ACA – In Memory of Dr. Ian Bruce Turner


Dr. Ian Bruce Turner

Dr. Ian Bruce Turner, CA, age 70, passed away August 9, 2016.   Dr. Turner was a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists’ Class of 1989, the initial group of archivists to be certified by the association.

 Since 1983, Dr. Turner had been Associate Professor of Library Sciences and Head of Archives and Special Collections at the Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his 33 years at ULL, he obtained to the rank of Professor, published over 26 articles in six different journals, curated 30 exhibits, wrote multiple grants, and participated in numerous committees. From 1998-2001, he was the recipient of the Friends of the Edith Garland Dupré Library Board of Regents Support Fund Professorship.

Besides being a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists for over 25 years, Dr. Turner was an active member of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association and the Society of Southwest Archivists, serving over the years as president, president-elect, vice president, and board and committee member for both organizations. He also chaired multiple committees for the Society of American Archivists and the Louisiana Historical Association.   

~ Lee Miller, CA


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2017 Exam Applications Now Online

The exam will be held on July 26, 2017, in Portland, OR (SAA site); Albuquerque, NM; Annapolis, MD; Chattanooga, TN; Des Moines, IA; and San Jose, CA, as well as anywhere 3 Early Bird applicants or 5 regular applicants wish to take it.

Exam Application:

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Record Number of Exam Applicants for 2016!

We are pleased to announce that the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) had a record number of exam applicants this year with 231 persons registered. ACA also provided a record number of exam locations at 20 to accommodate the demand. In an effort to make the registration process easier for the 2017 exams, ACA plans to open up registration in early August. Hurray!!

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Pay Your Annual Dues 2016/2017



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June 2016 ICA Newsletter

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Item-Writing Workshop at the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

The Academy of Certified Archivists invites members to participate in a three-hour, Item-Writing Workshop being held Thursday, August 4 at the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Participants will learn the procedures governing test development and will have the opportunity to write and review questions of their own. Questions resulting from the workshop will be reviewed by the Exam Development Committee for potential addition to the ACA item bank. The questions you create could appear on a future exam!

 This year’s item-writing workshop will focus on digital preservation policy. Workshop participants are encouraged to use the following readings for reference:

Brocks, Holger, Alfred Kranstedt, Gerald Jaschke, and Matthias Hemmje. “Modeling Context for Digital Preservation.” In Smart Information and Knowledge Management, edited by Edward Szczerbicki and  Ngoc Thanh Nguyen,  197-226. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2010. Knies, Jennie Levine and Robin C. Pike. “Catching Up: Creating a Digital Preservation Policy after the Fact.” Archival Practice 1.1 (2014):

Lavoie, Brian. “Thirteen Ways of Looking at … Digital Preservation.” D-Lib Magazine 10.7/8 (July/August 2004):

The National Archives (UK), “Digital Preservation Policies: Guidance for Archives.”

Sheldon, Madeline. “Analysis of Current Digital Preservation Policies: Archives, Libraries and Museums.” Library of Congress,

SAA DAS Curriculum Suggested Readings List, January 2016:

Registration is limited to 10 participants. There is no cost to participate. Successful completion of the workshop is valued at five (5) archival recertification credits.

 To sign up, please contact the ACA Regent for Examination Development by June 27, 2016 – Tomaro Taylor, at

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May 2016 ICA Newsletter

See May 2016 ICA Newsletter here. Please note a link to registration for the ICA conference in September and discount airfare is available.  I hope some of our members will be interested.  I think it is such a great opportunity to meet archivists from around the world.

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Houston added as a site for the August 3, 2016 Exam

We have added Houston, Texas as an exam location for the upcoming ACA Certification text on August 3, 2016. Remember that the deadline for pick your site is May 15th! To see a list of current test locations and apply for pick your site see here:


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April 2016 ICA Newsletter

See here: May 2016 ICA Newsletter

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New “Pick Your Site” Locations added for August 3rd, 2016 Exam

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Ann Arbor (MI), Denver (CO), Honolulu (HI), Little Rock (AR), New York (NY), Raleigh (NC), San Antonio (TX), Tampa (FL), and Waco (TX) have all been approved as sites for the August 3 examination.

 These newly added cities join Philadelphia (PA) and Syracuse (NY) as “Pick Your Site” locations; Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle were previously announced as pre-determined locations for the 2016 examination.  There are now 17 locations for the 2016 examination.

 With the closing of the Early Bird registration period on February 15, cities now need five candidates to qualify as “Pick Your Site” locations.  Houston and Washington (DC) have two candidates, while Albany (NY), Boise (ID), Buffalo, Charleston (SC), Davenport (IA), Kansas City, Montgomery (AL), New Orleans, Sacramento, St. Louis, Tucson, and Ventura/Thousand Oaks (CA) each have one.

 The deadline for applying for the examination is May 15.

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