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The South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) annually recognizes archival leaders in the stateThe SCAA invites nominations for the following awards: 

· South Carolina Archivist of the Year: To a current SCAA member, in recognition of extensive years of exceptional service to the profession, particularly in South Carolina, and to forwarding the mission and goals of the South Carolina Archival Association. 

 

 

· Career Achievement Award:In recognition of an extensive body of work on the preservation of historical material about South Carolina and of service to promoting their use, and generally rewarded upon retirement, relocation from South Carolina and similar events. Recipients do not have to be SCAA members. 

 

 

· Program Innovation Award:To SCAA members, based upon criteria such as, but not limited to: Creating a viable archives where none existed; publishing materials that benefit archives or archivists; establishing successful new programs such as access to collections on the web or working with community groups to promote archives. Successful efforts should be South Carolina-based. 

 

 

· Friend of the Archives Award: To an individual or organization which promotes, advocates, and/or defends archives and archival programs in South Carolina. 

 

 

· President’s Award:The President of SCAA receives an award for service to the Association at the conclusion of their presidency. 

 

To nominate a group or individual visit: http://scarchivists.org/index.php/awards 

 

The deadline for awards nominations is September 1, 2020.

The REALM Project has released the results of the first round of Battelle's laboratory testing for COVID-19 on commonly circulated library materials. The five materials tested in this round included a hardback book cover (buckram cloth), paperback book cover, plain paper pages inside a book, plastic protective book covering, and a DVD case.  The results can be found at https://www.oclc.org/en/news/releases/2020/20200622-coronavirus-undetectable-after-3-days.html

The Project has also released "Systematic Literature Review of SARS-CoV-2: Spread, Environmental Attenuation, Prevention, and Decontamination," prepared by Battelle. It can be found at https://www.webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/realm/systematic-lit-review.pdf

The REALM Project has released the results of the first round of Battelle's laboratory testing for COVID-19 on commonly circulated library materials. The five materials tested in this round included a hardback book cover (buckram cloth), paperback book cover, plain paper pages inside a book, plastic protective book covering, and a DVD case. The results can be found at https://www.oclc.org/en/news/releases/2020/20200622-coronavirus-undetectable-after-3-days.html.

The Project has also released "Systematic Literature Review of SARS-CoV-2: Spread, Environmental Attenuation, Prevention, and Decontamination," prepared by Battelle. See https://www.webjunction.org/content/dam/WebJunction/Documents/webJunction/realm/systematic-lit-review.pdf.

This year's conference has been moved online due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no overarching theme for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. The SCAA Board of Directors, serving as this year’s Program Committee, welcomes proposals for presentations or sessions combining two or three presentations that will translate well to a virtual format.

Presentations or sessions can focus on a wide range of topics of interest to archivists at all levels and in all institutions, including (but not limited to):

• Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in archival education and training

• Advocacy, diversity, and inclusion in collections

• Case studies highlighting collections or resources within collections

• Cataloguing 

• Challenges in funding, physical resources, and staffing

• Collection development during COVID-19

• Conservation

• Creating finding aids and similar resources for patrons

• Innovative strategies for outreach and community partnerships

• Making our collections accessible to a wider range of patrons and constituencies

• Methodology(ies) for creating and sustaining records management policies that work

• Opportunities and obstacles in digitizing traditional resources

• Opportunities and obstacles in managing born-digital resources

• Raising awareness of and promoting collections through events, exhibits, and publications

Presentations may also take several formats, including:

• Individual presentation (45 minute session)

• Lightning rounds (45 or 60 minute session; shorter, individual presentations grouped together) 

• Group presentation (45 minute session; one presentation with multiple speakers)

• Discussion (45 or 60 minute session; one or more panelists lead a discussion)

• Poster presentation

The Board of Directors will review proposals and select those best suited to a virtual meeting that will be of interest and value to our wide range of members. 

NOTE: Please limit your proposal to 250 words maximum.

The number and format of sessions will be determined in part by the proposals but also by the platform(s) and technological requirements available to the SCAA for hosting a virtual meeting.

The Board invites SCAA members and others interested in archives who wish to submit proposals to do so by August 15, 2020. Please use the form that can be found here: https://forms.gle/k6w4v9pzUXKHRAh7A.

 

Today the SCAA Board unanimously approved the following statement:

SCAA Statement on Racism and Recent Events

First and foremost, the South Carolina Archival Association affirms that Black Lives Matter. 

We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the countless other Black lives lost at the hands of white supremacy and police brutality. We condemn systemic racism that permeates through our society, police violence and abuse of power against protestors and historically against Black lives, and we stand with those demanding an end to systemic racism in South Carolina, the United States, and the world. 

With the arrival of enslaved Africans in 1671, white supremacy and violence against people of color became foundations of our state’s history. South Carolina’s secession, the lynching of Willie Earle, the Orangeburg Massacre, the murder of Walter Scott, and the present-day mass incarceration of people of color, among countless other injustices, demonstrate South Carolina’s role in systemic racism.

We, the South Carolina Archival Association, will actively work against white supremacy in the archives, the archival profession, and our communities. Archives and archivists have not ever been neutral. For too long, archivists have been complicit in silencing Black voices in both the historical record and the archival profession. We urge white archivists to acknowledge their privilege, to commit themselves to anti-racist practice, and to create systemic change within the profession as a whole. We must amplify Black voices, in the historical record, in the profession, and in our communities. 

If we are to dismantle white supremacy in the archives, we must work towards anti-racism in all aspects of our work, including collecting, appraisal, description, access, education, and outreach. The SCAA commits to making this work a permanent, central focus of our organization moving forward. In early July, the Executive Board will meet to discuss short-term and long-term actions the organization can take to dismantle white supremacy through a commitment to anti-racist work. We welcome and encourage member input as we take these important steps. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact SCAA President Jim Cross at jcross@clemson.edu.

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