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Archives In Context

Society of American Archivists

Archives in Context is a podcast about archives and the people behind them. Cosponsored by the Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the podcast is hosted by Bethany Anderson, Chris Burns, Ashley Levine, Nicole Milano, Colleen McFarland Rademaker, and Anna Trammell.
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As president of the Society of American Archivists from 2014 to 2015, Kathleen D. Roe called upon archivists to expand their advocacy efforts by demonstrating how “archives change lives.” In this episode, Kathleen, who recently retired from the New York State Archives as director of Archives and Records Management, reflects on writing her new book for SAA’s Archival Fundamentals Series III, Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists, and the importance of advocacy for archives and archivists. She also shares her most successful advocacy effort and advice for archivists who wish to engage in advocacy work in their own contexts.

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Advocacy and awareness are essential activities that underpin the work of the archives profession, helping archivists communicate the value and relevance of our work to administrators and the general public. In Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists, volume three in SAA’s Archival Fundamentals Series III, Kathleen D. Roe draws on her extensive experience to walk new and experienced archivists through basic principles and practices of advocating for and creating awareness of archives. Available at the Society of American Archivists.

Check out advocacy courses taught by Kathleen in the SAA Education program.

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The Society of American Archivists has a remarkably robust publications program. Providing continuity behind-the-scenes is the director of publishing Teresa Brinati, who gives a guided tour of the wide-ranging program and invites archivists of all experience levels to imagine themselves as authors and to find their place within SAA’s suite of digital and print publications. She also divulges what she, as a non-archivist, appreciates most about the archival profession and the archivists she has encountered during her lengthy career with SAA.

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Teresa has shared successful strategies and experiences from SAA with the association industry in a number of articles, including “Remote Possibilities: Telecommuting Is Gaining Momentum” (Oct 2019), “The Business of Memory Keeping” (Aug 2018), “Getting the Most Out of #GivingTuesday” (Mar 2018), “By the Numbers: Disrupting Membership Programs” (Aug 2017), and “Annual Meeting-Palooza: Rock Your Publications and Make Your Authors Feel Like Rock Stars” (June 2017) in FORUM Magazine. She has also presented “A Hybrid Approach to Open Access Publishing” at the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 45th Annual Conference (Feb 2017) and highlights archivists in SAA’s Archival Outlook, as in the May/June 2016 article “The Music Man: Peter Balestrieri’s Journey from Punk Rock Band to Special Collections.”

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What values do you hold dear as an archivist and why? In this episode, Christine Weideman, director of manuscripts and archives at Yale University Library, and Mary Caldera, head of arrangement and description at Yale University Library, talk about their new book, Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene. Both Mary and Chris reflect upon the values that animate their work and ways in which archivists can engage with foundational principles of the profession.

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In Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A Greene, twenty-three archivists honor the late SAA Felllow and past president Mark A. Greene by offering a variety of perspectives on the Core Values of the Society of American Archivists and their relevance today. These essays clearly demonstrate how core values empower archivists’ interactions with resource providers, legislators, donors, patrons, and the public. For anyone who wishes to engage in thinking about what archivists do and why, Archival Values is essential reading. The book is available from the Society of American Archivists.

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SAA Fellow Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamental Series III and former director of the Archives/Public History Program at New York University, kicks off the second season of Archives in Context. Peter discusses his path to archival work and the ways that teaching changed his understanding of archival practice. He also reveals the process behind reimagining the Archives Fundamental Series and what archivists can expect from the seven new volumes.

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The seven-volume Archival Fundamental Series III published by the Society of American Archivists, provides a gateway to contemporary archival best practices. Whether a student, new professional, seasoned archival veteran, or in the information science and public history fields, you’ll find the books in this series accessible, stimulating, and indispensable to your daily work. In addition to editing the series, Peter is the author of Volume 7: Introducing Archives and Manuscripts, forthcoming 2021. In the meantime, check out his other SAA books, Waldo Gifford Leland and the Origins of the American Archival Profession andPrivacy & Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists & Archival Records or his award-winning American Archivist essay, “Going Postal.”

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Anthony Cocciolo, dean of the Pratt Institute School of Information, speaks about his award-winning book, Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists. He discusses his inspiration for the book and explains how his recommendations can be realized even in small archival programs. He also shares his thoughts on archival outreach for audiovisual and other archival collections.

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Most archivists encounter and most archives contain some form of moving image and sound material. This book offers practical guidance on how to preserve and make accessible the moving image and sound record, from the most relevant legacy formats to born-digital formats. Cocciolo won the SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award for best publication in 2017 and the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference in 2018. The book is available from the Society of American Archivists.

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an archival consultant? Margot Note, founder and principal of Margot Note Consulting, shares with us her journey into consulting work and her experiences working in nontraditional archival settings. In her new book with SAA, Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations, Margot shares tips for effectively explaining an archivist’s work and archival principles to the public.

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Family history is important. But who’s in charge of saving all of the photos, videos, aged documents and cherished papers? They need a better home than a cardboard box. Creating Family Archives is written by an archivist for your family, taking them step-by-step through the process of preserving the stuff of their own history.

Gift this book to family and friends! Pre-order your copy today from the Society of American Archivists.

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