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  • 14 Jun 2017 1:12 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    A revised version of the DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) principles are now available, and the Technical Subcommittee is currently looking for feedback! Deadline to submit comments is July 1. 

    To make comments on the revised principles, they are suggesting the following methods: 

    "There are two ways to send feedback -- as a group (this is the method we encourage), or as an individual.

    As a group:

    1. Find your community. This may be the people you work with, or it may be archivists in your town or city whom you enjoy sharing ideas with. Perhaps you could do this as a Skype call with your former classmates, or twitter archivists could find a time to come together. You may choose to lead a group at a local, regional, or national conference. We want to hear from as many people as possible!
    2. Find a discussion group leader, and make sure that this leader takes time to think about how to facilitate a productive and inclusive conversation. Use our facilitators’ guide to help prepare.
    3. Have an awesome discussion, keep notes, and use our discussion guide to keep on track.
    4. Tell us what you think! Use our feedback form to report back about what your group discussed.

    As an individual:

    1. Do the reading. It may be helpful to read not only the proposed DACS principles, but also the current ones. We’ve also included a list of articles that we consulted during the revision process.
    2. Do some thinking. In particular, think about this from the point of view of the people who use your archives. How would principled description, in accordance with this text, improve their experience? Are there any ways that they would produce a diminished experience?
    3. Tell us what you think! Use our feedback form to let us know what you think works about the revised DACS principles and what could use more thought.

    We look forward to receiving your feedback by July 1, 2017." 

  • 30 May 2017 1:33 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    Hello conference attendees,

    Thanks for making last week's joint conference such a success! We hope you will spend a few moments taking this survey as it will provide us with valuable feedback about the meeting. We look forward to knowing what we did right and what we could improve on in future meetings. 

    CIMA/NWA 2017 Joint Meeting Survey

    Please respond by June 9. 

    Thank you,

    CIMA/NWA Program Committee

    CIMA/NWA Local Arrangements Committee

  • 03 May 2017 12:05 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The online shop where you can purchase NWA 40th Anniversary swag is now live! Includes a rad t-shirt, tote bag, and even a set of golf balls, all featuring the anniversary logo. Show up to the 40th parties at CIMA/NWA 2017 and SAA 2017 in style- or is that the equivalent of wearing a t-shirt of the band you're seeing at a concert? Oh well! Who cares?!

  • 26 Apr 2017 1:37 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Programming Committee would like to determine which of our meeting sessions will require larger rooms based on expected attendance. Please help us out by filling out this quick survey of the sessions you plan to attend. Here's a link to the program if you need further information to decide on a session:

    Take the survey at:

  • 17 Mar 2017 9:57 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Northwest Archivists Executive Board seeks to gather membership feedback regarding our professional development and continuing education offerings. Each year only a handful of members apply for NWA’s $6,000 in awards and scholarships. The Board is therefore interested in realigning its professional development activities to better target member priorities and interests and to alleviate the barriers to applying.

    Please provide feedback through this quick survey:

    Thank you for your participation. Your feedback is extremely valuable.


    Northwest Archivists Executive Board

  • 16 Mar 2017 2:04 PM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    NWA needs YOU! 

    The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer, and the State Representatives for Alaska and Washington.  Please consider running for a position on the NWA Board!

    • Are you interested in helping to set the direction of NWA?  Gain leadership experience?  Serve your professional organization? 
    • Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the NWA Board? 

    Now’s the time to nominate yourself or a colleague!   Don’t be shy – the nomination form is anonymous, and easy. Nominate through the online form at  Nominations are due by March 26.

    Here are the descriptions and requirements for the open positions:

    Requirement:  All candidates must be NWA members in good standing and may not be current Nominating Committee members.

    The Vice-President/President-Elect serves a two-year term; the first year as the Vice-President and then assumes the role of President upon the adjournment of the annual meeting the year following their election.  The President is responsible for supervision over the NWA corporation, presiding at all meetings, and reporting on the activities of the corporation. The President also appoints committee chairs, the Membership Coordinator, and delegates not otherwise provided for in the by-laws.  Candidates should be members who have served in leadership positions within NWA or a similar organization, with familiarity with the history and issues before NWA.

    The Treasurer serves a two-year term and is responsible for managing the NWA funds and provides an annual financial report to the President and the NWA membership; attends Board meetings.

    The State Representatives serve a two-year term and serve as a part of the Executive Board and attends Board meetings. State Reps are responsible for reporting relevant news to their constituent state, serving as a liaison between the NWA Board and their state’s membership, and actively supports regional efforts pertaining to archives.

  • 15 Mar 2017 8:25 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)
    The NWA Native American Collections Roundtable Scholarship application deadline has been extended to Monday 3/20!

    The NWA Student Scholarship application deadline has also been extended to Friday 3/31!

    This is a great opportunity to help offset the costs of professional development activities, including organizational membership, conference registration, workshops, and more! Please share widely with those who qualify! 

  • 08 Mar 2017 11:23 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Northwest Archivists Education Committee and the Oregon Representative have approval from the Board to forward a program to help mitigate the costs of workshops and continuing education projects on a state-by-state basis. NWA Members are provided the opportunity to apply for this funding through the Education Committee, who will decide awards. A total of five $500 awards, one for each member state, will be awarded annually.

    Fill out the application form found here and send it to:

    Read more about how to apply and to see examples of funded projects on the NWA Continuing Education Fund webpage

  • 07 Mar 2017 8:55 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    With the adoption of the SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics (Approved by the SAA Council May 2011) and Code of Ethics for Archivists (Approved by the SAA Council February 2005; revised January 2012) there has come a need to provide examples to promote their understanding and utilization in both educational and real environments.  The Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is seeking submissions for its Case Studies in Archival Ethics series that explore the multitude of issues addressed in the Code of Values Statement and Code of Ethics.  Please consider submitting a case study covering one or more of the codes’ areas. We particularly encourage submissions from emerging professionals and authors.

    You will find the submission form at:

    Published case studies can be found at:

    General questions may be directed to Tiffany Schureman, Co-Chair of CEPC, at

  • 03 Mar 2017 8:45 AM | Crystal Rodgers (Administrator)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has a new grant opportunity and invites proposals to test and develop museum and library collaborative approaches for bringing about positive community change. Eligible entities are libraries, museums, institutions of higher education, and non-profit community organizations with experience in library, archive, or museum projects and in managing grants for community development work. Award amounts range from $25,000 to $150,000, and a one-to-one cost share is required. See the application guidelines on the IMLS website for details. Application deadline: April 3

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