Asked Questions About Education
does an archivist do?
primary task of the archivist is to establish and maintain physical and
intellectual control over records of enduring value. The archivist selects,
arranges, describes, and ensures the long-term preservation of such records,
and assists researchers who wish to use them. Archivists with administrative
responsibilities must understand and apply principles of sound management.
So You Want to be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archival
Where can I attend graduate school to prepare for a career as an archivist?
SAA Directory of Archival Education
Where can I find archival continuing education training in the U.S.
Professional Education Workshops
How do I establish an SAA Student Chapter at my university?
is pleased to welcome Student Chapters
into the organization. A Student Chapter seeking recognition from SAA
should submit the following information to the SAA Education Office:
constitution and bylaws
names and addresses of the chapter coordinator(s)
copy of a letter of recognition from the academic institution where
the chapter is located, granting the Student Chapter official recognition
as a student organization.
letter from the faculty advisor, who must be an individual member
of SAA and either an archival educator or an archivist within the
parent institution who has indicated his/her willingness to work with
the Student Chapter.
list of all SAA members enrolled as students at the institution who
wish to form a Student Chapter.
members of an SAA Student Chapter must also be current individual
members of SAA.
Chapters must have a minimum of five members to be recognized by SAA.
Council approves the establishment of new Student Chapters at regular
meetings. All of the above listed documents must be submitted and
requirements met at least thirty days before a Council meeting for a
Student Chapter proposal to be heard at that meeting.
How do I inquire about co-sponsoring an SAA course in my area?
would be happy to work with you to bring the highest quality archival
continuing education right to your door. If you would like to host an
SAA educational event in your facility or area, there are a few questions
to ask yourself before you formally inquire:
is the proposed audience for the educational event?
I have evidence that this audience needs this educational experience
and would attend a workshop if one were scheduled?
and when might the workshop be offered?
I planned for sufficient time to successfully market the workshop?
A year in advance is ideal.
answering these questions, contact
SAA's Education Director(s) to discuss possible continuing education
offerings in your area.
can I do to get the courses I would like to attend scheduled?
the planning committee of your regional association and/or the next
meeting you pan to attend and let them know you are interested in
a particular SAA workshop.
your colleagues to find out if they share your interest; perhaps they
will join you in writing to the committee or sign your letter.
in touch with libraries and find out if they would be willing to co-sponsor
a SAA workshop.
What are the SAA Education Office policies and procedures?
Education Office Policies and Procedures