• September 24, 2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

  • September 23, 2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 publications@calarchivists.org by Friday, October 9th.

  • September 18, 2020 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • 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.

  • June 12, 2020 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

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