Your CAA Steering Committee Needs You

26 Jan 2015 9:09 AM | Anonymous member

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Chicago archives community? Consider volunteering to serve on the Chicago Area Archivists Steering Committee. Not only will you get to work closely with some of your colleagues in the profession, but CAA service is a great way to gain valuable experience in preparation for service in regional and national archival organizations.

Think you aren’t experienced enough to serve on the Steering Committee? Think again: any organization needs fresh viewpoints to remain vibrant. And CAA is meant to serve the needs of all of its members, including those that are new to the profession.

Worried about over-committing yourself? Steering Committee members are elected to two year terms that begin and end at the Members Meeting in March. The time commitment is relatively minimal, consisting of monthly in-person meetings with occasional business conducted by email.

Wonder what the Steering Committee does? The Steering Committee is tasked with:

  • Establishing programmatic goals for the organization
  • Circulating information to and responding to the needs of CAA members
  • Representing CAA within the larger profession and to the general public
  • Setting standards to ensure the sustainability of CAA

Curious about how Steering Committee members are elected? Four members of the CAA Steering Committee are nearing the end of their 2013-15 terms:

  • Rob DeLand
  • Amber Dushman
  • Jessica Farrell
  • Andy Steadham

Candidates for the four open seats for the 2015-17 term will be elected by a vote of CAA members cast electronically. Election results will be announced at the Members Meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015.

Service on the Steering Committee is open to all CAA members in good standing. To volunteer, submit a brief (1-2 paragraphs) Statement of Interest outlining your background and motivation for serving on the Steering Committee to Please include your full name, title, place of work (if applicable), and preferred contact phone and email address. Statements of interest will be distributed to CAA members.

The deadline to submit your Statement is Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00pm.

Want more information? Contact information for current Steering Committee Members is available on the CAA Website. Please reach out to one of them and ask about his or her service on Steering. 

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