And, this year I am only endorsing one candidate–myself. Yes, it’s true. I am a candidate for SAA Council, and I’d like your vote.
If you’re an SAA member and you’re a regular reader of this blog or follow me on Twitter, you probably have a pretty good idea what my interests and values are, and you’ll know even without reading my statement whether or not you think I’d be a good Council member. (But, please, by all means, read my statement and those of the other candidates. I know I worked hard on mine and I’m sure they did too. You can learn something from them.) But, I’m going to make two specific requests.
First, if you’re a student member, please vote. I have noted over the past several years as the number of student members has increased rather dramatically, the overall percentage of SAA members who vote has declined (see stats in comment on this post). I don’t really remember, but I think when I was a student I either didn’t vote or only voted for people whose names I knew (usually because they had written a required reading). In the discussion on Twitter this morning about student voting some people said they thought it was because:
“You really have to attend a number of annual meetings to have an informed opinion on these things. No number of personal statements makes up for personability”
“As a student I didn’t feel clued-in to the ‘scene’ to vote responsibly, but I hope today’s students are more w/it!”
“Students are less active in SAA, feel tentative due to lack of experience, and don’t know who leaders are.”
“And I know a lot of students join SAA just to get the discounts on books”
If you’re a student, you may agree with some of these statements or none of them, but I encourage you to take the time to read the candidates’ statements and vote this year. According to the FY2008 Annual Report, student membership is the single largest category, representing 21.5% of all SAA members. You may not feel as connected to the organization, but statistically you’re a big part of it. Take a few minutes to think about who you want its leaders to be, and vote.
Second, I not only want your vote, I want the votes of your friends too. I admit that I feel like I’m an underdog. I imagine people who don’t know me will look at my biographical information and say, “Wait, she doesn’t actually work in archives any more. Why should I vote for her?” So, if you’d like to have me representing you on Council, please share why you feel that way with a couple of your SAA-member friends. I can’t offer you any bribes, but I really would appreciate it.
As they say about the Oscars, it’s an honor just to be nominated. I’m sure some of you readers had something to do with that, so thanks for your support. And, now, in the immortal words of Cute Overload: