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

    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!

  • May 01, 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society of California Archivists invites proposals for individual presentations as part of our first ever mini conference in beautiful Balboa Park at the San Diego Air and Space Museum. What is a mini conference? A mini conference is a bite sized version of a full conference with a day of sessions and tours of Balboa Park’s museums and cultural arts institutions. The mini conference will take place on Friday, August 28th, with a pre-conference workshop on ArchivesSpace. The theme is digital initiatives in the archives and the program committee seeks proposals that tie in with the theme.

    The Future is Now: Digital Initiatives in the Archives
    Friday, August 28, 2015
    San Diego Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 

    Proposal Due Date: May 19, 2015

    Proposals are welcome from archivists, librarians, faculty, researchers, developers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties; we are especially interested in presentations that address:

    • Beyond CONTENTdm…what else is out there? Are you using another digital dissemination system and are interested in talking about it? Perhaps Omeka, Collective Access, CollectionSpace, Open Exhibits, Pachyderm, Islandora, or Biblioboard?
    • Are you doing something interesting with digital exhibitions? Teaching with digital collections or digital humanities? Student projects?
    • Have you processed born digital collections and are interested in talking about the process?
    • Are you using a digital preservation system like Preservica,  ArchivesDirect, or Rosetta?
    • Are you using ArchivesSpace and are interested in talking about the transition process?
    • Do you have an idea or project that you are working on that is interesting but not quite a 15 or 20 minute presentation? Submit it for our lightning round session!

    Presentation Proposals

    Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the presenter, whether or not you've presented on the topic at another conference, and an abstract of the 15-20 minute presentation or lighting round talk including keywords (<500 words). Email the proposal to Katie Richardson, program committee chair, at Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email. The proposal due date is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

  • April 28, 2015 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • April 13, 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In response to feedback from the Membership, SCA will be testing out a blog format for news, announcements and other information on our home page. At this point, new blog posts can only be added by SCA Board Members and Committee Chairs, but active members are welcome to leave comments. SCA welcomes all feedback about this new format and we look forward to hearing from you!

  • April 13, 2015 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Grab your favorite hot beverage and take some time to catch up on all the activities of your colleagues around the state by reading the Spring 2015 SCA Newsletter.
  • March 16, 2015 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Registration for the 2015 Western Roundup, a joint conference of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Society of California Archivists (SCA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA), is open. Information about registration, hotel room rates, workshops, tours, and more is available on the SRMA website.

  • February 02, 2015 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Grab your favorite hot beverage and take some time to catch up on all the activities of your colleagues around the state by reading the Winter 2015 SCA Newsletter.
  • December 01, 2014 6:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Society of California Archivists is excited to announce the creation of the SCA Speakers Bureau. We are looking for SCA members willing to go and speak to groups about our profession to encourage public interest in and support for archival facilities. Click here for further information on how to get involved!
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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.

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