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  • July 01, 2015 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Come a day early for the pre-conference workshop:

    Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals #1624

    Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California State Library in Sacramento

    (Offered by the Society of American Archivists, sponsored by SCA)
    Instructor: Martin J. Gengenbach, Assistant Archivist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Archives

    SCA Members receive special pricing.

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


    We hope to see you there!

  • June 22, 2015 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    The mini-conference program, which will take place at the California State Archives and the California State Library, will feature plenary sessions, three concurrent sessions, and a luncheon.  The day will conclude with site tours of the California State Archives, the California State Library, and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park.   For additional information and to view the preliminary program, click here.

  • June 21, 2015 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • June 10, 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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. 

  • June 09, 2015 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please mark your calendar for this Member-Initiated Event on interview techniques and professional networking!


    More Prep, Less Panic: Mock Interviews with Real Professionals!

    Join the Los Angeles Archivists Collective and LA as Subject for More Prep, Less Panic, a speed mock interviewing and networking event on Wednesday, June 10th from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM at the Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240).

    Open to archives students, new professionals looking for a job, or for anyone interested in practicing their interviewing skills. Similar to speed dating, More Prep, Less Panic will provide an opportunity to practice interviewing techniques with experienced professionals in an informal, no-pressure learning environment. The event will also include networking opportunities and light refreshments will be provided.

    Participants will interview and rotate with a professional every five minutes, receiving valuable feedback on how to present oneself in a face-to-face interview.  

    Please wear professional attire and bring plenty of copies of your resume! 

    Professionals participating in the event

    Jackie Dooley, OCLC Program Officer (former SAA president)

    Megan Fraser, UCLA, Head of Processing Projects/Co-Head of Collection Management

    Mahnaz Ghaznavi, UCLA Faculty

    Ellen Jarosz, CSUN, Head of Special Collections (current SCA president)

    ...and more to be announced!

    Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 | 6pm-8pm

    Location: Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall (DML 240) 

    Doheny Memorial Library, USC

    Parking: USC Parking Structure X (PSX), Gate 3, off McCarthy Way and Figueroa

    Cost: Free

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

    For questions, email   

  • June 01, 2015 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come to Another Member-Initiated Event!

    UCSF will be hosting a Bay Area Member-Initiated Event this Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

    Come to mingle with other Bay Area archivists and get a chance to see the new exhibits at the UCSF Library: Many Faces, One UCSF - celebrating the 150th anniversary and the history, science, and art of ocular prosthetics. 

    There will also be a presentation by Sherri Berger at the California Digital Library about the new Calisphere redesign, learn more about this great resource and bring your questions!

    Directions to the Library are at

    Light but yummy refreshments will be served.

    RSVP at 



  • May 30, 2015 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

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

  • May 19, 2015 11:38 AM | Anonymous member

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

    SCA is sponsoring these gatherings under its Member Initiated Events program, and each has a regional organizing committee.  With our AGM out of state at the Denver Western Roundup this year, these small conferences will provide great in-state programming and training opportunities for our members -- at minimal cost!

    Stay tuned on the West Arch listserv and here for further details.

    For more information about the Sacramento mini-conference, co-sponsored by the Gold Country Archivists, please send an email to

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

  • May 19, 2015 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Western Round-Up is just around the corner! Since we are out of town this year, the SCA will not hold its usual Silent Auction, which is our major fundraiser.

    In advance of the meeting, we wanted to remind members to consider donating to the James V. Mink Scholarship Fund, which was created to ensure that new generations of archivists will have the opportunity to attend an Annual General Meeting and a pre-conference workshop.

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

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

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

  • May 14, 2015 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Gold Country Archivists (GCA), an informal organization for archivists in the Sacramento region, are excited to announce that they will be co-sponsoring a two day “mini-conference” with the Society of California Archivists (SCA) this summer.  The mini-conference, an SCA Member-Initiated Event, will take place in Sacramento from August 27-28, 2015, and will consist of a pre-conference workshop on Thursday and a day-long conference on Friday.

    The pre-conference workshop, Digital Forensics for Archivists: Fundamentals, is a Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist foundational course. More information about the course is available here:

    SCA members receive special pricing for the workshop!

     The mini-conference program, which will take place at the California State Archives and the California State Library, will feature plenary sessions, three concurrent sessions, and a luncheon.  The day will conclude with site tours of the California State Archives, the California State Library, and the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park.  The conference program will be announced in June.

    For more information about the Gold Country Archivists or the mini-conference, please send an email to

    Mark your calendars – we hope to see you there!

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Report of the Strategic Planning Task Force

Thank you SCA members who filled out our Strategic Planning survey in November 2012.  The results of the survey and the Task Force's recommendations on SCA priorities were presented at our AGM in April 2013.  The report itself can be read from the Strategic Planning Task Force page.

Preserving Your History brochure series

Do your patrons want information on how to care for their own materials, and do family and neighborhood history?  Check out SCA's Preserving Your History brochure series. These guides will help you to care for your photographs and family history documents, and give you useful “how to” advice on conducting an oral history or a neighborhood history.  Now available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Upcoming events

August 27, 2015 9:00 AM • San Diego Air & Space Museum
August 28, 2015 8:30 AM • San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, California
August 28, 2015 9:00 AM • Sacramento, California (California State Archives & California State Library)

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