Friday, August 26, 2011

LACCHA 2011 Business Meeting: Proposed Changes to 2010 Meeting Minutes

Posted on behalf of Michelle Gachette

I hope everyone is doing well. I am sending my suggestions for changes to the meeting minutes via the listserv, because I have been experiencing technical problems with posting to the LACCHA blog.

Below I give the present statement, and then with a yellow highlighter are my proposed suggestions.

Thanks for reading, for your time, and consideration,
Respectfully,
Michelle

LACCHA
SAA Roundtable Meeting III
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
3:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.
Annual Meeting

Section 1:
“…The service Family Search offers is focused primarily on the preservation of diverse genealogical resources and is offered free of charge to cooperating partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

My suggestion is to remove the word “offers,” and to add one apostrophe, and commas:

…….. Law gave an overview of his organization’s work in the region, which includes the microfilming and digitization of organizational and governmental records. The service, Family Search, offers is focused primarily on the preservation of diverse genealogical resources, and is offered free of charge to cooperating partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Section 2:
“…He also encouraged the membership to participate in LACCHA vis-à-vis the blog, the website, the newsletter, volunteering, etc., as a way of making the mark on the future of the roundtable.”

My suggestion is to change the word “the” to either “their” or “a” for flow:

….He also encouraged the membership to participate in LACCHA vis-à-vis the blog, the website, the newsletter, volunteering, etc., as a way of making a {or their} mark on the future of the roundtable.


Section 4 Reports:
a. Mario Estorino, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami: Diversity Committee

• “Suggested that we consider putting nominating someone for SAA Council.”

My suggestion would be to remove the word “putting” to read easier:

Suggested that we consider putting nominating someone for SAA Council.


b. Deborra Richardson, Chair and Curator, Archives Center, National Museum of American History: SAA Council Member and Roundtable Liaison
• “Council approved best practices for employees working with researchers with disabilities.”

My suggestion would be to include that Council also approved best practices for archival employees with physical disabilities:
Here are my sources, for further review: http://www2.archivists.org/standards/best-practices-for-working-with-archives-employees-with-physical-disabilities

And

http://www2.archivists.org/groups/amrtrmrt-working-group-on-accessibility/best-practices-for-working-with-archives-researchers-with-physical-disabilities

Council approved best practices for working with archival employees and archival researchers with physical disabilities.

• Noted that the Council is voting on a number of issues on Saturday. These include: an increase in dues, membership notification and whether members have a right to be fellows.

My suggestion would be to add that Council was reviewing the policy that only membership present at annual meetings get to vote on key issues, and also the eligibility of certain members to become SAA Fellows (i.e. foreign associate members).

Here is my source: http://www2.archivists.org/news/2011/call-for-member-comment-on-draft-constitutional-amendments-to-voting-methods

And
http://www2.archivists.org/news/2010/council-adopts-fiscal-year-2011-budget
(see the section on foreign associates eligibility)


Noted that the Council is voting on a number of issues on Saturday. These include: an increase in dues, membership voting methods and who is eligible in the membership to be SAA Fellows.


c. Michelle Gachette, Harvard University Archives: Liaison to Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable.
• “Ms. Wells passed away days before a critically acclaimed exhibit that she curated was displayed in São Paulo, Brazil. The photo exhibit titled “I Have a Dream: From King to Obama” featured photographs of the US Civil Rights Movement and was the result of a partnership with the São Paulo Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General, the Exposure Group, an African American photographers association, and the Afro Brazil Museum. Ms. Wells was honored posthumously for her work. “

I have a special request to add some information that I had to clarify with other sources. I am sorry for any inconvenience. The reason why I feel so strongly about honoring Ms. Wells, as the former AAC roundtable co-chair, and one of the early founders of the AAC roundtable, is to that her passion to celebrate the common history and bond that Brazilians and North Americans of African descent in the United States, (and also globally) possess, is a sentiment of unity that I feel reflects the mission behind our archival activities, and the foundational relationship between the AAC and LACCHA roundtables.

Ms. Wells passed away days before a critically acclaimed photo exhibit, that she co-curated with Emanoel Araujo, director of the Museu Afro Brasil, was displayed in São Paulo, Brazil. The photo exhibit title, translated from the Portuguese language to English, was “I Have a Dream: From King to Obama - The Dark Saga of the North.” The photo exhibit was also known as “U.S. Civil Rights Struggles and Achievements: From King to Obama.” Nearly 100 photographs featured noteworthy political, social, and economic accomplishments of African-Americans from the era known for the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the last 40 years to the present day. The exhibition opened on São Paulo’s National Black Awareness Day (Dia da Consciência Negra), a Brazilian national holiday, on November 20, 2009. The show was part of a full schedule of complementary programs including lectures by U.S. and Brazilian scholars, workshops, and a photo exhibit by Brazilian photographers. The juried exhibition was the result of a partnership that joined the São Paulo Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General, of the U.S. State Department; the Exposure Group, an African-American photographers association based in Washington, D.C., and contributors to the photo exhibit; and the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo. Ms. Wells was honored posthumously for her work.

d. Mary Jo Pugh, Editor, American Archivist (AA)

My only suggestion here is to italicize the title American Archivist and anywhere the initials are included.

Thanks for reading and for considering my suggestions.

Afterwards, I second the motion to accept the minutes, after Marisol.

My liaison reports will follow shortly.

Best wishes,
Michelle

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2011 LACCHA Business Meeting - Volunteer and Liaison Reports

LACCHA has a stellar group of volunteers and liaisons who work on our fabulous newsletter, "Memoria", manage our our website, serve on SAA's Diversity Committee, and share with us news from other roundtables and archival organizations. They are:

Silvia Mejia - liaison to SALAM
Susan Laura Lugo - liaison for IFLA-LAC
Bert Lyons - liaison to ICA and newsletter editor
Michelle Gachette - LACCHA's standing representative on SAA's Diversity Committee with back up from Maria Estorino
Laura Buchholz - LACCHA Webmistress
Aaisha Haykal - AAC liaison
John Aarons - CARBICA liaison
Marisol Ramos - liaison to the Cultural Property Working Group
Lorraine Nero - liaison to ACURIL

We invite our volunteers and liaisons to share with us news of interesting projects, discussions, and accomplishments.

2011 LACCHA Business Meeting - 2011 Electronic Voting Results

As noted on the listserv recently, Silvia Mejia was voted in by the majority of the membership as the roundtable’s new Jr. Co-Chair. Silvia will join Mario H. Ramírez, who will assume the post of Sr. Co-Chair this year. We thank all of you for your enthusiastic participation in this year’s elections and look forward to a productive year with Mario and Silvia at the helm of LACCHA. Congratulations Silvia!

2011 LACCHA Business Meeting - Approval of 2010 Meeting Minutes

The proposed minutes from the 2010 LACCHA business meeting have been on the roundtable’s website and open for comment for the past year. Several of you sent in suggestions and, pending any further comments, we want to confirm the minutes as they stand.

2011 LACCHA Business Meeting - Welcome

Hello LACCHA Members and friends. We want to welcome you to our fourth blog meeting and our first online annual business meeting. In lieu of a physical meeting at SAA Chicago, we decided to nevertheless have a forum for the membership to exchange information and dialogue about this year’s past activities and what the future holds for the roundtable.

This meeting also marks the end of Senior Co-Chair Patrick Stawski’s tenure in the leadership of LACCHA, and what has been two years of hard work and great dedication. We have all been privileged to have Patrick working as our representative in SAA, and benefited from his wisdom and humor. We look forward to continuing to have Patrick as our compañero in arms and to helping us keep LACCHA a vibrant and active roundtable.

**Update: since this meeting is virtual we will run it from today, Wed Aug 24, through Friday Aug 26. So if you have a minute between now and Friday please join the conversation by posting a comment.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE's) - Continued

LACCHA's co-chairs were recently notified that SAA will begin working with ALA to continue development of a statement on Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE's). Last time we posted on this issue we received quite a response from LACCHA members, so we wanted to share this with you all and suggest we set aside time at our upcoming business meeting to discuss it.

In January of 2010 SAA issued a letter to ALA posted by SAA President Peter Gottlieb. This letter contained many of the concerns raised by LACCHA members. The recent communications suggest that SAA and ALA have been studying similar discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which just last week posted on this very subject.

Patrick Stawski, LACCHA Co-Chair

Monday, July 12, 2010

SAA 2010 - LACCHA Preliminary Agenda

Susan and I have been busy finalizing the agenda for LACCHA's business meeting at SAA DC 2010. Please have a look at the proposed agenda and let us know what you think. We're excited to have Tim Law from Familysearch.org join us to discuss his work on digitization projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Plus we will here reports from your co-chairs & liaisons, and have the opportunity to discuss and propose LACCHA-related projects.

Hope you can join us on Wed August 11th from 3:15 to 5:15!


Patrick Stawski and Susan Lugo, LACCHA Co-Chairs

Friday, March 26, 2010

FOR REVIEW/COMMENT BY APRIL 4TH! SAA Draft Statement on Diversity

SAA Council has drafted a statement on achieving diversity and has forwarded it to LACCHA for review and comment by all roundtable members.


See: http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/laccha/pdfs/diversity.pdf .


SAA Council recognizes that the draft statement is one way to guide its diversity efforts, and is striving for a clear, simple explanation to help Council, SAA leaders, SAA members, and other archivists and allied professionals to clarify what is meant by diversity in our organization.



The attached document provides SAA's Equal Opportunity policy as context for the draft statement. Co-Chair Patrick Stawski and I are asking for your input on this important issue no later than April 4th so that we may summarize the comments and submit them to Council President Peter Gottlieb by the following day.



Please weigh in with your thoughts and concerns by posting a reply to the LACCHA blog at http://www.laccha.blogger.com/ or replying to the listserv. We look forward to hearing from you!



Thanks for making the most of this opportunity to contribute to the dialogue,

Susan Lugo and Patrick Stawski

LACCHA Co-Chairs