January News from RAAC

26 Jan 2016 9:28 AM | Gretchen Neidhardt

Here's the latest news from the Regional Archival Associations Consortium!

Updating the Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada (via RAAC Membership Committee)

The RAAC Membership Committee is working on updating the Directory of Archival Organizations in the United States and Canada.

Anita Mechler, the CAA-RAAC liaison made sure to complete the 2016 SAA Regional Archival Associations Survey in order to ensure that CAA is accurately represented on the Directory.

U.S. Congressional Omnibus Appropriations Bill

On December 18, Congress approved a $1.15 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2016. The vote in the House was 316-113 and the vote in the Senate was 65-33. President Obama has indicated he will sign the bill.

Of particular note is level funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The original appropriations bill considered in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee would have cut NHPRC’s FY’ 16 budget by 40 percent from the FY’ 15 level of $5 million to $3 million. The situation allowed NCH to use the contacts gained from the History Caucus, and the cut was rescinded at the House Appropriations Committee markup. The NHPRC was only program in the entire bill to have funding restored.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our legislative alerts throughout this year asking you to contact Congress on funding issues.

Call out for Digital Preservation Training at the RAAC Symposium (via RAAC Education Committee)

The Education Subcommittee of RAAC is hoping to offer a session about digital preservation training at the RAAC Symposium next fall.  We are looking for someone who can talk about digital preservation, available resources, and how to offer training  to regional archival groups.  If you’ve had experience with offering training to regional groups…even better!!

If you are interested in speaking or know someone who may be, please contact Jennifer Brannock at Jennifer.Brannock@usm.edu or 601.266.4347.

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