Research Teams

Issues and Advocacy (I&A) Section Research Teams are groups of dedicated volunteers who monitor breaking news and delve into ongoing topics affecting archives and the archival profession.

Under the leadership of the I&A Steering Committee, the Research Teams compile their findings into Research Posts for the I&A blog. Each Research Post offers a summary and coverage of an issue. Taken together, the Research Posts offer an important overview of issues affecting archives and the archival profession and serve as an informational resource for further research, advocacy action, and the historical record.

Research Posts and the work of Research Teams may inspire the following:

  • I&A Polls – polls distributed to I&A members and allies that aim to take the pulse of SAA members on a specific issue, in order to inform potential SAA action
  • Advocacy Overviews – detailed summaries of issues that provide SAA leadership with the information they need in order to determine whether (and how) SAA might be able to assist with an advocacy issue related to archives and archivists
  • Letters to the editor
  • Collaborations with SAA leadership, committees, sections, and roundtables, such as the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA), the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP), and SAA Council
I&A Research Team Definitions and Missions

Legislators Research Team #1
This team researches recent legislative activity related to archives and archivists.

Legislators Research Team #2
This team researches recent legislative activity related to archives and archivists.

Legislators Research Team #3
This team researches recent legislative activity related to archives and archivists.

On-Call Research Team #1
This agile team is mobilized to investigate issues that arise, as needed.

On-Call Research Team #2
This agile team is mobilized to investigate issues that arise, as needed.

Other Professional Associations’ Communications Research Team
This team monitors the communications of other associations, for issues related to archives.

General News Media Research Team
This team monitors news media for issues related to archives.

Questions? Email archivesissues [at] gmail [dot] com.

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