Eighteen locations around the United States will host the August 19 Certified Archivists examination.

Atlanta – Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Austin – University of Texas at Austin
Baton Rouge – Louisiana State Archives
Boise – Idaho State Archives
Buffalo – Buffalo State College
Chicago – Dominican University
Cleveland – Cleveland Convention Center
Dayton – University of Dayton
Helena – Montana Historical Society
Honolulu – University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Jacksonville – University of North Florida
Kansas City – National World War I Museum
Little Rock – Arkansas Studies Institute
Los Angeles – Chapman University
New York – Museum of Jewish Heritage
Philadelphia – Temple University
Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History
Washington – National Archives & Records Administration (College Park)

This is the first time the examination has been offered in Boise, Helena and Jacksonville.  It is the 18th time it has been offered in both Philadelphia and Washington, the 16th time it has been offered in Atlanta and New York, the 14th time it has been offered in Chicago, and the 10th time it has been offered in Austin.

ACA would like to thank all of the members who helped secure the sites, as well as the administrators of the sites for their support of archival certification through the use of their facilities for this examination.

Volunteers Needed- NAGARA/COSA joint meeting, July 22-25, 2015 in Austin, TX

The Academy of Certified Archivists is looking for volunteers to staff the vendor exhibit at the NAGARA/COSA joint meeting, July 22-25, 2015 in Austin, TX.

Volunteers will staff the ACA display near the registration desk. The primary responsibility will be to distribute ACA brochures and discuss your experiences in the Academy with interested attendees. It’s also a fun opportunity to network with colleagues and students.

One or more volunteers are needed to set-up and break down and return the display. The exhibit dates will be Thursday July 23rd and Friday July 24th.

And don’t forget: volunteering for the ACA display counts as points toward your next recertification!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact ACA Regent for Outreach Elizabeth Scott at outreach@certifiedarchivists.org or sign up via this Google Doc.

Academy of Certified Archivists’ Item-Writing Workshop- SAA Cleveland

Are you an ACA member? Are you attending the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in Cleveland, OH? (Did you answer YES to both of these questions?) Consider registering for the Academy of Certified Archivists’ Item-Writing Workshop. Workshop participants will write and review questions that could appear on a future exam! Participants also will learn about the procedures governing ACA’s examination development.

This year’s workshop will focus on digital preservation. The following texts will be used:

·         The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, NASA. Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS), Recommended Practice Issue 2. http://public.ccsds.org/publications/archive/650x0m2.pdf
·         Corrado, Edward M. and Heather Lea Moulaison. Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museum. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.
·         The International Journal of Digital Curation: http://www.ijdc.net/

Although there is no cost to participate, participants may wish to purchase or print the materials being used for the workshop.

Registration is limited to 10 participants.  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 July 17, 2015 –  Tomaro Taylor, C.A., at tomaro@usf.edu.

Event: Academy of Certified Archivists’ Annual Item-Writing Workshop
Day and Time: Thursday, August 20, 2015 / 1:45 – 4:45 PM
Location: Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
Additional Information & Registration: Tomaro Taylor, C.A., tomaro@usf.edu

The Academy of Certified Archivists Newly-elected Officers for 2015-16

Louis E. Jones, Ph.D., CA, Field Archivist for the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University, has been elected ACA Vice President/President-Elect. Emily Hughes Dominick, CA, Technical Services Archivist at the University of Washington Libraries’ Special Collections, has been elected to a two-year term as Secretary.  Joining them on the Academy’s Board of Regents will be Marcus Robyns, CA, Professor and University Archivist at Northern Michigan University, who was re-elected as Regent for Exam Administration, and Tara Zachary Laver, CA, Curator of Manuscripts in the Special Collections Department at the Louisiana State University Libraries, who was elected Regent for Certification Maintenance.  Courtney Chartier, CA, Head of Research Services at the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library at Emory University, was chosen to serve on the Nominating Committee.

The new officers will assume office at the close of the Academy’s Business Meeting, which will be held Thursday, August 20, 2015, during the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting in Cleveland.  They will join Incoming President Mott Linn, CA; Treasurer Todd Welch, CA; Regent for Examination Development Tomaro Taylor, CA; Regent for Outreach Elizabeth Scott, CA; Incoming Past President/Regent for Nominations Daphne DeLeon, CA; and Incoming Nominating Committee Chair Timothy Nutt, CA.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who was willing to run and make the offer of service to the Academy, and to everyone who voted.  Thanks also to members of the Nominating Committee:  Regent for Nominations Margery Sly, CA; Christine de Catanzaro, CA (chair); and Timothy Nutt, CA.

ACA Examination Study Session

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards. Each year in August, the ACA conducts the certification examination at selected sites in the United States. For more information, please visit the ACA’s web site at http://www.certifiedarchivists.org/

This study session will discuss important archival concepts, methodologies, and literature necessary to successfully pass the certification examination. Marcus C. Robyns, Regent for Exam Administration; Tomaro Taylor, Regent for Examination Development; and Pamela Nye, Regent for Certification Maintenance, will host and moderate the session. For more information, write to examadmin@certifiedarchivists.org

This study session is for information purposes only and will not include discussion of the examination’s content or structure. Also, participation in this study session is not a guarantee of success.


2015 Universities and Research Institutions Annual Conference Deadline Approaching

Dear colleagues,

Audiovisual Archives in Universities and Research Institutions, the 2015 annual conference of the Section on University and Research Archives of the International Council on Archives, will take place in less than two months. The conference will feature over twenty presentations focusing on management, preservation, access, and use of these critically important parts of our cultural heritage and institutional histories. They present significant challenges and opportunities for archival repositories, and the conference will provide insight into how many of our colleagues are addressing these issues.

Registration is limited but space is still available. To register and learn more about the conference, please visit http://icasuv2015.web.unc.edu/