Seattle Area Archivists will co-host SAA Appraisal of Electronic Records course in October

The Society of American Archivists will offer the Appraisal of Electronic Records course in Seattle on Friday, October 21st. This all-day course will be in downtown Seattle.

Seattle Area Archivists is happy to be co-hosting with SAA. SeaAA members who take the course will be eligible to receive a $25 rebate.

This course is part of SAA’s Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) Curriculum and Certificate Program, and offers continuing education credits upon completion.  For course information and registration links, please click here

We would like to see many people attend this local event!


Upcoming Archives Workshops in Seattle

Please join us for one of three pre-conference workshop at the Western Round up in Seattle! Sign up today. Remember that the early bird deadline for conference registration ends on March 31st!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

When Disaster Strikes: Emergency Preparedness & Response

The workshop will assist participants in understanding key steps in disaster preparedness and develop tools and techniques and provide opportunities to create a basic plan and to receive feedback. The workshop focuses on critical skills such as insurance, risk assessment / prevention, working with emergency recovery services, training staff, and testing disaster plans.

Presented by: Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator for the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and Gary Menges, Preservation Administrator at the University of Washington Libraries

Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: $50.00


Attendance is limited to 30

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c

Grant Writing

This practical workshop reviews various types of state, federal, and private foundation grants that have the potential to support the archival enterprise and provides information about researching and writing grant proposals. Topics include types of grants and grant funders, fundamentals of effective grant proposal writing, creating realistic budgets, the grant review process, and funding resources.

Presented by: Daniel Stokes, Director for State Programs at the NHPRC, overseeing the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) grants program.

Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: $50.00

Attendance is limited to 25

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c


Implementing “More Product, Less Process”

Backlogs don’t have to weigh as heavily as they do! Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, “More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing,” and learn as you share information and experiences with your fellow workshop participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks.

Presented by: Jennifer Meehan, Accessioning Archivist, at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Time: Full day, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Lunch on your own)

Cost: SAA Members: $185 / $235

Nonmembers with WR discount $210 / $260

SAA Student Members: $95.50 / $117.50

Nonmember Student: $117.50 / $142.50

Please note that this is an Society of American Archivists workshop so you must register for it on the SAA website. Click here for more information.

Attendance is limited to 35

Archival Recertification Credits: 5, section B.3.c

Mark Your Calendar: Some Important Upcoming Dates

February 9: Deadline to submit materials to be included in the forthcoming issue of the Seattle Area Archivists newsletter.  See this previous post for more details.

February 12: Deadline for proposals for student presentations for our upcoming winter membership meeting.  See this previous post for info.

March 1: Deadline for applications for the Northwest Archivists At-Large Student Scholarship and the Professional Development Scholarship.  (Great timing: These scholarships can help you attend the Western Roundup 2010 meeting–including pre-conference workshops–being held in Seattle at the end of April!)

March 31:  Speaking of the Western Roundup 2010 meeting, this is the last day for Early Bird Registration

April 6: And this is the last day to reserve a room at the conference hotel for the Western Roundup 2010 meeting

From the inbox…2010 Doctoral Fellowships in Archival Studies

This just in via Seattle Area Archivists Inbox:

2010 Doctoral Fellowships in Archival Studies
Deadline for Application: January 4, 2010

About the Fellowship

Doctoral Fellowships are currently available through a new eight-campus initiative for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers as educators and scholars in the field of Archival Studies and who would be entering a doctoral program in Fall 2010.

The Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) Fellowships are aimed at strengthening doctoral-level education in Archival Studies, building the cohort of archival educators and increasing its diversity, and promoting a broad base of rigorous archival scholarship.

Before applying for the Fellowship, applicants are encouraged to review the scope of the eight participating programs and to consider applying only to those that best match their personal intellectual interests. To learn further information about the participating institutions and their specializations in Archival Studies, including links to their program’s homepage, visit


The Doctoral Fellowships are open to all citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who exhibit interest in the field of Archival Studies, broadly defined, and evidence of the ability to excel as a scholar and educator in the field. Applications are particularly encouraged from individuals who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander heritage.

Applicants need not have received a master’s degree in an Archival Studies, LIS or other field, unless that is required by any of the participating programs to which they are applying. However, applications will be ranked based on evidence of the applicant’s commitment to Archival Studies education, potential to make a strong scholarly contribution to the field of Archival Studies, and commitment to diversity within Archival Studies education and scholarship. Visit to learn about the scholarship from the 2009 AERI that represents diverse perspectives from students and practitioners in this field.

For more info on Award Terms and Application Process, please visit

Ellen-Rae Cachola
AERI Project Manager, Center for Information as Evidence
Doctoral Student, UCLA Department of Information Studies
GSE&IS Building, Rm # 208A
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
Archive Education and Research Institute:
Center for Information as Evidence: