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

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

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

Los Angeles has made the cut!

Los Angeles has made the cut for the August examination!

REMINDER: the deadline for pick your site is Friday, May 15, this Friday!

Here are the other cities in the running, as of this moment (when five candidates choose a city, it becomes official):

4 – Washington
3 – Atlanta, Chicago, Dayton, New York
2 – Albany, Austin, Baton Rouge, Helena (MT), San Antonio
1 – Charleston (SC), Denver, Hong Kong, Houston, Kansas City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Tulsa

Deadline for “Pick Your Site” Locations Approaching – May 15, 2015

Examination Sites for August 19th, 2015

Pending “Pick Your Site” Locations

Below are the other sites that have been petitioned for this year. We need 5 individuals to make a site destination and the deadline is May 15, 2015, sso please check below to see if there is a site that meets your needs and send a request to We have averaged 10 “Pick Your Site” administrations per exam cycle.

  • Washington DC, MA ( 4 petitions)
  • Chicago, IL (3 petitions)
  • Los Angeles, CA (3 petitions)
  • Albany, NY (2 petitions)
  • Atlanta, GA (2 petitions)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (2 petitions)
  • Dayton,OH (2 petitions)
  • Helena, MT (2 petitions)
  • New York, NY (2 petitions)
  • Austin, TX (1 petition)
  • Denver, CO (1 petition)
  • Hong Kong, China (1 petition)
  • Houston, TX (1 petition)
  • Kansas City, KA (1 petition)
  • New Orleans, LA (1 petition)
  • San Antonio, TX (1 petition)
  • St. Louis, MO (1 petition)
  • Tulsa, OK (1 petition)

To petition for a site

Picking your site is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. NETWORK — Any city nominated by 5 applicants will be designated a “Pick Your Site” location.  Just get four of your friends to take the test with you or find some new friends on our Facebook page to make your preferred city a “Pick Your Site” location.
  2. APPLY — Every member of your group must check the “Pick Your Site” box on the application form and write the name of the city where they want to take the test.
  3. TEST — If all 5 applications are approved, the exam will be held in the designated city.
If you have additional questions about the “Pick Your Site” process, please contact ACA Secretariat Steve Grandin.

Looking to help out your profession? Looking to get some additional points for recertification?

If the answer is yes to either question, we ask you to consider serving as proctor for the 2015 Certified Archivist examination.  The exam will be given on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, in Cleveland, OH (the site of the SAA Annual Meeting); Boise, ID; Buffalo, NY; Jacksonville, FL; Little Rock, AR; and Sacramento, CA.  It will also be given anywhere 5 or more eligible candidates wish to sit for the exam (we have averaged 11 additional “Pick Your Site” locations per year since 2004); those sites won’t be finalized until June.

The examination will last from 9:00 a.m. until noon; we ask proctors to arrive by 8:30 to check in candidates.  The proctor’s duties include receiving the examination materials prior to the exam, checking in and reading directions to candidates, distributing and collecting the examinations, and returning the examination materials to the ACA office (we provide pre-addressed, pre-posted envelopes!).

If you would be interested in serving as a proctor, please respond by return email.  Please note that you do not need to host the examination to serve as a proctor; if, however, you would be interested in hosting an administration of the exam (even if you can’t proctor), we would be interested in hearing from you, too!

We have had tremendous responses in the past to our call for proctors and site hosts, so assignments will made on a first-come, first-served basis.  However, if you are in doubt, please do not hesitate to volunteer – we often have to search for some predetermined site proctors, and we never know where “Pick Your Site” locations (and proctors) will be needed!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Grandin at the ACA Central Office at

We thank you for your assistance!