SeArch Raffle for Annual Membership

SeArch is pleased to be able to sponsor three annual memberships to help members who are facing financial hardship. To enter for a chance at having your membership sponsored, please submit your name and email address below. One entry per person.

DEADLINE TO ENTER: December 23rd.
Names will be drawn December 30 and winners will be notified prior to January 2021.

Enter here:

The Archival Workers Emergency Fund Organizing Committee is pleased to share its upcoming initiatives:

Countering Crises with AWE: The AWE Fund Retrospective

Join us for a conversation about the impact of the AWE Fund and a listening session about sustaining the fund into the future.

This panel discussion, featuring members of the Archival Workers Emergency (AWE) Fund Organizing Committee, will recap the work of the fund organizers and the impact of the AWE Fund within the archival field. We invite you to contribute to the discussion with your stories of the fund’s impact and your ideas for how to evolve the fund sustainably into the future.

This event is free to register, however, through this event, we are raising money for the AWE Fund. All donations received through Eventbrite for this event will go toward supporting archival workers.

When: December 14, 4pm ET. Register here:

Winter survey

The AWE Fund organizing committee has created a second survey to benchmark the impact of COVID-19 on archival workers. Their first survey was issued in July 2020. This second anonymous survey seeks to keep a pulse on the scope and extent of the impact of COVID-19 on archival workers in the United States.

This survey will close on December 31.

To learn more and/or participate:

SeArch Call for Content:

Sound Archivist is always accepting submissions! Did you launch a new tool or service, process a new collection, learn a new skill? Do you have upcoming events or volunteer/internship opportunities? Did you attend an event and want to share thoughts or review a panel? Have anything related to our field you want to share? Do you have a great joke about archivists (or info pros in general)? We want to know about it! Pictures are welcome/encouraged. Email us:

Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting, 2021 – Call for Proposals

The Society of Southwest Archivists, in partnership with Louisiana State University, will host a virtual annual meeting May 17-21, 2021. The theme this year is Going with the Flow. As we have all faced numerous challenges over the past year, we would like to learn about barriers faced, creative solutions, and what the “new normal” looks like for your archive.

Session proposals are welcome on any subject or skill relevant to the archives or records management professions. Proposals will be evaluated on the completeness of the description, the originality of the topic, and the diversity of speakers. In addition, the Program Committee will prioritize submissions with a strong equity, diversity, & inclusion component. 

We hope that our virtual format for 2021 will make our conference more accessible for various groups, including those located outside the Southwest region. We encourage proposal submissions from non-SSA members and those located outside of the Southwest.

Find guidelines, a spreadsheet to facilitate collaborations, and the submission form on the SSA Call For Proposals page.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 18th, 2020.

Archive-NAGPRA-PNAAM Survey

Please take a few minutes to fill out this important survey regarding existing archive policies and practices related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) process and the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM).

Supported by generous funding from the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Autry Museum of the American West is collaboratively developing a “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook that focuses on the intersecting activities between the NAGPRA process and PNAAM guidelines. As a first step, we are sending this survey out to those who are or may be associated with these activities including–but not limited to–tribal groups, Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO), NAGPRA coordinators, librarians, archivists, archaeologists, and museum professionals.

The goal of this survey is to better assess the levels of preparedness different entities have when working with archive collections during the NAGPRA process.

Data from this survey will also be crucial when examining the range of existing policies, procedures, and practices that will influence the development of the “Where Repatriation Meets the Protocols” workbook, which aims to be a solid start to a “living document” that will guide entities working with archives as part of their repatriation efforts.