A quick update … this semester is rough already and is only going to get rougher, but hopefully I can continue to throw out some brief updates on Council activities as we go along….
As most of you know, SAA Council meets face-to-face in November, May, and at the annual meeting (both at the beginning of the annual meeting and at the end). But in between, there’s of course a ton of stuff to do and discuss. Yesterday afternoon (February 6th), we had a Council conference call with a few key items on the agenda. You can see the agenda and related materials here: http://www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-council/february-6-2017-council-conference-call-agenda. But here’s a summary of what happened during that call:
- Approved an issue brief, prepared by the Committee on Public Policy, on “Confidentiality of Private Information Held in Records of the Federal Government’s Executive Agencies.” (The issue brief will be added to the Public Policy Agenda by tomorrow.)
- Approved $11,000 in funding for the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard to meet in mid-March, along with a group of invited experts, to prepare a draft revision of the DACS Principles. (Background: The descriptive rules in DACS are based on a series of principles about the nature of archival holdings, the relationship between arrangement and description, the nature of archival description, and the creators of archival description. Because archival theory and practice have changed significantly since the original principles were approved in 2004, the Council agreed with TS-DACS that it is important to revise them.)
- Approved minor changes in the TS-DACS description to allow for a co-chair as needed, to add a “regular” member to the group, and to ensure that each member of the technical subcommittee has significant knowledge of and experience with archival description generally and DACS specifically.
- Elected three Fellows to serve with the five most immediate past presidents on the Committee on the Selection of SAA Fellows. (The names are embargoed until consent is obtained from each individual.)
- Extended to four years the terms of members of the Digital Archives Specialist Subcommittee of the Committee on Education in acknowledgment of the amount of time required to become familiar with all aspects of the development and maintenance of this important program.
- Heard updates from SAA President Nance McGovern, Vice President Tanya Zanish-Belcher (on the 2017 appointments process), Treasurer Cheryl Stadel-Bevans (on SAA’s December-end financial status), and Executive Director Nancy Beaumont (on headquarters activities since November 2016).
Also, for anyone who might have missed it, last week SAA Council issued a statement on the current Administration’s Executive Order Restricting Entry into the United States by Individuals from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries. Please note that an SAA Council statement requires a consensus (not unanimous, but majority) of Council members’ approval before it is officially issued.
And as a final note, there will be loads of information about the annual meeting coming soon. The schedule (at least as it’s proposed right now) is significantly different from in years past. As soon as details are firmed up, you will get that information. But for now, you might not want to book your flight to Portland just yet….