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We’re now calling on all institutions interested in submitting images for the 2021 California Archives Month poster! This year’s theme, “Strengthening Community Connections,” will be showcased on California’s first fully-virtual poster.
If you have any questions about the poster or image submission, you can contact SCA’s Communications & Outreach Committee at email@example.com.
SCA Communications and Outreach Committee
Publications Committee Seeking Layout Editor
The Society of California Archivists stands with those of Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicity in the United States against hate targeting their communities, and is deeply saddened and angered by the assaults and violent deaths that disproportionately affect AAPI seniors and women. The murders of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue are a direct result of structural racism that infiltrates every corner of our society, including archives. We support our colleagues who are experiencing the trauma of witnessing their loved ones, peers and community members being hurt or killed. The Society of California Archivists remains committed to the acknowledgement that our profession has supported and continues to support racist systems and practices that uphold systemic inequality and perpetuate white supremacy. White supremacy is directly responsible for the model minority myth, which has served to divide minoritized people and continues to hurt the AAPI community.
California, in particular, has a long history of racism and violence against Asian American immigrants dating back to the days of the Gold Rush, supported by state and federal legislation, including the passing of the the 1875 Page Act, which barred East Asian women from U.S. entry; the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited immigration of Chinese laborers and perpetuated anti-Chinese racism; the California Alien Land Law of 1913; and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Antiracist scholar Ibram X. Kendi tells us that policies shape attitudes; this is evident in the 145% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past 18 months.
As archivists, we serve as witnesses to this shameful legacy, and the oppression and harm toward the AAPI community that has been a painful part of California’s wealth and prosperity. Our efforts to document the lives and contributions of AAPI Californians can counter and contextualize racist tropes and scapegoating promoted by the media and politicians for political gain, both historically and in the present. But this cannot be where our work ends.
We can also acknowledge how we may have been unconsciously biased in our archival practices. We should be reflective about how the anti-Asian policies may have affected our personal attitudes about Asian and Pacific Islander people. We strongly encourage all SCA members to look within their own institutional practices to consider how Asian and Pacific Islander archivists have historically been treated by our profession. How will we hold ourselves accountable if you notice yourself, or someone else perpetuating stereotypes about Asian or Pacific Islander people? The SCA Ethics and Inclusion committee has advocated for all members to participate in active bystander training to combat harassment or violence as it is happening, or before it escalates. The Board strongly encourages you to engage in this type of professional development, and will offer opportunities to join as an organization in such training in the coming year.
How can we center the voices of our colleagues who are the most harmed by these policies? The SCA Ethics and Inclusion Committee is in the initial stages of planning a BIPOC affinity group, to bring together underrepresented archival workers in a community-centered space. The Ethics and Inclusion Committee, with the support of the Board will facilitate ongoing discussions about actions membership and the SCA Board can take to continue to work towards inclusivity within our professional organization. If you have any suggestions, please contact the Ethics and Inclusion Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we look toward celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we encourage fellow archivists to foster awareness of AAPI history and culture, promote historical materials that highlight AAPI contributions to our country’s success, and surface AAPI stories and personal narratives that have long been silenced in our historical record. We should also consider how we are celebrating and supporting these communities on an ongoing basis.
Executive Board and Ethics and Inclusion Committee
Society of California Archivists
The Society of California Archivists held its annual Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 28, as part of the Society’s online Annual General Meeting for 2021. Five awards and two scholarships were announced.
Catherine Powell was presented with a Career Achievement Award in recognition of her exceptional record of community engagement and outreach as Director of the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University. She leads an institution dedicated to preserving and making available the history of labor movements in the Bay Area, and she has forged strong bonds in the labor community, supporting the causes of working people. There are many examples of her innovative outreach to broader communities as well. She co-edited The San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guide Book, with walking tours that highlight labor history, and she has broadened awareness of labor history and archival resources through innovative collaborations with artists by means of exhibitions, photography commissions, and even hosting an aerial dance troupe. A colleague wrote: “Through her openness to innovative uses of the collections under her care, Catherine has changed the conversation about what it means to reach new audiences and bring them into dialogue about how we communicate our lives as workers.”
Gabriele Carey was presented with a Career Achievement Award, recognizing the remarkably broad and diverse reach of her career in California archives. She is currently an archives consultant and educator, and she previously worked for twenty-five years with History Associates, where she was Vice President and Senior Archivist and Historian. In the 1980s, she was the founding archivist at the Orange County Archives. Work for various clients of History Associates gave her a formative role in establishing or strengthening a great array of archival programs around the state and beyond. She carried out significant work with the Los Angeles County Archives, Southern California Edison, The National Parks Service, and the Tournament of Roses Association in Pasadena, among many others. She has been a mentor to many new archivists, and she teaches as an adjunct professor at the Claremont Graduate University.
Ellen Jarosz and her tireless work on behalf of the Society of California Archivists were recognized with a Sustained Service Award. For more than fifteen years Ellen has been involved in managing the annual Western Archives Institute, co-sponsored by SCA and the State Archives. She has served on Site Selection, Local Arrangements, and Program Committees, as well as SCA’s Nominating Committee in 2010-2012, and also on a Strategic Planning Task Force in 2012-2013. She served on the SCA Board, and was President in 2015-2016. Recently, she has been actively engaged in planning for WAI’s future and the 2021 transition to online education necessitated by COVID. Numerous colleagues have praised her as a pragmatic, steady and thoughtful leader, who is also warm and inclusive.
Terry Boom of Bancroft Library received a Special Award for 21 years as founding manager of SCA’s listserv, West_Arch. Terry was SCA’s Membership Director from 1999 to 2001. In this capacity, early in 2000, Terry established the first Society listserv, So_Ca, hosted at U.C. Berkeley. Within a few months, So_Ca’s scope was broadened to include other archivists in Western states, and it became West_Arch. In spite of a career as a library cataloger, which has taken him away somewhat from archives, Terry has remained engaged with SCA and has continued to host and manage the listserv, seeing it through its 20th anniversary.
L.A. as Subject was recognized with an Archives Appreciation Award, highlighting the organization’s exceptional online programming produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and also twenty-five years of community building among archives and their public, broadly defined. L.A. as Subject is a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the archival material of Los Angeles history. Membership in the organization is open to archivists, historians, other cultural heritage professionals, private collectors, and any member of the public interested in the history of the greater L.A. area. They have held the annual Archives Bazaar for fifteen years, and they also host Archives Forums every other month. They highlight the work of smaller community archives through their “Avery Clayton Spirit Award”, and have also formed an “Archives At Risk Committee.” For the full story of how they brought the Archives Bazaar, “Talk Shop” sessions, and other engaging activities online during 2020, see the recent newsletter posted to their website.
Two James V. Mink Scholarship recipients, for 2020 and 2021, were introduced at the Awards Ceremony.
Jiarui Sun, the 2020 recipient, is pursuing a PhD in Archival Studies at UCLA. He came to California with a strong background from his Chinese education, with both undergraduate and masters degrees focused on archival studies and technology. At UCLA he is pursuing an interest in American approaches to archives, and has a particular interest in community archiving.
Grace Muñoz is the 2021 Mink Scholar. She is an MLIS student in Media Archival Studies at UCLA with interests in audiovisual preservation, community-based archives, and communities marginalized in the archival record. Recently, she has worked as an Archival Description Audit Scholar at the UCLA Center for Primary Research and Training, working toward guidelines for descriptive practices that remove outdated or oppressive language from descriptions.
We welcome both these outstanding graduate students to SCA and to California archives, and we look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments.
SCA Publications Committee seeking Newsletter editors!
May 10, 2021 5:14 PM | SCA Publications Committee
The Society of California Archivists Publications Committee is seeking THREE new editors to join the Newsletter team! This is an exciting opportunity to meet and work with other SCA members and archivists while providing important editorial support for the Society's Newsletter.
The SCA Newsletter is the official voice of the Society, and is overseen by the Publications Committee. It carries professional news; reports the Board’s actions; announces Society meetings, seminars, workshops; and informs members of other archival issues and events of interest. The Newsletter is provided free with membership.
We are seeking candidates for the following positions:
Senior editor (1 position): This position shares duties with the co-senior editor to lead the editorial work of the Newsletter. Primary duties include:
Soliciting submissions and news items from SCA members, committee chairs, officers, and other relevant parties.
Disseminating new issues to the membership and the West_Arch listserv.
Conducting final edits and determining placement of content within the Newsletter.
Requesting input and editorial direction from the Publications Committee Chair on an as-needed basis.
Assistant editors (2 positions): These are new positions we’ve opened up to help with the editing process and give more members an opportunity to be involved with the production of the SCA Newsletter. Primary duties include:
Serving as the primary point of contact for authors/contributors.
Ensuring that submissions are complete and follow the Newsletter’s submission guidelines.
Minimally editing submissions for clarity and to ensure that they are free of grammatical errors.
If you are interested in any of these positions please email email@example.com by May 17th, and include a short paragraph or two about why you're interested along with any relevant experiences
The Society of California Archivists is excited to announce that registration for the 2021 Annual General Meeting is now open! Join us online April 27-30, 2021 for a full program exploring the themes of diversity and inclusion as well as the effects of the current pandemic on our institutions, collections, and profession.REGISTER
Questions about registration? Please contact the Local Arrangements Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application to attend the 2021 Western Archives Institute (WAI) is now live! WAI is an intensive, two-week program co-sponsored by the California State Archives and Society of California Archivists that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, especially those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but who have little or no previous archives education.
If you are interested in applying, please visit the webpage for more information: https://calarchivists.org/WAI
Check out the latest SCA Newsletter online here: https://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter
March 19, 2021 4:05 PMAnonymous member (Administrator)
Eligible members can vote now in the Society of California Archivists Officers Election 2021. The voting deadline is Apr 7, 2021, 11:45pm Pacific Time. You should have received a personal email with voting instructions. Please contact Marlayna Christensen (email@example.com) with any questions.
At our February First Friday meeting, we will be discussing the documentary film "Change the Subject":
The story of a group of college students, who from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. Sparked by an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog, these students carried their advocacy all the way from Dartmouth Library to the halls of Congress. The film shows how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.
We invite you to watch Change the Subject (54 minutes and streaming online) before this meeting, where we will discuss the film and talk about its relevance to reparative description work we are doing or embarking upon in our respective workplaces.
Optionally, you can also watch this supplementary video of a panel discussion held with the filmmakers in October 2020.
Please RSVP for this meeting on this page, and register via Zoom to receive the meeting link for added meeting security. Details for the meeting are below:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 5, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
It’s not too late to register for the Beyond Diversity Initiatives webinar. The purpose of this webinar is to discuss how Special Collections and Archives departments in academic libraries can provide mentorship and viable/meaningful professional development opportunities for BIPOC. Registration is open until December 7. To register or for more information, please see the entry on the events calendar.
It is difficult to imagine a more dire situation for those of us living in California right now, with wildfires raging throughout the state in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and the increasing threat of unemployment as the State faces deep budget cuts that will affect the its ability to support institutions, universities and the communities they reside in. And yet, I am heartened and inspired by the activism and ongoing commitment to social justice that I have witnessed in the archives community, and the care and support you all have shown each other.
Amidst all the uncertainty of the current moment, it is with a heavy heart that once again the Board of SCA was compelled to decide that for the health and safety of our members, it will be best not to meet in person in 2021 in Palm Springs. Though we were all looking forward to being together in person again, there was little that led us to believe that the current pandemic would be resolved in time for us to safely meet. Fortunately, this early decision gives our Local Arrangements and Program Committees the lead time they need to plan for a virtual meeting for 2021. We are now planning to reconvene in 2022 in Palm Springs again; we’ll share more in 2021 as we finalize details and have a better idea of what type of meeting we can hold safely.
This cancellation was particularly painful, as we intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of SCA together in 2021. Started in 1971, SCA has aged into the robust organization it is today through the hard work of many dedicated leaders and committed member volunteers, aided by the support of an engaged membership, and we looked forward to celebrating their achievements. Despite the change in plans, the Golden Anniversary Committee has continued their planning to mark this momentous occasion. Work has already begun to solicit photographs and other media from the membership, and an oral history program will soon be underway. If you have a story to tell or memorabilia from years past, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will connect you with the Committee’s chair, Gabriele Carey or one of the committee’s other hard working members: Lynn Downey, James Eason, Sue Hodson, Jennifer Martinez-Wormser, David Uhlich, and Chuck Wilson.
To help maintain and strengthen our professional community while we are unable to meet in person, our new First Friday monthly meetings, led by Membership Director Alix Norton with the support of Steering Committee members Courtney Dean, Chris Marino, and Robin Schiff, have created a vital way for us to connect and engage with one another. Most recently, we met to discuss and share the actions our members have started to take to confront structural racism and bias in our descriptive practices. Using Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia’s Anti-Racist Description Resources as a guide, we’ve begun the work of critically examining our institutions’ archival description for racist language, be it language of erasure or explicit terms, in order to dismantle inherited practices and cultivate more accurate and just ones.
Acknowledging that the outstanding topic for many of our members continues to be working conditions in the archives profession and the precarity of many of our positions, we have also devoted time in these meetings to talk about our labor. Though it has not happened as of this writing, on September 4 our Labor Task Force, co-chaired by Courtney Dean (UCLA) and George Thompson (CSU, Chico), will have shared results from their recent survey on current labor issues in California archives and provided a space for open dialogue. This task force is charged with reviewing labor issues within the archival profession and suggesting ways in which SCA can better advocate for its membership, and the Board is looking forward to their final report. If you have a related topic, or another issue you’d like to discuss in a casual forum with your colleagues, I encourage all of you to join us, and if you have an idea for a meeting, to reach out to Alix or any of the Steering Committee.
Before signing off, I want to extend my deepest thanks to outgoing Western Archives Institute Administrator Sue Tyson. Her navigation through the current crisis has been admirable, and we owe her a debt of gratitude for her quick and deliberate decisions and planning for the ongoing success of WAI.
Once again, recognizing that many of you are struggling due to job loss and family needs, I want to encourage those that need assistance to apply to the SAA Foundation’s Archival Workers Emergency Fund. Those of you that can afford to, please consider contributing.
My best wishes to you all for good health, safety, and financial security for you and your loved ones.
Tanya Hollis, President, Society of California Archivists 2020-2021
For other recent SCA news, see the Fall 2020 SCA Newsletter.
The Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held online April 27-30, 2021. The Program Committee would like to invite you to submit your session proposals to make our first ever virtual meeting a successful and exceptional experience.
The theme of next year’s AGM is “Diversity and Inclusion” and the Program Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of archival practice and research. We are especially interested in proposals that feature:
Aspects of discrimination, equity and bias in staffing, collections and collection development, access and description
Institutional responses to the current pandemic (including remote work and workspaces, remote access, what is considered "essential," the effect on labor, etc.) and the effect of the pandemic on user services and outreach
Labor and precarity
Archivists as activists
Successes and failures in archival practices
New technologies and tools
First time presenters, current graduate students, early career professionals, lone arrangers, and other individuals who work with archival materials in less traditional or unconventional roles are encouraged to apply.
Presentations that are framed within archival theory and promote discussions that are more broadly applicable to a range of organizations/individuals will be given preference over sessions that simply discuss completed projects with narrow applicability. We strongly encourage presentations that are thought-provoking, inform decision-making, and/or advance thinking on archival topics.
If you have an idea for a proposal, please fill out and submit the 2021 SCA AGM Session Proposal Form which is available at https://calarchivists.org/AGM2021
The deadline for submitting session proposals is Sunday, November 15, 2020.
If you have any questions, or ideas to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Thanks so much for helping us make next year’s conference a successful one!
2021 AGM Program Committee Chair
Society of California Archivist
SCA is pleased to continue our monthly virtual meeting series on the First Fridays of each month. Our next meeting is on Friday November 6th from 12-1pm. This will be an open session - feel free to drop in, bring your lunch, and chat with fellow attendees. You can also ask any questions you have about SCA, and bring ideas for future meeting topics. Please RSVP for the November meeting at this link:
We are excited to announce the publication of the Fall 2020 SCA Newsletter! It is now online at http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter. Thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items for this issue. Another issue will be coming out this winter, so please consider submitting an article or some news about your work. A call for submissions will go out shortly.
Amanda Mack, Sue Luftschein, and Patricia Delara
SCA Newsletter Team
The Society of California Archivists' (SCA) Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations and self-nominations for the following positions: Vice President / President Elect (3-year term); Secretary (2-year term); Membership Director (2-year term); Member at Large (2-year term); Nominating Committee (2-year term). Submit your name or the name of a colleague by completing the SCA Candidate Nominating Form: https://forms.gle/sq9r3dsE2mTw3gVe8. 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, 2-4, 2-7, 2-8 and 3-12 (http://www.calarchivists.org/About_SCA/Handbook_Bylaws).
All nominations must be received by November 11, 2020.
SCA Nominating Committee 2020-2021
The Society of California Archivists' Publications Committee is seeking a Newsletter Layout Editor to join the team! The SCA Newsletter is the official voice of the Society, and is overseen by the Publications Committee. It carries professional news; reports the Board’s actions; announces Society meetings, seminars, workshops; and informs members of other archival issues and events of interest. The Newsletter is provided free with membership. In cooperation with the Newsletter Committee (which includes the Chair and Editors), the incoming Newsletter Layout Editor is responsible for producing four newsletters a year, in accordance with the publication and editorial guidelines and standards set by the SCA Board of Directors. Primary duties include:
1. Working closely with the Newsletter Editors to ensure submitted articles, advertisements, and photos are prepared for the layout in advance.
2. Compiling the newsletter articles onto Canva, a graphic design platform, on a quarterly basis (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer issues). *No prior experience on Canva is required, as the current Layout Editor will assist with training on the platform.
3. Requesting input and editorial direction from the Publications Committee Chair on an as-needed basis.
If you are interested in this position please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 9th.
AGM 2021 call for session proposals is closed
November 16, 2020 10:56 AM
The AGM 2021 Program Committee is no longer accepting proposals for next year's annual meeting, and would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal for review. The Program Committee is currently reviewing all proposals and will be in touch in early December to let you know the status of your proposal.
Make sure to visit our AGM webpage for further information about next year's meeting: https://calarchivists.org/AGM2021
The Los Angeles Archives Bazaar is coming soon. This virtual event will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 8am-8pm. Check the Archives Bazaar website to see program details (with more to be announced). Also learn how you can participate by creating virtual exhibitor booth videos about your L.A. collections, submitting your homespun sound and audiovisual recordings to Home Movie Day and Basement Tapes Day, and volunteering in the Reference Room. Thanks to this virtual platform, the event will also feature special guests from Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Toronto! So invite your colleagues, family, and friends far and wide— national and international— to celebrate the 15th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar as well as the 25th Anniversary of L.A. as Subject. Although the environment will be different than past years, the spirit of showcasing L.A. archives “all day, all in one place” will be ever present.
Hope to see you there,
The 2020 Archives Bazaar Planning Committee
SCA Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
June 12, 2020 9:35 AM | Kelsi Evans
The Society of California Archivists affirms Black Lives Matter and stands in solidarity with the protesters calling for the end of police brutality and violence against the Black community.
We stand in opposition to the historic and present state of violence against Black lives. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are a direct result of the structural racism that infiltrates every corner of our society, including the archival profession.
The Society of California Archivists acknowledges that our profession has supported and continues to support racist systems and practices that uphold systemic inequality and perpetuate white supremacy. The legacy and role of white supremacy in archives has led to a predominately white and male historical record, while Black communities and Black voices are silenced, distorted, or entirely excluded from the historical record. Anti-Blackness has infiltrated our collections, policies, and workforce. It is our responsibility as archivists to dismantle oppressive archival practices and work toward building a more accurate and representative historical record. This moment reminds us as archivists that our work is not only to preserve but to amplify those voices that have been, and continue to be, unheard and silenced. It is this work that we must prioritize at the present moment. Otherwise, we can be sure that the history that is told will be by those voices most carefully crafted to establish and maintain systems of dominance and control.
The SCA Board is stepping forward to acknowledge and work toward amending the inequities caused by systemic racism. We call on ourselves and our white and non-Black membership to think about the antiracist actions we can take both professionally and personally to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to eradicate anti-Blackness in all forms. Personally you can take action by: donating to bail funds; signing petitions advocating for police accountability; locally supporting policies that defund police/law enforcement; donating to organizations that advocate for an end to structural racism; and calling your local/state representatives. Professionally we can: consider the policing nature of the archives and review access/use policies; rewrite collection development policies; commit to ethical collecting practices and prioritize care for protesters if collecting on the protests; revise our descriptions to eliminate racist/biased language, distortion, and the erasure of Black lives; and support community archives by providing resources.
The Board recognizes that in order to make headway in dismantling structural inequity, SCA as an organization needs to change. The SCA Board is committed to taking specific actions to show our support and to dismantle white supremacy, and we will remain accountable to our membership through further communications.
-In Solidarity, The SCA Board
SCA First Friday - October 2
September 24, 2020 11:56 AM | Kelsi Evans
SCA is pleased to continue our monthly virtual meeting series on the First Fridays of each month. Our next meeting is on Friday October 2nd from 12-1pm. This month we're encouraging folks to attend the AMIA panel on organizing with your professional community and continuing the conversation at our First Friday meeting. We'll also continue sharing current efforts and action items for anti-racist description, have time for open Q&A, and discuss future meeting topics.
Please RSVP for the October meeting at this link: https://www.calarchivists.org/event-3995904
If you would like to be part of the steering committee for this monthly meeting project, or if you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you.
Tell Us How UC It: Thinking Critically through a Living Archive for Student Activism
August 30, 2020 12:22 PM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The Tell Us How UC It: A Living Archive project is a grassroots effort created by a diverse group of four women at the UC San Diego Library as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, preserve and document the events related to student activism at UC San Diego. The project includes a timeline of campus student activism, student creative work and real-time feedback from the community on issues they face, physical exhibits, and an online collection. Some results of the project have been course instruction, participation in trainings for Resident Advisors and Teaching Assistants on interacting with the campus community and within EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) courses, a workshop on organizing for action, collaboration with campus groups, and inclusion in the national initiative Project STAND (STudent Activism Now Documented).
This webinar, presented by Tamara Rhodes (Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive, Science, Human Developmental Sciences, and Linguistics, UC San Diego Library) and Cristela Garcia Spitz (Digital Initiatives Librarian, UC San Diego Library), will share critical strategies and practical approaches for planning and advocating for this kind of project, and a focus on how partnerships are invaluable to this work.
Learn more and register.
SCA Recent Donations
June 29, 2020 8:30 AM | Kelsi Evans
SCA recently made two donations to organizations serving archival professionals. The first, We Here, is a supportive community for BIPOC library and archive workers. Learn more about We Here and ways to support their work at https://www.wehere.space/. The second was SAA's Archival Workers Emergency Fund. Learn more about the fund and ways to support your colleagues at https://www2.archivists.org/groups/saa-foundation-board-of-directors/archival-workers-emergency-fund.
While we're unable to gather in person, SCA will be hosting "First Friday" lunchtime meetings on the first Friday of each month at 12pm. Our next meeting on Friday, September 4th, from 12 to 1 pm, will focus on updates from SCA's Labor Task Force.
The Labor Task Force is a special committee charged with reviewing labor issues within the archival profession and suggesting ways in which SCA can better advocate for its membership. This session will share out results from the task force’s recent survey on current labor issues in California archives as well as provide a space for open dialogue among attendees. Join us to discuss the work of the task force, and help inform and influence priorities for best practices, advocacy, and board recommendations.Learn more and register here.
SCA Newsletter - President's message
July 18, 2020 12:27 PM | SCA Publications Committee
My deepest hope is that this letter finds you all healthy and safe. Our worlds, both personal and professional, have been and continue to be radically altered in ways we could never have imagined; many of us are still adjusting to new realities, losses and difficult transitions. But in the midst of the health crisis of COVID-19, I am inspired to see that we continue, as archivists, to bear witness to and record the inequities and trauma in our communities by soliciting stories from workers, students, and the public at large, thereby amplifying their present experiences. Every week, the number of these projects expands; within the CSU system alone, eight different projects have been launched as of May 31, and many other institutions have launched projects as well. Your fast work and thoughtful approaches will document this moment as few other global events in history have been documented in real time.
A more specific professional loss felt by us all was the cancellation of the Western Archivists Meeting. Sadly, as news of the devastation caused by COVID-19 began to spread and San Francisco took the prescient step of ordering a shelter-in-place before much of the nation, the leadership of the four regional organizations and the Local Arrangements Committee recognized that the meeting would not be able to go forward as planned. I want to acknowledge the incredibly hard work that the Program Committee, the Local Arrangements Committee, and the leadership of the western regional organizations put into both the planning for, and the dissolution of, the Western Archivists Meeting. The thoughtfulness of the Program Committee, the creative and engaging proposals submitted by the members of all of the organizations involved, and the heavy lifting of planning for such an event by our Local Arrangements Committee showed what a fully engaged and committed membership looks like.The great accomplishments we achieved are no less valuable because of the meeting’s cancellation.
We are now, of course, in a new era, struggling to maintain our professional work while wrestling with the inequities in our institutions and in our personal lives that have been further exposed by the pandemic. Having worked for many years in archives, I have seen firsthand the struggles to keep our institutions functioning during times of scarcity, and the devastating impact that downturns can have when that struggle results in layoffs, furloughs and cuts to already-low salaries. Having been in positions of precarity throughout most of my career, including in my present position, I’m acutely aware of the anxiety and fear that comes from holding a job that is tied to funding that could disappear in the coming months. I am grateful that in this moment, we are reaching out to one another, supporting one another, and fighting for our colleagues in the ways that we are able. I’d like to highlight in particular the list shared recently by the Los Angeles Archivists Collective (LAAC) COVID-19 Community Resources for Archivists. Please refer to it, add to it, and share it broadly, as it is a perfect example of how our community harnesses collective energy to share information and show empathy towards one another. I’m proud too of the work my fellow archivists are doing to highlight those inequities that persist within our cultural heritage institutions, government agencies, and universities. We must continue to press on these issues, even as raising our voices may not feel safe.
To that end, it will be timely to hear from our own Task Force on Labor Issues, led in the coming year by Courtney Dean and George Thompson, and to increase advocacy on behalf of our members, in solidarity with our allies in national and regional organizations. To support your continued professional development needs, SCA’s Education Committee—chaired by Adrienne Storey (Northern California), Mallory Furnier (Southern California) and Christine Kim (Online)—is working hard to transition our workshops to a virtual environment. You can look forward as well to our earlier webinars being published online in the coming months.
Before signing off, I want to extend my deepest thanks to outgoing Past President Teresa Mora, whose contributions to SCA cannot be overstated; to Liz Phillips, our outgoing Treasurer, whose thoughtful guidance and fiscal responsibility ensures that SCA’s financial standing remains solid, despite the recent downturn; and for the commitment and dedication of Dee Dee Kramer as our outgoing Member At Large. I also would like to thank our outgoing committee members, as it is their heavy lifting that keeps SCA moving forward, as we enter our 50th year: Jennifer Martinez Wormser (Awards), Kate Dundon (Development), and Genevieve Preston (Government Affairs).
Finally, recognizing that many of you are struggling due to job loss and family needs, the Executive Board voted to contribute funds to the SAA Foundation’s Archival Workers Emergency Fund. If you can afford to, please contribute; if you are in need, please apply.
Wishing you all continued good health, safety, and security,
For other recent SCA news, see the Summer 2020 SCA Newsletter.
SCA Virtual Monthly Meeting - August 14th
July 24, 2020 1:57 PM | Kelsi Evans
SCA is pleased to continue our monthly virtual meeting series for members (and anyone interested in joining us!) to discuss various topics of interest in an informal, online environment. On Friday August 14th from 12-1:30pm, we will meet to discuss the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description Resources, and make action items from these resources for our own work. We will reconvene in a few months to report our progress on these action items. We will also spend the last half-hour discussing labor issues of interest to the group, so that we can plan for further monthly discussions around labor.
Please RSVP for the August meeting at this link:
If you would like to be part of the steering committee for this monthly meeting project, or if you have any questions, please let us know.
2021 SCA Annual General Meeting
July 10, 2020 11:31 AM | SCA Publications Committee
It is with great sadness that we announce that the SCA Board has decided to move the 2021 Annual General Meeting to an online-only environment. A number of factors have led us to this decision, most importantly the health and well-being of our members. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the recent surge in cases across our state, and the expected wave of even more cases in the fall/winter we feel an in-person meeting would put our membership at undue risk. Recent news of California State University’s (CSU) extension on staff travel restrictions through June 30, 2021, which is likely to be adopted by the State and UC system as well, also factored into our decision as the majority of our members are employed by those systems and would be unable to attend an in-person meeting. By making this decision now, we can allow our Program and Local Arrangements Committees ample time to plan for the transition to a virtual meeting. We hope that we will once again be able to meet with each other in person again in 2022, in Palm Springs.
For other recent SCA news, see the Summer 2020 SCA Newsletter.
During these months when we are unable to gather in person for the annual meeting and for member-initiated events, SCA is initiating a monthly virtual meeting for members (and anyone interested in joining us!) to discuss various topics of interest in an informal, online environment. We are envisioning these lunchtime meetings to be an informal space to read and discuss recent articles and guidelines, make action items, share achievements, advocate for our labor, and more. Each meeting will center around a general theme, and details will be shared in advance on the west_arch listserv.
Join us for our kick-off meeting on July 10th at 12pm, where we will talk about the direction of these meetings, the planning structure, and topics we may discuss. For our first official meeting in August, we are planning to discuss the Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia Anti-Racist Description Resources, create action items from these resources for our own archives, and share our progress on these action items during the next monthly meeting in September.
May 11, 2020 10:36 AM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The 2020 SCA Election results are in! We’d like to thank everyone who ran for office and accepted the call to serve. As a completely volunteer-run organization we count on the participation and engagement of our members. And the winners are...as Vice President/President Elect we welcome Leilani Marshall, as Treasurer we welcome Lara Michels, as At-Large Board Member we welcome Sue Luftschein, and to the Nominating Committee we welcome Elena Colón-Marrero. Congratulations to all and welcome to the SCA Board. We’d also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge our fellow members that will be rotating off the Board: Teresa Mora (Immediate Past President), Liz Phillips (Treasurer), and Dee Dee Kramer (At-Large Board Member). Thank you all for your contributions to the organization during your terms.
The 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) in San Francisco would be well underway today. Unfortunately, as you are all aware the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of WAM and instead of gathering in the City by the Bay many of us are home adjusting to the new norms of remote work and social distancing. Nothing can replace hearing about the great work of our colleagues, catching up with old friends, and talking shop with fellow archivists in-person, but there are some exciting updates on the SCA front that we’d like to share.
First and foremost, all WAM refunds have been issued so those of you that registered should have a little more money back in your accounts now. Many thanks to Kate Tasker and Liz Phillips for all of their hard work on this! The Program committee had put together a stellar program for WAM and while we missed out on it this year, there will be an opportunity to see some of that programming at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM). WAM presenters are being encouraged to re-submit proposals for next year’s AGM where a select number of spots will be reserved for these sessions. And speaking of the AGM, we’ve selected the venue and are happy to announce that we’ll be returning to Palm Springs in 2021, after a seven year hiatus, to celebrate SCA’s 50th Anniversary!
Now onto the 2020 SCA Election results! Before we announce the winners we’d like to thank everyone who ran for office and accepted the call to serve. As a completely volunteer-run organization we count on the participation and engagement of our members. And the winners are...as Vice President/President Elect we welcome Leilani Marshall, as Treasurer we welcome Lara Michels, as At-Large Board Member we welcome Sue Luftschein, and to the Nominating Committee we welcome Elena Colón-Marrero. Congratulations to all and welcome to the SCA Board. We’d also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge our fellow members that will be rotating off the Board: Teresa Mora (Immediate Past President), Liz Phillips (Treasurer), and Dee Dee Kramer (At-Large Board Member). Thank you all for your contributions to the organization during your terms.
And lastly, we’d like to announce that the 2020 Membership Meeting will be held virtually on June 3, 2020 from 2-4p. The full agenda and login information will be released closer to the meeting date but highlights include a review of board activities, financial overview, and committee updates. We look forward to seeing you all there (virtually!) so please mark your calendars.
We hope that everyone is staying health and safe out there,
Your SCA Board
If you have the capacity please consider donating to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund (AWEF) to help support your fellow archival workers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 crisis: https://www2.archivists.org/news/2020/archival-workers-emergency-fund-launched-by-saa-foundation
At the end of February, I submitted my President’s Message for the Spring newsletter where I spent most of my time detailing the upcoming 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) that was scheduled to be held in San Francisco from April 22nd – 25th. Much has changed in the world since I wrote that letter due to the COVID-19 pandemic including the official cancellation of WAM 2020 on March 16th. This was a difficult, but necessary decision given the impact of this outbreak worldwide and within the state of California. The health and safety of our members always remained at the forefront of our decision making and behind the scenes work to either cancel or postpone the conference began well before this official announcement. As you can imagine, it takes time to work through a scenario like this when there are four organizations involved and a hotel contract in place to contend with. At no point were any of the organization’s leaders willing to put their memberships at risk, though, even in the face of catastrophic financial losses that would have jeopardized the existence of all four organizations. For this I would like to commend my fellow members of the SCA Board along with the leadership of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) on their thoughtful and informed approach to a situation that none of us anticipated or were prepared to deal with.
At this point, I don’t have any information on when the western regional archival associations will come together for another joint meeting. Information on this will be communicated when it is available. Additionally, per the SCA bylaws there is to be a Members Meeting held annually which was scheduled for during WAM. The SCA Board is currently looking into available technologies to host this meeting online later in the year, so stay tuned for more information on that in the coming months.
My time as SCA President is nearing its end and this will be my last President’s Message. I would just like to say that I am proud of the work completed this year, specifically with regards to the ethics and inclusion policies/procedures established for our organization, the streamlining of some committees, and the attention we’ve started to direct toward labor issues within the profession. The foundation we’ve set this year will help carry this work forward in the years ahead. These are uncertain times and we are headed into an uncertain future, but I am confident that some things will remain unchanged. One of those being, that SCA will continue to serve as an outlet for archivists throughout California to come together in support of one another, our communities, and our profession. Stay healthy and stay safe out there everyone!
Eric Milenkiewicz, SCA President
Read more from the Spring 2020 SCA Newsletter
Last Chance to Vote in 2020 SCA Officers Election!
April 03, 2020 4:21 PM | Kelsi Evans
This is the last call to vote in the Society of California Archivists Officers Election 2020. The voting deadline is just four days away (April 6, 2020 at 11:45pm Pacific Time). The response has been great, but we still need your votes! Ballots were sent via email from email@example.com and candidate statements are still available through your personalized voting link and on the SCA website. Please take a moment to review the ballot and vote today! If you have election questions or feedback, please email Marlayna Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCA Election Committee: Marlayna Christensen, Alex Post, Peter Runge
SCA Spring Newsletter 2020
April 03, 2020 9:48 AM | Kelsi Evans
We are excited to announce the publication of the Spring 2020 SCA Newsletter! It is now online at http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter. Thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items for this issue. Another issue will be coming out this winter, so please consider submitting an article or some news about your work. A call for submissions will go out shortly.
March 16, 2020 3:44 PM | SCA Past President
The 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) scheduled for April 22nd - 25th in San Francisco has been cancelled. Full refunds will be issued to all registrants within the next 2-3 weeks. At this time there are no plans for holding WAM later this year or transitioning the program into a virtual environment. A more complete statement on the cancellation will be circulated in the days ahead by the host organizations. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through this.
Joint Statement on WAM
March 13, 2020 8:50 AM | SCA Past President
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, leadership from the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) met earlier this week to discuss the status of the upcoming 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) being held in San Francisco from April 22nd - 25th. At this point in time, WAM has not been cancelled. However, legal counsel is reviewing our hotel contract to determine if either cancellation or postponement are viable options. An update on this will be circulated by March 20th. The health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance, and we are following recommendations from scientific and health agencies to ensure the necessary precautions are in place for WAM. We have coordinated with the hotel on the need for enhanced food handling/service to reduce the risk of contamination and also on the availability of hand sanitizer stations/disinfectant wipes at the venue for attendees. WAM will also be a handshake/hug free conference where smiles, nods, and waves will be encouraged. Lastly, we are exploring the feasibility of providing options for remote presentations in the event a presenter is unable to attend the conference. Live streaming and recordings of the conference will not be made available, though, as the cost to do so is prohibitive. Given that WAM is still more than five weeks away, our WAM registration refund/cancellation policy remains in effect. Full refunds for cancellations are available until April 1st, with 50% refunds offered through April 14th. Unfortunately, given our contractual obligations with the hotel we are unable to offer full refunds for cancellations made on or after April 15th. In the event the conference is cancelled, full refunds will be issued to all registrants. The COVID-19 outbreak is a constantly changing and evolving public health situation that we’ll continue to closely monitor, including recommendations from government health agencies and recommendations/policies from western region agencies, colleges and universities. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times, and we’ll be sure to provide status updates on WAM as new information becomes available. Please feel free to reach out to the Local Arrangements Committee, email@example.com, with any questions and/or concerns that you may have.
Eric Milenkiewicz (SCA President)
Erika Castaño (CIMA President)
Max Johnson (NWA President)
Heather Bowden (SRMA President)
Welcome to the 2020 SCA Election!
March 04, 2020 11:46 AM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The election is now open until the end of day, Monday, April 6th. Ballots were sent via email from “firstname.lastname@example.org.” If you have not received your ballot, please check your SPAM folder or contact the Election Committee chair, Marlayna Christensen (email@example.com). One correction to the ballot: the position of Treasurer is inaccurately listed as Secretary/Treasurer. The position up for election this year is Treasurer. Candidate statements are available through your personalized link and on the SCA website. This year the committee is striving for a 50% voter response, which can be tracked on the SCA home page. Please help us with this goal and submit your vote today for the Society of California Archivists Officers Election 2020.
SCA Election Committee,
Marlayna Christensen, Alex Post, Peter John Runge
Newly Announced Scholarship to Attend WAM!
February 18, 2020 10:23 AM | SCA Past President
In an effort to make attendance at the upcoming Western Archivists Meeting more attainable to members, the Board of the Society of California Archivists has voted to allocate funding to support a one-time Western Archivist Meeting Scholarship. The scholarship is meant to support the attendance of an SCA member who would otherwise be unable to attend or who would face undue financial hardship as a result of doing so. The scholarship will cover registration fees, attendance at the luncheon, lodging at the conference hotel for up to three nights and reimbursement of up to $500 for meals and travel to San Francisco for one recipient. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see the Awards Committee webpage.
Call for Collections - The Community Archiving Workshop: AV Collections Care and Management
February 21, 2020 2:19 PM | Kelsi Evans
In partnership with the Community Archiving Workshop and California Revealed, the Society of California Archivists (SCA) is seeking a partner (or partners) with unprocessed collections of audiovisual materials (film, video, audio recordings) to participate in the Western Archivists Meeting pre-conference Community Archiving Workshop on April 22, 2020. Workshop participants will work in teams under the guidance of audiovisual professionals to inspect, label and inventory each asset- resulting in a detailed inventory. This is a great way to kickstart processing and preservation planning for your collection.
For more information on this session, please visit https://sched.co/ZUTU.
Partners will have the opportunity to:
Gain intellectual and physical control over their audiovisual collection
Learn to identify formats and risk factors
Develop preservation recommendations for their audiovisual collection
Able to transport collection (maximum 200 items) to the workshop at The InterContinental San Francisco
Available for pre-workshop planning meetings (by phone)
Ideal collection would include various formats (mix of film, video, audio)
If selected, your collection will receive professional preservation work during the workshop in exchange for being loaned for the day, and SCA will cover registration fees for the partnering organization.
If your organization has a collection that you think would be a good fit, please fill out this survey by Friday, March 13th and we will get back to you!
For more information about the Community Archiving workshop and online registration: The Community Archiving Workshop: Audiovisual Collections Care and Management
SCA Newsletter - Join Us for the Western Archivists Meeting 2020 in San Francisco!
March 02, 2020 3:48 PM SCA Publications Committee (Administrator)
The Program Committee and Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) would like to warmly invite you to the upcoming Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) being held in San Francisco, California at the InterContinental San Francisco from April 22-25, 2020. WAM, last hosted in Denver, Colorado in 2015, is a special opportunity for archivists from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Society of California Archivists (SCA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) to participate in a joint conference.
The conference hotel is situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco, making it an ideal landscape for exploring all the city has to offer, and offers a modern, beautifully renovated (and LEED-certified) backdrop for the largest meeting of archivists in the west.
The Program Committee, which is comprised of leadership from all four of the regional organizations, solicited session proposals that addressed the conference theme of Labor, Power, and Privilege. We were gratified to receive a large number of thoughtful session proposals from members of all of the regional organizations. Because of the overwhelming number of proposals, we expanded the number of sessions during the conference from twenty-one to thirty-two, and selected sessions that fell into the four areas of labor, power, privilege and oppression, Native American collections-focused topics, and those with broad general interest. We have invited two speakers: Mark Matienzo, of Stanford University, who is the author of a recently completed white paper on contingent labor; and Wendy Teeter, who will be in conversation with Liza Posas of the Autry Museum about Wendy’s work at the Fowler Museum and its Native American collections.
The Program Committee, working with Local Arrangements, has also tried to build in a number of opportunities for socializing and space for regional organizational meetings. We hope that there will be something of interest for everyone in the program, and that it will be a generative and educational meeting, while also allowing for cross-regional knowledge sharing and social interaction.
The LAC is currently organizing repository tours, discounted admissions to local museums, and other special events to benefit attendees, including an exciting opening reception. We hope that you will join us for the entire time and enjoy all that WAM and San Francisco have to offer. Conference registration will be available on the SCA website by early January. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco in 2020!
SCA 2020 WAM Program Committee Chair
Teresa Mora, Kate Tasker, and Emily Vigor
SCA 2020 WAM Local Arrangements Committee
Read more from the Winter 2020 SCA Newsletter
SCA Newsletter - What I Got Out of My First SCA AGM
February 03, 2020 2:43 PM | SCA Publications Committee
I was fortunate enough this past April to attend the SCA Conference in Long Beach, CA thanks to the Mink Scholarship. I was able to connect with new, interesting people in the field as well as visit with familiar faces. Some of the sessions I was able to attend have followed me as I have transitioned from student to new professional, having graduated with my Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in June and moved across the country for a two-year fellowship at North Carolina State University Libraries in July.
The how-to seminar “Anything is Better than Nothing: Minimum Viable Actions for Accessioning Born-Digital” and “There and Back Again: Web Archive Collection Development, Arrangement, and Access,” were both solid backdrops to understanding some of the processes of Special Collections at NC State University and how my department of Acquisitions and Discovery collaborates with them to archive architecture websites, for example.
The “Empowering Indigenous Communities Through Inclusion” session spoke to research that is important to me, considering ethics in digital workflows for Indigenous cultural heritage in libraries, archives, and museums. It was helpful as I finished and presented my final portfolio for my MLIS in May and inspired me to help host a roundtable at the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) Conference in Temecula, CA this past October.
The mini-workshop “Crafting Shareable Metadata: Good Practices for Better Discovery” has come in handy for a project in my current fellowship focusing on improving the user search experience by rethinking metadata’s role in connecting data silos, such as websites and catalogs. The research portion of this project is coming to a close and we hope to share what we learned at Code4Lib. Fingers crossed our proposal gets accepted!
I am so glad to have gone to the SCA Annual General Meeting, and hope to be able to attend more in the future. It was the perfect size and scope for a newcomer, with plenty of stimulation without being overwhelmed. Even though my first professional title doesn’t contain “archivist”, archival thinking has given me a valuable perspective as a librarian–one that has already allowed me to contribute in my current position by asking questions about metadata, preservation, and ethics.
Ashley Evans Bandy
NC State University Libraries
Read more from the Winter 2020 SCA Newsletter
WAM 2020 Registration Now Open
January 28, 2020 12:12 PM Anonymous member (Administrator)
Register now for the Western Archivists Meeting 2020. The early bird deadline is April 1. Learn more and register here.
SCA Newsletter - President's message
January 22, 2020 4:49 PM SCA Publications Committee (Administrator)
California is my home state. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have spent much of my adult life in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Over the years I have witnessed the growth and evolution of California from both ends of the state. While most changes have been positive others have proven challenging for residents, most notably the high cost of living found in our state that many Californians are struggling with today.
As a non-profit organization operating in California, SCA has not been immune to these rising costs and is beginning to feel the pressure of supporting the needs of an ever growing membership that currently stands at more than 500 strong. A core tenet of SCA has always been to provide members with high quality benefits at an affordable price. In line with this, the SCA Board has worked diligently over the past fifteen years to not increase membership dues, while providing low-cost workshops to members, financially supporting member initiated events, and keeping AGM registration rates as low as possible for attendees. However, with the considerable rise in costs over the past few years we are beginning to experience shortfalls in our annual operating budget. Increased costs associated with the AGM have resulted in significant losses over the past two years and with the high cost of meeting in San Francisco for the 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) we anticipate additional losses this year.
Discussions on how to stabilize the budget are currently underway by the Board as we look toward a solution to reverse this course. We are planning to conduct an assessment of services, with input from membership, later this year to see where adjustments can be made to increase revenue and lower operating costs. One of the main areas that we’ll be focusing on pertains to the high hotel, reception, and audiovisual costs associated with the AGM. Due to our organization’s size we are heavily reliant on large hotel chains as they typically are the only available option to accommodate our meeting space and hotel room needs. The Board is interested in exploring alternative, non-traditional solutions for the AGM in order to keep associated costs manageable for both the organization and its members. At this point we’re not sure which direction this will take us in, but we do recognize that the AGM might need to be drastically reconceived in order to gain the necessary cost savings.
The Board’s goal is to minimize the financial impact on members so that SCA remains an affordable professional association for archivists, librarians, and other allied professionals in the state of California. To be fully transparent, the Board is currently reviewing the cost of membership and exploring the idea of a modest increase to membership dues. Updates on this will be communicated to members as our discussions progress. I am confident that with some minor adjustments on a few fronts we can collectively ensure that SCA remains affordable and maintains a solid financial footing moving forward.
Eric Milenkiewicz, SCA President
Read more from the Winter 2020 SCA Newsletter
SCA Awards and Scholarships -- Deadline is Feb. 1st
January 22, 2020 9:00 AM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The Awards Committee of the Society of California Archivists (SCA) is still accepting applications and nominations for its annual awards and scholarships through the application deadline of Saturday, February 1, 2020. For more information about these opportunities to support and recognize excellent work in the archival field, please see https://calarchivists.org/Awards_Scholarships and the brief descriptions below.
Archives Appreciation Award
The Archives Appreciation Award recognizes an agency, organization or institution which has provided extraordinary support for archival programs. These can include arrangement and description programs, public service programs, reference, exhibits, or outreach. The award is sponsored by our longtime partner Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc.
Career Achievement Award
The Career Achievement Award recognizes SCA members who have had an outstanding career in the archival endeavor. Nominees must have contributed in significant ways to the profession, such as establishing archives, teaching, and/or writing in the archival field.
Sustained Service Award
The Sustained Service Award is given to SCA members to recognize them for their prolonged and quality service to the Society of California Archivists over a period of 12 years.
James V. Mink was the first president of the Society of California Archivists, and a long-serving archivist at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a passionate advocate of archival education. The scholarship promotes professional development and enables archival studies students or recent graduates to attend both the SCA Annual General Meeting and a pre-conference workshop at the April 22-25, 2020 conference in San Francisco.
Gray and Bonfield Education Fund Scholarships
The Walter P. Gray III Scholarship is administered by the Awards Committee and funds travel and registration for SCA Workshops and other related training and educational opportunities offered in California. All SCA members in good-standing who have limited or no access to institutional funding for continuing education may apply. Up to $500 may be awarded per workshop, and 4 scholarships are available each year.
The Lynn A. Bonfield Scholarship is administered by the Awards Committee and funds travel and registration for members to attend non-SCA sponsored continuing education events outside of California to enhance their professional training. All SCA members in good-standing who have limited or no access to institutional funding for continuing education may apply. Up to $1000 may be awarded per event, and 2 scholarships are available each year.
Apply Now for the 2020 Western Archives Institute
January 08, 2020 10:33 AM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The application for the 2020 Western Archives Institute is now available. Applications are due by March 2 for the June 7 - June 19 Institute at San Diego State University.
SCA Winter 2020 Newsletter
January 06, 2020 1:38 PM | Kelsi Evans
We are excited to announce the publication of the Winter 2020 SCA Newsletter! It is now online at http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter. Thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items for this issue. Another issue will be coming out this winter, so please consider submitting an article or some news about your work. A call for submissions will go out shortly.
SCA Launches Survey on Current Labor Issues in CA Archives
December 17, 2019 9:40 AM | SCA Past President
Members of the recently created SCA Task Force on Labor Issues in Archives seek your input for a broad survey of labor issues in archives throughout the state of California: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5WLJCY6
The survey, which will inform and direct the future work of the Task Force, asks questions concerning demographics, certification and employment history, salary, temporary positions (grant-funded or otherwise), workplace safety, union membership, job satisfaction, and future directions for the task force and for the Society of California Archivists. It seeks responses from a wide range of archival workers at various types of institutions (academic, museum, corporate, state, religious, etc.) and across a wide range of employment categories (tenure-track, librarian, temporary, student, volunteer, etc.). Anyone who identifies as an archivist and who is working, or has worked, in the state of California is encouraged to participate. You do not need to be a current SCA member. No names or other personally identifying information will be collected, and participants will remain anonymous.
We thank you sincerely for your input. We understand that reflecting on workplace issues can be emotionally difficult, and urge you to prioritize your own health and well-being. The survey has 45 questions and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All questions are optional, and you can save the survey partway through and return to it later. Additionally, once the survey is submitted you may return to the link to edit and/or complete additional questions.
The survey will remain open until January 15, 2020. For questions or concerns please contact the SCA Labor Task Force co-chairs: George Thompson or Courtney Dean.
Please share the survey link widely! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5WLJCY6
SCA Newsletter - MP+D Completes San Francisco Bay Area Theater Recordings Preservation Project
November 18, 2019 11:11 AM | SCA Publications Committee
On June 30, 2019, the Museum of Performance + Design(MP+D)completed its year-long preservation project, More Life: Preserving San Francisco Bay Area Theater Recordings, funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and MP+D supporters. These grants supported the digitization of some of MP+D's most at-risk live theater video recordings, documenting performances and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1976 to 2001. Over the course of the project, MP+D digitized 200 video tapes for long-term preservation and created catalog records for 175 recently acquired recordings. Among the significant works preserved were the world premiere of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Angels in America" by the Eureka Theatre; the 1977 production of Athol Fugard's "Sizwe Bansi is Dead", starring a young Danny Glover; American Conservatory Theater's 1987 production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom with Charles Dutton; and performances from several other San Francisco Bay Area theatre companies such as Magic Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Theatre of Yugen. Information about these productions is discoverable through their catalog records on MP+D's online catalog and WorldCat.org. Newly digitized works will be accessible for viewing via on-site workstations in MP+D's Reading Room. Please visit www.mpdsf.org for additional information.
Museum of Performance + Design
Read more from the Fall 2019 SCA Newsletter!
Event Announcement: ArchivesSpace and Airtable for Improved Workflow Management
November 12, 2019 10:06 AM | Kelsi Evans
Join us for the webinar: ArchivesSpace and Airtable for Improved Workflow Management, Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Archival Collections Management department at New York University Libraries recently implemented the cloud software Airtable for holistic workflow management to complement its use of ArchivesSpace as its system of record for archival holdings. This webinar, presented by Weatherly Stephan (Head of Archival Collections Management, NYU Libraries) and Rachel Searcy (Accessioning Archivist, NYU Libraries), will focus on the ways in which they use Airtable in conjunction with other systems to monitor backlogs, prioritize upcoming work, communicate the status of current projects to a broad group of stakeholders, and report statistics on their accessioning, arrangement and description, and other collections management activities. Register and learn more here.
SCA Newsletter - California State Library to Launch New Oral History Website
November 01, 2019 12:29 PM | SCA Publications Committee
The California State Library has begun work on a new website, Voices of the Golden State. This website will feature oral histories that recount California’s rich history and heritage. In focusing on California’s history, the ever-growing collection will especially highlight the state’s diversity. Additionally, it will be a platform through which oral history programs and archives can promote their work and collections. With this announcement, we hope you’ll consider contributing interviews to the site. To provide guidance to both potential contributors and users of the site, the Library developed a Statement on Diversity. Here’s an excerpt:
As this page seeks to explore California’s rich diversity, we will strive to include interviewees of different races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, economic backgrounds, immigration status, abilities, as well as voices from all the geographic regions of the state. Because California is one of the largest economies in the world, these interviews will reveal the multitude of industries that exist in the state, and the experiences of those who have worked in these industries. Finally, the interviews will reflect the importance of civic involvement and political action in California’s history and how Californians from many backgrounds have meaningfully engaged in this work.
Information on how to contribute interviews will be available closer to the site’s launch later this fall. There will not be a limit on how many oral histories a program or archive can contribute, but submissions will be reviewed and featured on a schedule. The success of Voices of the Golden State will rely on contributing programs opening their oral history collections. We hope you’ll join us in this endeavor.
Allison K. Tracy-Taylor
Project Lead, Voices of the Golden State
California State Library
Read more from the Fall 2019 SCA Newsletter!
OpenRefine and International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Workshop
October 16, 2019 10:27 AM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The SCA Education Committee is pleased to announce the following workshop in Southern California: OpenRefine and International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), Friday, December 13th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Brown Learn Lab, Mary Norton Clapp Library, Occidental College. This 2-part workshop will introduce participants to OpenRefine in the morning session, and to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) for archival materials in the afternoon. Register and learn more here.
Summer already seems like a distant memory with the shorter days and cooler temperatures of fall upon us, but it was quite a busy time for the SCA Board and committees. Some exciting (and maybe not so exciting, but necessary) work was completed over the summer months and I would like to highlight some of that here. I’m happy to report that the SCA Task Force on Labor Issues in Archives has been fully formed with co-chairs Courtney Dean and George Thompson at the helm to work with the group on a two year project to assess the conditions of labor in the archival profession within the state of California. This task force will work to develop recommendations/guidelines surrounding best practices for labor in archives and also help to organize and facilitate discussions on labor issues amongst California archivists.
The newly formed Ethics and Inclusion committee (EIC) is also getting ready to ramp up efforts this fall. Newly appointed co-chairs, Zayda Delgado and Eva Martinez, will lead this committee in support of promoting/developing a culture that values diversity, inclusion, and ethical behavior within SCA. The first step in this process will be to bring aboard committee members, so keep an eye out for the call for volunteers if you have an interest in helping to formulate SCA initiatives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Program and Local Arrangements committees have been actively preparing for the upcoming Western Archivists Meeting, more commonly dubbed as WAM 2020. This is the joint meeting of the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) that occurs every five years. So please save the date for WAM 2020 which will be held in San Francisco, CA at The InterContinental hotel from April 21-25, 2020. As part of the early planning efforts, the Local Arrangements Committee has been hard at work researching a new online registration system for WAM 2020 as our current platform will be retired by the developer at the end of this year. After carefully reviewing the options, Cvent was selected as the successor to RegOnline and we believe this new system will provide some much needed enhancements to the registration process.
Finally, a reminder to all that October is American Archives Month where archivists throughout the country embrace the opportunity to make archives programs and the profession itself more visible to our communities. The annual #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter will be held on October 2nd this year, so join in this effort to help break down those barriers between archivists and the public. I also invite you to share any American Archives Month events that local institutions or groups are hosting with our Communications & Outreach Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) as they can help with promotion through the SCA website and our various social media channels. CA Archives are important to us all, so let’s show them some love and spread the word!
Read more from the Fall 2019 SCA Newsletter!
SCA Call For Nominations
October 10, 2019 10:06 AM | Kelsi Evans
The Society of California Archivists' Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations and self-nominations for the following positions: Vice President / President Elect (3-year term), Treasurer (2-year term), Director at Large (2-year term), Nominating Committee member (2-year term). Submit your name or the name of a colleague by completing the SCA Candidate Nominating Form: https://forms.gle/kNLd6QMHTgVcD9Az9. All nominations must be received by November 8, 2019.
2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) Call for Proposals
October 01, 2019 2:38 PM | Kelsi Evans
The Program Committee invites submissions of session proposals for the 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) to be held April 22-25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. The submission proposal form is available online at: https://forms.gle/VMA4Eg7Bwz6dj9Y26. The deadline for proposals is Monday, November 4, 2019.
Introduction to Archives Management
October 07, 2019 12:30 PM Kelsi Evans (Administrator)
The SCA Education Committee is pleased to announce the following fall workshop: Introduction to Archives Management, Tuesday, November 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento 95811, Instructor: Nancy Lenoil. Learn more and register here: https://calarchivists.org/event-3583393
Call for Members: SCA Ethics and Inclusion Committee (EIC)
October 02, 2019 4:43 PM Anonymous member (Administrator)
The newly formed Ethics and Inclusion Committee (EIC) for SCA is seeking members! We are seeking individuals to join our team as we: establish a Code of Ethics and Statement of Inclusion; develop reporting and appeals procedures for Code of Conduct violations; collaborate with other SCA committees: Program, Local Arrangements, Education committees and other associations for the 2020 Western Archivists Meeting (WAM). We seek library and archives staff from a range of archival institutions and regions. We encourage individuals from all stages in their career and job classifications to consider joining EIC. Individuals must be current members of SCA. If you are interested in joining EIC, please email the co-chairs with your name, institution/affiliation (if any), and one sentence describing your interest by Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Eva Martinez, San Francisco State University & South San Francisco Public Library: email@example.com
Zayda Delgado, Sonoma County Library: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCA Fall 2019 Newsletter
October 01, 2019 2:23 PM | Kelsi Evans
We are excited to announce the publication of the Fall 2019 SCA Newsletter! It is now online at http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter. Thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items for this issue. Another issue will be coming out this winter, so please consider submitting an article or some news about your work.
September 20, 2019 11:30 AM | Kelsi Evans
The Summer 2019 SCA Newsletter includes an update from the SCA President. Learn about the new Ethics and Inclusion committee, how SCA is taking a critical look at labor issues within the archival profession, and more.
GCA event: Livestream of SAA sessions on August 5
July 31, 2019 12:28 PM | SCA Member Initiated Events Vice Chair
Gold Country Archivists is pleased to host a livestream of the SAA conference on Monday, August 5, as an SCA Member Initiated Event. The event will take place at the Center for Sacramento History from 8:30am PST to 12:30pm PST with a break for lunch (on your own) from 10-11:15am PST. We can accommodate 40 attendees for the livestream. Please rvsp to email@example.com to secure a spot. We’ll start a wait list if needed.
SAA has indicated the following sessions will be livestreamed on August 5:
Session 601: Rarely Pure and Never Simple: Archivists, Journalists and the Search for Truth
Session 602: From Archives to Administration: Conversations on Career Transitions for Mid Career Archivists
Session 701: My Comeback Story Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Archives Profession
In advance of Monday, we'll send registered attendees a survey to vote for which sessions they'd prefer to see. We'll livestream the two sessions which receive the most votes.
Free SAA AGM Live Streams Available
July 31, 2019 12:17 PM | SCA Member Initiated Events Vice Chair
The Society of California Archivists is aware that many of our colleagues are unable to attend SAA this year due to State of California travel restrictions. Due to the unusually high number of members unable to attend the national meeting this year, SAA has provided SCA members four complimentary registrations for group viewings of the conference live stream. The live stream schedule can be viewed at this link.
If you are willing to organize a group viewing of the live stream in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Friday, August 2 with the following information:
- Name of organizer (an SCA member)
- Approximate number of participants
- Any additional funds requested, e.g. for refreshments (reimbursement will be $5 per attendee)
Proposals will be approved in the order in which they are received.
We are excited to announce the publication of the Summer 2019 SCA Newsletter! It is now online at http://www.calarchivists.org/Publications/SCANewsletter. Thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items for this issue. Another issue will be coming out this fall, so please consider submitting an article or some news about your work. A call for submissions will go out shortly.
SCA Election Results
May 14, 2019 8:51 PM | Kelsi Evans
Announcing the SCA election results:
Vice-President/President Elect: Tanya Hollis (San Francisco State University)
Secretary: Maggie Hughes (Huntington Library)
Membership: Alix Norton (UC Santa Cruz)
At-Large Board Member: Sara Seltzer (J. Paul Getty Trust)
Nominating Committee: Erin Hurley (CA Historical Society)
Thank you to everyone who ran and congratulations to the newly elected members.
SCA Spring 2019 Newsletter
April 08, 2019 9:54 AM | Kelsi Evans
We are excited to announce the publication of the Spring 2019 SCA Newsletter! It is now online HERE.
SCA is excited to announce that registration for the 2019 Annual General Meeting is now open! Join us April 24-27 at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, California for 3 days of sessions, an opening reception at the Queen Mary, and numerous opportunities to network and mingle on local tours, vendor exhibits, a zine-making workshop, and a new member happy hour. Learn more and register here.
SCA 2019 Annual General Meeting hotel reservations are available. Book your stay at the Hilton Long Beach now through March 25th to receive the special room rate. Learn more here.
SCA Statement in Support of Temporary Archivists at UCLA
November 27, 2018 10:26 PM | Kelsi Evans
The Society of California Archivists has issued a statement in support of the open letter distributed by six temporary archivists from UCLA Library Special Collections in June 2018. Read the statement here.
SCA is currently in the early stages of updating the California Directory of Archival Repositories. The final product will be an updated, online searchable database. SCA's Publications Committee has formed an ad-hoc committee to work on this project and they are diligently beginning to gather data from California archival repositories. The committee members will individually be sending institutions emails in an effort to be as thorough as possible. Please note these emails may be coming from personal emails. If your institution is contacted to update your information and you are uncertain if the email you received is from a committee member, feel free to contact the committee or email email@example.com.
SAA DAS and A&D Courses Offered at UC Irvine
September 24, 2018 2:13 PM | SCA Education Committee
The Society of American Archivists is offering a week's worth of courses in Southern California, including those that fulfill requirements for both the Digital Archives Specialist Certificate (DAS) and the Arrangement & Description (A&D) certificate programs. Courses are co-sponsored by the University of California, Irvine, and will be taught on UCI's campus from Monday, November 5, 2018 through Friday, November 9, 2018. To see the full course line up, and to register, visit the course page on the SAA website. Not an SAA member? Not to worry - SCA members have the option to register at the SAA member price.
Call for Proposals SCA 2019 AGM
September 17, 2018 9:26 AM
The Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held April 24-27, 2019 at the Hilton Long Beach in Long Beach, CA. The 2019 SCA AGM Session Proposal Form is available here. The deadline for proposals is Sunday, November 4, 2018.
We are happy to announce the publication of the Summer 2018 SCA Newsletter. A great big thank you to all those who submitted articles and news items. Another issue of the SCA Newsletter will be coming out this fall. Please consider submitting an article or some news about your work.
We are happy to announce award winners from the 2018 AGM: Jessica Tai was awarded the Mink Award and the CHRAB Archival Award of Excellence was given to Liza Posas. Congratulations!
The Spring 2018 SCA Newsletter is now available! Read it online here.
Register Now for Two Pre-AGM Workshops at Yosemite 2018
January 09, 2018
The SCA Education Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for two pre-AGM workshops at Yosemite in April 2018: "Get Hands-On: Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context" and "How to Tame your Dragon: Learning to Befriend your Backlog through Efficient Processing".
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.
Register now through October 20 for “Get Hands-On: Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context” workshop, UCLA, November 3, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Learn more here.
Sign up now through September 15 for SCA's upcoming webinar - An Archivist Walks into a Backlog: Strategies for Efficient Processing, Thursday, September 21, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Learn more and register here.
On June 14, 2017, SCA sent a letter to the Honorable Thomas Cole, Chairman of the Committee of Appropriations, United States Congress, supporting funding for NARA, NHPRC, NEH, and IMLS. Read the full letter here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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: email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information about the San Diego mini-conference, contact program chair Katie Richardson at email@example.com .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars – we hope to see you there
"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.