Monday, August 9, 2010

SAA Security Roundtable

I'm in the throes of packing, cleaning, and otherwise preparing to board a train to Washington, DC tomorrow morning, but opted to take a quick break to pass along the following news . . . .

The Society of American Archivists' Security Roundtable is meeting Wednesday, August 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. I deeply regret that my schedule won't permit me to attend this meeting, because it promises to be great: Mitch Yockelson and Larry Evangelista of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's Archival Recovery Team (which is on Facebook) and Jennifer Schaffner of OCLC Research will discuss "Transparency and Theft Response and Recovery." They will discuss:
  • Communicating with the archival community, dealers, and collectors
  • Using social media to convey news about thefts and security matters
  • Using dedicated electronic tools (e.g., to report missing records, books, and other materials
If you want to know more about how the Archival Recovery Team tracks down stolen federal government records, earlier today the Los Angeles Times published a really cool article highlighting its work. Even if you can't make to the meeting, it's absolutely worth checking out.

(A big tip o' the hat to my colleague Brittany Turner, who found this article earlier today!)

1 comment:

Brittany Turner said...

For anyone else who can't attend the Security Roundtable, Mitch will be chairing Session 403, "Security Challenges in the 21st Century," on Friday at 10:00am. It's sure to be a good one, even though it's unfortunately scheduled at the same time as Session 404, "Replevin: What's Mine is Mine (Unless It's Yours)."