October is the month our profession embraces the opportunity to raise awareness and visibility of archives programs and repositories throughout the country and the state in an outreach effort known as "Archives Month." In California, SCA works with the California State Archives and NARA-San Francisco to produce a poster to promote and celebrate our collections. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Community Connections,” and we’d like to thank everyone who submitted images for consideration. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s poster, we were able to select multiple images and designed seven individual posters this year. The posters are now available on the CSA Archives Month website so make sure to download and print one or two (or all seven!) for your repository: https://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/public-events/archives-month
And a reminder that this year October 13 has been designated as #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter. Make sure to engage with your Twitter account and create or join a conversation with your community on this day to help break down perceived barriers between archivists and the public. If you are posting on general archives activities this month, please consider using #CalArchivesMonth2021. And for activities that are specific to this year's theme, use #ArchivesConnectCommunities.
Finally, if there are any Archives Month events that you are involved with, reach out to SCA’s Communication and Outreach Committee to further promote them through the SCA website calendar and social media platforms.
Happy Archives Month,
SCA Communications and Outreach Committee
Veronica Lara and Steve Kutay, Co-Chairs