzt7

Please don’t hesitate to send us feedback on the bibliography and how we can continue to improve it: appraisalsaa@gmail.com

 

Recap: Third Thursday & Faculty Papers

Editor’s Note: Storify is no longer active. The chat may be accessed at ThirdThursday5_20170713

A summary recap of last week’s Third Thursday chat on Twitter is now up on the A&A’s Storify page.  Read through to check out what was brought up during our conversation on appraising faculty papers.

Thanks to the College & University Archives Section crew for teaming up!

#appraisethis

Voting Open until July 10

Dear A&A Membership:

Cast your ballot for the 2017 Section Elections to help determine the next intake of A&A Section Committee members. We have positions open for the Vice Chair/Chair Elect (1) and Steering Committee (2).

Ballots should now have been received by email.

Information on each candidate is posted on our microsite & is also made available through the link to vote!

Voting closes Monday, July 10th

July Twitter Chat: College & University Archives

On Thursday, July 13th we will be co-hosting a joint Twitter chat with the College & University Archives Section team. The C&UA Section has organized a panel presentation focusing on appraising faculty papers for the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland. Over on their blog, The Academic Archivist, a series of articles on this topic is also part of a lead up to the panel.

The Acquisitions & Appraisal Section is pleased to announce this partnership with C&AU for our next Twitter chat and we look forward to tweeting about appraisal practices in academic archives!

Follow #AppraiseThis or the Section handles @AppraisalSAA + @AcademArchivist

Thursday, July 13th  4:00 pm Pacific/ 5:00 Mountain/ 6:00 Central/ 7:00 Eastern

Chat Questions:

  1. How does the appraisal of faculty papers differ from the appraisal of other types of personal archives?
  2. Does your institution’s academic mission affect your appraisal decisions?
  3. What appraisal criteria do you employ for collecting faculty papers?
  4. How do you appraise to ensure a diverse representation of faculty?
  5. What is the value of faculty papers at institutions that are more teaching-focused than research-focused?
  6. How do you handle the potential overlaps/divergence in collecting materials from faculty?

Further Questions to Discuss (just in case there is time):

  • If you train students to process collections, how do you introduce appraisal? Do you have a manual, or use case studies?
  • How does your institution define “papers”? What formats are included? In the born-digital era, is “papers” still a useful description?
  • What groups or local organizations have you worked with in addition to those within the college or university? Do you have tips or recommendations for making those connections in order to document the life of the college?
  • When you discuss your work with faculty and other members of the institution, how do you introduce and describe your appraisal practices?

 

See link to our introductory Twitter chat if you need the catch up. Newcomers are always welcome!

*Note: once again we’ve had to adjust the week of this chat. We will resume our regular Twitter conversations to the third Thursday of the month in the fall.