SAA 2012

The Whaling Wall- by Wyland. Shared from Loco Steve's Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

Are you planning on attending the SAA Conference this year in sunny California? Alas, I will not be in attendance, but that shouldn’t stop you from going!

Although the agenda will be packed with exciting, awe-inspiring, and thought-provoking workshops and lectures, you might just find yourself with some time to spare. Fear not! The Local Arrangements Committee has prepared a handy (and lovely) WordPress blog for your extracurricular enjoyment!

Have fun, take lots of photos, and fill me in on all the coolness! 

SAA braves the vast Northeast to bring us education!

Upcoming Web Seminars

Protect Your Holdings AND Provide Access? [Web Seminar]
May 31; 1:00-2:30 PM Central Time

Using and Understanding PDF/A as a Preservation Format [DAS] [Web Seminar]
June 28; 1:00-2:30 PM Central Time

Upcoming Workshops and Courses

Appraisal of Electronic Records [DAS] 
May 5 in Hanover, New Hampshire

Understanding Archives: An Introduction to Principles and Practices
May 21-22 in Providence, Rhode Island

Visual Literacy for Photograph Collections
May 21 in New York, New York

Digital Curation: Creating an Environment for Success [DAS]
June 27 in University Park, Pennsylvania

Managing Electronic Records in Archives and Special Collections [DAS]
June 28-29 in University Park, Pennsylvania

Digital Forensics for Archivists [DAS]
June 29 in New York, New York

For all my 18th Century botany and horticulture groupies

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From Leslie Overstreet, Curator of Natural-History Rare Books for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries via EX-LIBRIS list-serv:

“For those of you interested in 18th-century botany and horticulture, have a look at the website of the Catesby Commemorative Trust at for information about a conference on Mark Catesby and his pioneering work on the flora and fauna of North America.  (Full disclosure – the Smithsonian Libraries is one of the sponsors/hosts, and I’ll be one of the speakers.)

It will run from Sunday Nov. 4 through Saturday Nov. 10 and will move from Richmond VA, to Washington DC, and finally to Charleston SC.  (You can sign up for any day(s) or for the whole week.)  Click on the video and the conference schedule to see the full agenda.  Scholars from England, the Netherlands, and the U.S. are scheduled to discuss Catesby’s period and sources, his art, his contributions to botany and zoology, and his influence on horticultural practices in America and Europe.  And of course his book “The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands” (London, 1731-1743, and later editions) will be on view at many of the institutions, museums, and private houses that will be hosting the sessions.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you think might be interested, and let me know if you or they have any questions.”

Phone  (202) 633-1176,  -1184