Editors, SCA Newsletter
Over the past year, SCA Membership has been hosting informal, virtual meetings every month as part of its First Friday series, which have included presentations on labor issues and archives tools like WebRecorder, readings and discussions on reparative description, and even a virtual holiday party where we “zoomed” to a goat farm in Half Moon Bay. SCA will be ending these monthly virtual meetings for the time being, but we are committed to hosting similar virtual meetings as needed. Do let us know if you have an idea for a future topic!
In the meantime, member-initiated events (MIEs) are a great way to gather with your peers throughout the state, either in-person or virtually. SCA offers support for members to bring California archives workers together for networking, discussion forums, site visits, special speakers, mini-conferences, and more. The guidelines for proposing MIEs were recently updated to offer more flexibility on qualifying expenses that can be paid for and/or reimbursed by SCA. Types of expenses include webinar fees, speakers/facilitators and panelists, facilities/equipment, non-alcoholic refreshments, and meals.
Visit https://www.calarchivists.org/MemberEvents to see all of the new guidelines, and propose a member-initiated event today! Just fill out the proposal form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, please contact the Membership Director with any questions or suggestions, and we look forward to seeing you soon, virtually or in person, at a SCA member event.
SCA Membership Director
October is the month our profession embraces the opportunity to raise awareness and visibility of archives programs and repositories throughout the country and the state in an outreach effort known as "Archives Month." In California, SCA works with the California State Archives and NARA-San Francisco to produce a poster to promote and celebrate our collections. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Community Connections,” and we’d like to thank everyone who submitted images for consideration. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s poster, we were able to select multiple images and designed seven individual posters this year. The posters are now available on the CSA Archives Month website so make sure to download and print one or two (or all seven!) for your repository: https://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/public-events/archives-month
And a reminder that this year October 13 has been designated as #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter. Make sure to engage with your Twitter account and create or join a conversation with your community on this day to help break down perceived barriers between archivists and the public. If you are posting on general archives activities this month, please consider using #CalArchivesMonth2021. And for activities that are specific to this year's theme, use #ArchivesConnectCommunities.
Finally, if there are any Archives Month events that you are involved with, reach out to SCA’s Communication and Outreach Committee to further promote them through the SCA website calendar and social media platforms.
Happy Archives Month,
SCA Communications and Outreach Committee
Veronica Lara and Steve Kutay, Co-Chairs
The Education Committee is seeking proposals for webinars through Fall 2022. We are aiming to host at least four webinars throughout the year in addition to webinars in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting in the Spring. We would love to hear from those with presentations and work they would like to share!
Please submit your proposals using the SCA 2021-22 Webinar Proposals form, where you can indicate what you would like to present on and what timing will work best for you.
The Society of California Archivists' 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: https://forms.gle/fh76hrYZUpb8mk2c8
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 each of these positions and their responsibilities can be found in the SCA Handbook, sections 2-2, 2-5, 2-8 and 3-12 (http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA/Handbook_Bylaws.)
All nominations must be received by November 12, 2021.
SCA Nominating Committee
Tanya Hollis (Chair)
SCA is celebrating 50 years! Since its founding, SCA has proven to be essential to the professional lives of its members and to the preservation of records which reveal the multi-faceted history of California. In lieu of the annual Silent Auction, please consider making a monetary donation to SCA so that we may continue to provide resources, support, and education to the archival community. Donations of other amounts are also welcome! Those who donate $50 or more during the "$50 for 50" anniversary campaign will receive a tote bag honoring SCA’s 50th anniversary.
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