Society of American Archivists (SAA) Council Approves Diversity Statement Guidelines, Judiciary Records Issue Brief at Virtual Meeting
At its January 13 virtual meeting, the SAA Council:
- Approved guidelines for a diversity statement that will be required of all those seeking elected positions (President, Vice President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Council member, Nominating Committee member) as well as the appointed positions of American Archivist Editor, Publications Editor, and Executive Director. As noted in the support statement for this motion: “Requiring a diversity statement as part of the application process for elected positions and certain appointed positions… helps SAA, its leaders, and its members to elect or appoint candidates who are best positioned to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in SAA, the profession, and beyond. It also encourages candidates and applicants to articulate the diversity they bring to their respective positions.”
- Approved an issue brief, prepared by the Committee on Public Policy, on the issue of management of judiciary records. The SAA position states: “The Supreme Court and federal judiciary has enormous influence over the American public. However, with no laws governing the disposition, preservation, and accessibility of the papers of Supreme Court justices and other federal judges, the public often cannot consult these archives for a fuller understanding of the federal courts. SAA supports the enactment of legislation to address these gaps in the management of federal judges’ papers.” See all SAA issue briefs here
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.