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Summer Mini-Conference in Laguna - Sunday August 14 and Monday August 15

June 21, 2016 3:29 PM 

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)

Come enjoy what we hope will be an endless summer in one of the best places
in SoCal to do so, beautiful Laguna Beach! We will be hosted by the Laguna
College of Art + Design's Dennis and Leslie Power Library.

Program details and registration information will be posted soon, but plan
for a fun Sunday afternoon and evening with colleagues, including a visit
to the Laguna Art Museum and Pageant of the Masters performance. Monday
will be a full day at the LCAD campus consisting of panels, sessions, and a
lightning round focused on the many aspects of image management and digital
projects from grant writing to curation to metadata and preservation. The
day will conclude with a reception at Sherman Library & Gardens, in nearby
Corona del Mar.

We are seeking 5-minute lighting round presentations about any elements of
image management and/or other digital projects. If you have any interest in
participating, please complete this form by July 20th:

Any program suggestions or questions should go to Maureen Burns or Jennifer Martinez Wormser at

If you want to make hotel reservations, here are some nearby suggestions
(double-up for economies & book early):

Best Western Laguna Brisas:  <>

Hotel Laguna:  <>

Inn at Laguna Beach:  <>

Marriott Courtyard Irvine Spectrum:

Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo:

The closest campsites are at Crystal Cove State Park (Corona del Mar),
Doheny State Beach (Dana Point), and San Clemente State Beach (San
Clemente), for those lucky enough to find a campground cancellation at

Links of Interest:

Laguna College of Art + Design:

Laguna Art Museum:

Pageant of the Masters:

Sherman Library & Gardens:

Visit Laguna Beach:

Art Libraries Society of North America:

Society of California Archivists:

Visual Resources Association:

We'll see you in Laguna Beach in August!


Maureen Burns, ImageEd Consulting

Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Laguna College of Art + Design


SCA Member Initiated Event - Society of California Pioneers Tour and Talk

May 31, 2016 2:03 PM

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.

Please feel free to email Pat if you have any other questions!.

Hope you all can attend!

*Patricia L. Keats*
*Director of Library and Archives*
*Alice Phelan Sullivan Library*
*The Society of California Pioneers*
*101 Montgomery Street, Suite 150*
*Presidio of San Francisco*
*San Francisco, CA  94129*


AGM Opening Reception scheduled for Paradise Ridge Winery!

March 25, 2016 2:02 PM

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

Register online for the AGM by April 1! 


Vote! SCA Officers Election Closing Soon

February 19, 2016 12:56 PM

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


2016 Annual General Meeting Registration Now Open!

February 17, 2016 11:57 AM

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!


SAA User Experience Design and Digital Archives Webinar Viewing - Davis, CA
February 11, 2016 4:41 PM

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 by February 28, 2016. The webinar is limited to 35 attendees. If interest exceeds thirty five participants, we'll start a waiting list. 

Meeting Details

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.


SCA Winter Newsletter is Now Available!

January 11, 2016 9:08 AM

The SCA Winter 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.


SCA Fall Newsletter Is Now Available

November 03, 2015 12:12 PM

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.


Nominations Sought for SCA Offices

September 28, 2015 7:55 AM

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:


AGM proposals are due on Friday, Oct. 16th

October 12, 2015 11:05 AM

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.


Summer, 2015 SCA Newsletter--Read it Now!

July 10, 2015 3:58 PM

Grab a cool summer beverage and take some time to catch up on all the activities of your colleagues around the state by reading the Summer 2015 SCA Newsletter.


Registration open for Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals #1624

July 01, 2015 11:43 AM

Going to the SCA & Gold Country Archivists Mini-Conference?

Come a day early for the pre-conference workshop:

Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals #1624

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

SCA Members receive special pricing.

Register on the SAA website, where you'll find a full description.


We hope to see you there!

July 14, 2015 1:21 PM 
Addendum: We will be awarding Gray scholarships:

The Walter P. Gray III Education Endowment Fund Scholarship offers funds up to $250 for registration and travel to SCA workshops. Submit an application form, including a proposed budget to Dee Dee Kramer ( by August 3, 2015. Application forms and additional information are available here.


Registration Open for the SCA/GCA Mini-conference in Sacramento!

June 22, 2015 12:19 PM
On-line registration for the mini-conference is available until August 21st or when attendance capacity is reached, whichever comes first! No on-site registration will be available.  Click here to register!

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 Open for the Mini-Conference in San Diego!

June 21, 2015 10:49 PM


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.


SCA Voters Approve Revision to Bylaws

June 10, 2015 2:03 PM

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.


Upcoming Member-Initiated Networking Event - June 10, 2015 (Los Angeles Area)

June 09, 2015 1:38 PM

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

Cost: Free

This event will be capped at 25 participants, so please RSVP here:

For questions, email   


Member-Initiated Event in Northern California, June 4th at UCSF Library

June 01, 2015 10:34 AM

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

Light but yummy refreshments will be served.

RSVP at 


SCA Election Results

May 30, 2015 8:32 AM 

Thank you to everyone who ran in this year's election! Here are the results:

VP/Pres Elect: Mattie Taormina | Secretary: Lisa Crane
Membership Director: Christy Horton | Director at Large: Li Wei Yang


Save the Date! Two Regional Mini-Conferences, August 27-28

May 19, 2015 11:38 AM 

Mark your calendars for two "mini-conferences" to take place in Sacramento and San Diego on August 28th, each with a workshop offering on August 27.

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

For more information about the San Diego mini-conference, contact program chair Katie Richardson at .

Annual Fund Drive Reminder
  • May 19, 2015 9:07 AM

    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 Mink scholarship is funded entirely through the generous donations of SCA members, and is the focus of this year’s funding drive. Take a moment to donate online, where you can make a payment by debit/credit card, PayPal, or follow up by mailing a check. Please see our Giving to SCA page for more information. There is no minimum amount—every donation helps!

    Thank you for supporting SCA, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Denver!

    Jeanette Berard
    Danielle Scott Taylor
    Co-Chairs, SCA Development Committee


  • Save the Date! Workshop & Mini-Conference in Sacramento, CA, August 27-28

    May 14, 2015 4:00 PM 

    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

    Mark your calendars – we hope to see you there

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  • "Exhibitions for Beginners" spring workshop materials now available

    April 28, 2015 3:16 PM

    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.

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2015 Western Roundup Registration Open

March 16, 2015 6:51 PM
Registration for the 2015 Western Roundup, a joint conference of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Society of California Archivists (SCA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA), is open. Information about registration, hotel room rates, workshops, tours, and more is available on the SRMA website.

  • Updates to the SCA Homepage!

    April 13, 2015 10:07 AM 

    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!

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    • Spring 2015 SCA Newsletter is Online!

      April 13, 2015 10:04 AM 
      Grab your favorite hot beverage and take some time to catch up on all the activities of your colleagues around the state by reading the Spring 2015 SCA Newsletter.

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  • Winter 2015 SCA Newsletter out - Read it now!

    February 02, 2015 6:43 PM 
    Grab your favorite hot beverage and take some time to catch up on all the activities of your colleagues around the state by reading the Winter 2015 SCA Newsletter.

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    • Announcing SCA's New Speaker's Bureau

      December 01, 2014 6:40 PM
      The Society of California Archivists is excited to announce the creation of the SCA Speakers Bureau. We are looking for SCA members willing to go and speak to groups about our profession to encourage public interest in and support for archival facilities. Click here for further information on how to get involved!
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      Recent Member-Initiated Events!

      October 06, 2014 6:35 PM 
    • SCA's Member Initiated Events helped support the following meetings. 

      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

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      • SCA Letter In Support of NEH Funding

        August 25, 2014 6:32 PM
        SCA has written a letter in support of maintaining current funding levels for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Please see the Government Affairs Committee page.

      • Congratulations to 2014 SCA Awards Recipients!

        May 26, 2014 6:29 PM | Supriya Wronkiewicz
        The SCA's 2014 Annual General Meeting in Palm Springs saw the following SCA and state awards  announced at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, 10 May. The SCA applauds this year’s winners and thanks them for their contributions to our organization and profession. If you have someone you wish to nominate for these awards for next year, please contact the chair of the SCA Awards Committee, Chuck Wilson, 

    • May 19, 2014 6:19 PM
    • Thank you to everyone who helped to make the Annual General Meeting a success!   Check back soon - presentations from the speakers and panel members will be posted on the AGMs Past web page.    

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    • Member-Initiated Events page has been launched!

      April 01, 2014 6:14 PM 
    • As promised in the Winter 2014 Newsletter, SCA has launched a new Member-Initiated Events Program. Support is available for members that would like to organize  events in their region. SCA can help fund networking gatherings, site visits, guest speaker events, webinar viewings, and more. 

      Full details and a proposal form can be found here. Please take advantage of this opportunity to bring archivists together informally or for professional development events -- coming soon to a location near you!

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