The season of giving is upon us! The AGM Speakers Fund is entirely supported through the generous donations of SCA members and is the focus of this year’s fundraising campaign. Between now and the end of the year, we encourage you to take a moment to donate online, where you can make a payment by debit/credit card or PayPal. Please see our Giving to SCA page for more information. There is no minimum amount—every donation helps!
Happy holidays to all and thank you in advance for your support!
The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to run for the following SCA positions: VP/President Elect (3-year term); Treasurer (2-year term); Director at Large (2-year term); Nominating Committee (2-year term).
We seek candidates that are SCA members in good standing (no unpaid past dues, or interruption in membership for the past three years.) Please use the google form noted below to nominate yourself or your colleagues by November 5, 2017:
More information about each of these positions and their responsibilities can be found in the SCA Handbook, sections 3-11 and 3-11-5 (http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA/Handbook_Bylaws.)
2017-2018 SCA Nominating Committee, Mattie Taormina, Tanya Hollis, Rebecca Fenning Marshall
Come and unwind with your fellow archivists at the California Academy of Sciences. The Library will be offering behind the scenes tours of the research collections (spiders and snakes, oh my!). And will provide light refreshments.
The SCA Spring Newsletter is now available and ready for reading. Take a look at what the SCA is doing and at what fellow archivists and their repositories are doing throughout the state.
The Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 AGM in beautiful Pasadena is now open! The theme for this year's meeting is "New Media, Same Process" and will take place April 27-29 at the Westin Pasadena.
Information about workshops, sessions, the hotel, and more can be found here.
The Society of California Archivists Awards Committee is seeking applications for the James V. Mink Scholarship.
Completed forms must be postmarked by February 28, 2017.
For full awards criteria, past recipients, and nomination forms, please visit the SCA Awards & Scholarships page.
The Society of California Archivists Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the annual awards honoring achievement.
Completed forms must be postmarked by February 28, 2017.
For full awards criteria, past recipients, and nomination forms, please visit the SCA Awards & Scholarships page.
The SCA newsletter is seeking articles and notices about your
activities and accomplishments for the Winter issue.
The newsletter relies entirely on submissions from community members,
so please share your news with the California archives community. We
all enjoy reading what members of our community are up to.
How about an article on newly processed collections, new acquisitions,
your institution's response to the challenging budget environment,
grants received, or an ongoing project? Or you might consider a short
notice on upcoming events, exhibit openings, new hires, student
activities, internship opportunities, or workshops? Have you read a
great book that other archivists might find interesting? How about
submitting a short review of it? Submissions on any topics of interest
to the California archives community are welcome. We would love to
have short news and events items from repositories and archivists
throughout the state.
Format for submissions: All articles and items
submitted for consideration should be delivered via email attachment.
Be sure to include the author's name, repository name, location, and contact
information at the end of your article. Please attach any images separately as
JPG or PDF files and include the caption for each image in the article document file.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 1, 2016. Email your
submissions to email@example.com . Be sure to include your
repository name, location, and contact information.
For more information, please contact Emily Vigor or Steve Kutay at
Registration is now open for the SCA-sponsored fall workshop in Santa Clara, offered by the Society of American Archivists:
Appraisal of Electronic Records (#1772)
Thursday, November 10, 2016, at Santa Clara University, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
This is a Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Foundation Course.
The first 25 SCA members who register for the course will receive the special discount of $100 off the SAA member and non-member registration fees; SCA members who are not members of SAA will receive an additional $25 discount. Prior to registering, please email the SCA Northern California Education Committee Chair, Marie Silva, to receive the promotional codes: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full description of the course, please visit the SAA website: http://saa.archivists.org/events/appraisal-of-electronic-records-1772/745/
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 20, 2016
Registration is limited to 30 attendees.
Remember that you may qualify for a Gray Scholarship to help with workshop costs.
The Walter P. Gray III Education Fund Scholarship offers up to $250 for registration and travel to SCA workshops. Submit an application form, including a proposed budget, to Marie Silva (email@example.com) by October 20, 2016. Additional information and a link to the application form are available here: http://www.calarchivists.org/Awards_Scholarships/Gray
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held April 27-29 in Pasadena, California. The Program Committee would like to invite you to submit your session proposals to make this our best AGM yet!
The theme of next year’s AGM is New Media, Same Process: Reconsidering Archives in Old Pasadena. The Program Committee welcomes proposals on any archival topic, and particularly welcomes those concerning fundamental archival theory in the context of new media, tools and practices, as well as proposals that feature:
A proposal form is available here.
The deadline for submitting session proposals is Monday, October 31, 2016.
If you have any questions, or ideas to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact Program Committee Chair David Uhlich. Thanks so much for helping us to make next year’s conference a successful one!
See you in Pasadena!
SCA's Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations and self-nominations for the following positions:
Submit your name or the name of a colleague by completing the SCA Candidate Nominating Form.
SCA service is a great way to have an impact on the archival profession in California. It provides opportunities to engage with colleagues while sharing, learning, and developing leadership skills. Furthermore, it's a chance to work with a team of wonderful archival colleagues from around the state.
More information about the positions and their responsibilities can be found in the SCA Handbook, sections 3-11 and 3-11-5.
All nominations must be received by November 15, 2016.
SCA Nominating Committee
Ellen Jarosz, Chair
The new officers for the 2016-2017 Board of the Society of California Archivists are:
Vice-President/President-Elect: David Uhlich
Board Member-at-Large: Chris Marino
Treasurer: Kate Tasker
Nominating Committee: Tanya Hollis
These persons will take office on 8 May and join incoming president Mattie Taormina, Immediate Past President Ellen Jarosz, Board Member-at-Large Li Wei Yang, Membership Director Christy Horton, and Secretary Lisa Crane to form the 2016-2017 SCA Board.
At the Awards Luncheon of our Annual General Meeting on 10 April, our society's awards were announced:
Sustained Service Award: Teresa Mora
Career Achievement Award: Lynn Downey
James V. Mink Award: Mary Priest
Archives Appreciation Award: Computer History Museum
Archival Award of Excellence: Adrian Turner
For more on our awards go here.
SAVE THE DATES - Sunday, August 14 & Monday, August 15, 2016 For *ENDLESS IMAGES*: A SoCal Summer Program organized by the Visual Resources Association (VRA), Society of CA Archivists (SCA), and Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-SC)
Visual Resources Association: www.vraweb.org
We'll see you in Laguna Beach in August!
Maureen Burns, ImageEd Consulting
Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Laguna College of Art + Design
Please come to the Society of California Pioneers SCA sponsored site visit on Thursday June 9, 2016, 4-6pm.
It will be an open house, with a tour of the library, and a brief talk on the current exhibit: What's the Rush? - How California Became the Golden State, hosted by Pat Keats, Director of Library and Archives, the museum will be open from 10am - 5pm that day, so come early if you wish
Light refreshments will be served during the site visit. But, also, that same evening is Presidio Twilight food trucks (5pm-9pm) will be right outside their door
Please see the evite below for more details, rsvping (which is necessary), and a map.
This year's Opening Reception will be held at Paradise Ridge Winery, located high on a hillside of the Russian River Valley Estate. We'll be there in time for sunset and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside, including life-sized sculpture gardens just down the hill. In addition to the art and sculptures that adorn the winery, in the cellar you'll find a Fountaingrove historical exhibit, which focuses on the life of winemaker Kanaye Nagasawa, who helped establish the winery in the late 1800s. Along with plentiful hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages, there will be two wood-fired pizza ovens churning out gourmet food to accompany the wine and beer available at the cash bar. The reception starts at 6:00, but if you are interested in walking through the estate’s sculpture gardens beforehand, the shuttle buses will run between the hotel and the winery, starting at 5:00pm.
For more information see http://calarchivists.org/AGM-2016.
Register online for the AGM by April 1!
The 2016 election for the officers of the Society of California Archivists will close on 21 March 2016. If you haven't voted, please do so.
If you have not received your electronic ballot, or have election questions, feedback or want to be removed from future ballot lists, please email the Society of California Archivists Election Committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference and hotel registration is now open for the Annual General Meeting of the Society of California Archivists. The AGM will take place April 7-9, in Santa Rosa, at the Hyatt Creek Vineyard Hotel. For more details and to register, go to the AGM home page.
See you in Santa Rosa!
The Gold Country Archivists (GCA) are hosting a free viewing of the SAA webinar User Experience Design and Digital Archives at Shields Library, UC Davis on March 1, 2016. This is a Society of California Archivists Member Initiated Event!
If you would like to attend, RSVP to email@example.com by February 28, 2016. The webinar is limited to 35 attendees. If interest exceeds thirty five participants, we'll start a waiting list.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Shields Library (Room 205), UC Davis
100 NW Quad
Davis, CA 95616-5292
Directions and parking information:
1. From I-80, exit at UC Davis.
2. Turn right on Old Davis Road if you exit west bound. Turn left on Old Davis Road if you exit east bound. Continue past the Visitor Information Kiosk toward the parking structure.
3. Turn right directly before the parking structure and continue into Visitor Parking Lot 1 or 2.
4. Purchase your $9 all day parking permit from the yellow dispense machine located after the first four rows on your left when first entering the lot. Permit dispensers will accept quarters, one-dollar bills, Visa or MasterCard.
5. Walk 2 blocks north to Shields Library which is located between Peter J. Shields Avenue and Hutchison Drive near the center of campus, at the south end of the quad.
6. The Library Instruction Room (Room 205) is on the second floor.
A UC Davis campus map is available here.
The SCA Fall newsletter is now available and ready for reading. Take a look at what the SCA is doing and at what fellow archivists and their repositories are doing throughout the state.
For the next Society of California Archivists general election (2016), our organization has these offices to fill: (1) Vice-President/President-Elect; (2) Treasurer; (3) Board Member-at- Large; and (4) Nominating Committee Member. The SCA Nominating Committee is now asking SCA members to nominate persons as candidates for these positions; self-nominations are welcome. Nominees must be an individual member in good standing (no unpaid past dues or interruption in membership for the past three years). For information about the responsibilities of a position please see the relevant sections of the Society’s Handbook (3-11-5). The deadline for the submission of nominations is December 1, 2015.
To nominate someone, please contact one of the members of the Nominating Committee:
We are only a week away from the deadline for AGM proposals (The deadline is October 16, 2015). The Program Committee welcomes proposals and encourages masters and doctoral students to create student panels. Please see the webpage below for more information:
The Program Committee thanks you in advance for your help us make this a truly exceptional conference.
Going to the SCA & Gold Country Archivists Mini-Conference?
Come a day early for the pre-conference workshop:
Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California State Library in Sacramento
(Offered by the Society of American Archivists, sponsored by SCA)
Instructor: Martin J. Gengenbach, Assistant Archivist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Archives
Register on the SAA website, where you'll find a full description.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JULY 27, 2015.
We hope to see you there!
The mini-conference program, which will take place at the California State Archives and the California State Library, will feature plenary sessions, three concurrent sessions, and a luncheon. The day will conclude with site tours of the California State Archives, the California State Library, and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. For additional information and to view the preliminary program, click here.
Registration is now open for The Future is Now: Digital Initiatives in the Archives mini-conference at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on August 28th. To view the preliminary program or to register please visit here.
Society of California Archivists members recently voted to approve a revision to section 3-4 of SCA’s Bylaws by the three fifths majority vote required for such a revision. The revision now makes the position of immediate past president on the SCA’s Board of Directors a voting director. The vote was necessary because the California Non-Profits Corporation Code no longer allows non-voting members on the board of mutual non-profit organizations. Our position of immediate past president had been non-voting. The vote to revise our bylaws was coupled with SCA’s general election, which ended 3 May.
Please mark your calendar for this Member-Initiated Event on interview techniques and professional networking!
More Prep, Less Panic: Mock Interviews with Real Professionals!
Join the Los Angeles Archivists Collective and LA as Subject for More Prep, Less Panic, a speed mock interviewing and networking event on Wednesday, June 10th from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM at the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240).
Open to archives students, new professionals looking for a job, or for anyone interested in practicing their interviewing skills. Similar to speed dating, More Prep, Less Panic will provide an opportunity to practice interviewing techniques with experienced professionals in an informal, no-pressure learning environment. The event will also include networking opportunities and light refreshments will be provided.
Participants will interview and rotate with a professional every five minutes, receiving valuable feedback on how to present oneself in a face-to-face interview.
Please wear professional attire and bring plenty of copies of your resume!
Professionals participating in the event
Jackie Dooley, OCLC Program Officer (former SAA president)
Megan Fraser, UCLA, Head of Processing Projects/Co-Head of Collection Management
Mahnaz Ghaznavi, UCLA Faculty
Ellen Jarosz, CSUN, Head of Special Collections (current SCA president)
...and more to be announced!
Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Location: Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240)
Doheny Memorial Library, USC
Parking: USC Parking Structure X (PSX), Gate 3, off McCarthy Way and Figueroa
This event will be capped at 25 participants, so please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1RQgDJs
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to Another Member-Initiated Event!
UCSF will be hosting a Bay Area Member-Initiated Event this Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.
Come to mingle with other Bay Area archivists and get a chance to see the new exhibits at the UCSF Library: Many Faces, One UCSF - celebrating the 150th anniversary and the history, science, and art of ocular prosthetics.
There will also be a presentation by Sherri Berger at the California Digital Library about the new Calisphere redesign, learn more about this great resource and bring your questions!
Directions to the Library are at http://www.library.ucsf.edu/visit/directions
Light but yummy refreshments will be served.
Thank you to everyone who ran in this year's election! Here are the results:VP/Pres Elect: Mattie Taormina | Secretary: Lisa Crane
SCA is sponsoring these gatherings under its Member Initiated Events program, and each has a regional organizing committee. With our AGM out of state at the Denver Western Roundup this year, these small conferences will provide great in-state programming and training opportunities for our members -- at minimal cost!
Stay tuned on the West Arch listserv and here for further details.
For more information about the Sacramento mini-conference, co-sponsored by the Gold Country Archivists, please send an email to email@example.com.For more information about the San Diego mini-conference, contact program chair Katie Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Western Round-Up is just around the corner! Since we are out of town this year, the SCA will not hold its usual Silent Auction, which is our major fundraiser.
In advance of the meeting, we wanted to remind members to consider donating to the James V. Mink Scholarship Fund, which was created to ensure that new generations of archivists will have the opportunity to attend an Annual General Meeting and a pre-conference workshop.
The Gold Country Archivists (GCA), an informal organization for archivists in the Sacramento region, are excited to announce that they will be co-sponsoring a two day “mini-conference” with the Society of California Archivists (SCA) this summer. The mini-conference, an SCA Member-Initiated Event, will take place in Sacramento from August 27-28, 2015, and will consist of a pre-conference workshop on Thursday and a day-long conference on Friday.
The pre-conference workshop, Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals, is a Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist foundational course. More information about the course is available here:
SCA members receive special pricing for the workshop!
The mini-conference program, which will take place at the California State Archives and the California State Library, will feature plenary sessions, three concurrent sessions, and a luncheon. The day will conclude with site tours of the California State Archives, the California State Library, and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. The conference program will be announced in June.
For more information about the Gold Country Archivists or the mini-conference, please send an email to email@example.com.
Mark your calendars – we hope to see you there
PowerPoint slides and handouts for Nancy Arms Simon's "Exhibitions for Beginners" workshop, held April 17th at the Environmental Design Archives, are now available for viewing and download on the Past Workshops page.
In response to feedback from the Membership, SCA will be testing out a blog format for news, announcements and other information on our home page. At this point, new blog posts can only be added by SCA Board Members and Committee Chairs, but active members are welcome to leave comments. SCA welcomes all feedback about this new format and we look forward to hearing from you!
On September 22 there was a Member-Initiated Event at UC Riverside's California Museum of Photography hosted by Leigh Gleason, of that institution. There were a total of twenty-three attendees, who came from Orange County, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, besides the Riverside area. There was site tour of the museum, as well as a discussion of continuing this kind of gathering for archivists in the area.
September 10 saw the Gold Country Archivists host a Society of American Archivists webinar at the Center for Sacramento History. The twenty-six attendees came from Sacramento County, Yolo County, Amador County, San Joaquin County, San Francisco County, and Mariposa County.The event included light refreshments, and a brown-bag lunch.
Member Initiated Events provides support to bring California archivists together for networking, discussion forums, site visits, special speakers, and mini-conferences. If you are interested in support for your group, please contact Kate Tasker of the Membership Committeememberevents@calarchivists.org.