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  • September 23, 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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:

    • The intersection between digital asset management and archives
    • management.
    • ArchivesSpace, and how institutions have customized it for their
    • needs.
    • Crowdsourcing and community engagement in archives.
    • Archivists doing their own research.
    • Intake procedures for born-digital materials.
    • Capturing social media.
    • Serving digital collections.
    • Metadata use and reuse.
    • Linked data.
    • Archives and inclusivity.
    • Archival value.

    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!

  • September 15, 2016 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SCA's 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)
    • 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.

    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.

    Thank you,
    SCA Nominating Committee

    Ellen Jarosz, Chair
    Josh Schneider
    Tanya Hollis

  • September 14, 2016 11:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Is your repository or institution planning an event for American Archives month? If so, please let us know by posting a comment or contacting SCA at All California based events will be added to our Upcoming Events calendar and promoting on SCA's social media.
  • July 06, 2016 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SCA Summer 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.

  • June 21, 2016 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATES - Sunday, August 14 & Monday, August 15, 2016 For *ENDLESS IMAGES*: A SoCal Summer Program organized by the Visual Resources Association (VRA), Society of CA Archivists (SCA), and Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-SC)

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

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

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

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

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

    Best Western Laguna Brisas:  <>

    Hotel Laguna:  <>

    Inn at Laguna Beach:  <>

    Marriott Courtyard Irvine Spectrum:

    Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo:

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

    Links of Interest:

    Laguna College of Art + Design:

    Laguna Art Museum:

    Pageant of the Masters:

    Sherman Library & Gardens:

    Visit Laguna Beach:

    Art Libraries Society of North America:

    Society of California Archivists:

    Visual Resources Association:

    We'll see you in Laguna Beach in August!


    Maureen Burns, ImageEd Consulting

    Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Laguna College of Art + Design

  • May 31, 2016 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please come to the Society of California Pioneers SCA sponsored site visit on Thursday June 9, 2016, 4-6pm.

    It will be an open house, with a tour of the library, and a brief talk on the current exhibit: What's the Rush? - How California Became the Golden State, hosted by Pat Keats, Director of Library and Archives, the museum will be open from 10am - 5pm that day, so come early if you wish

    Light refreshments will be served during the site visit. But, also, that same evening is Presidio Twilight food trucks (5pm-9pm) will be right outside their door

    Please see the evite below for more details, rsvping (which is necessary), and a map.

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

    Hope you all can attend!

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

  • April 15, 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous member

    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.

  • April 15, 2016 8:43 AM | Anonymous member

    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

  • April 06, 2016 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    Plan to attend the OAC Contributor Meeting but worried that you won't have time for lunch? The hotel has set up a pre-order lunch option for us. Simply fill out and drop this form off at the Registration Desk by 10am Friday morning. You can pay via credit card or charge to your room.

  • March 25, 2016 2:02 PM | Anonymous member

    This year's Opening Reception will be held at Paradise Ridge Winery, located high on a hillside of the Russian River Valley Estate. We'll be there in time for sunset and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the countryside, including life-sized sculpture gardens just down the hill.  In addition to the art and sculptures that adorn the winery, in the cellar you'll find a Fountaingrove historical exhibit, which focuses on the life of winemaker Kanaye Nagasawa, who helped establish the winery in the late 1800s.  Along with plentiful hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages, there will be two wood-fired pizza ovens churning out gourmet food to accompany the wine and beer available at the cash bar.  The reception starts at 6:00, but if you are interested in walking through the estate’s sculpture gardens beforehand, the shuttle buses will run between the hotel and the winery, starting at 5:00pm.

    For more information see

    Register online for the AGM by April 1! 

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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.

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Upcoming events

October 05, 2016 12:00 PM (PDT) • UCSF Archives and Special Collections, 530 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco CA
October 05, 2016 5:00 PM (PDT) • San Jose State University, Student Union, Meeting Room 1B
October 08, 2016 10:00 AM (PDT) • California State Archives (1020 O St), California State Library (900 N St), Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd) and Sacramento Room, Central Library (828 I St), Sacramento, CA
October 15, 2016 9:00 AM (PDT) • Doheny Memorial Library, USC University Park Campus

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