I think I have said quite enough generally, but I will just add that I don't
think anyone anticipates and certainly does not want the demise of the SRG,
which is not so fragile that it relies on we amazing business archivists to
sustain it. As I said previously, I suspect that many people would want to
belong to both groups in any case. Unless it is called BAG, in which case
Also, I think we are getting a little beyond ourselves in floating the
restructuring of the Society. We are only talking about setting up a new
group, which is really only a natural evolutionary process reflecting a
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> From: Gary Collins [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2000 4:24 PM
> To: Archives-nra address to send comment to
> Subject: Business Archives Group
> Just a few thoughts on all the messages received on this subject so far.
> 1) The message was posted to archives-nra to see what initial reaction
> there would be to the idea. If the reaction was favourable, the next step
> was to put something in the SoA Newsletter, so that all SoA members could
> read about it.
> 2) As a business archivist I obviously agree with the idea of a special
> interest group within the SoA.
> 3) A mix of subject-based SIGs as already existing in the SoA and sector
> SIGs (i.e. local government, business, higher education etc) could cater
> for all. As others have already pointed out if all this happens it is
> going to mean administrative changes, but if the end 'product' is a
> Society which more genuinely caters for members working in all sectors,
> then so be it.
> There will also be problems for various members who do not neatly fit into
> categories, which is one of the reasons why the SRG has been so useful. As
> an SRG member, it would be sad to see this group disappear, but if a more
> effective way of meeting the memberships requirements is found then we
> should go with it.
> Discussions about such changes are going to be fraught, but hopefully a
> well-informed and rational debate will bring about new ideas which could
> be implemented.
> Finally to declare an interest - yes I do work with one of the signatories
> to the original message, but I had no part in the discussions which led to
> the idea of BAG or whatever you want to call it.
> Gary Collins << File: ATT100518.ATT >>