Call for Participation: Research Survey About Reference Staffing and Scheduling Practices

Good morning, and apologies for any cross-posting –

You are invited to participate in a research survey about reference staffing and scheduling practices in the archives and special collections field (IRB exempt). Survey participants from all types of archives and special collections institutions are encouraged to participate. However, please try to coordinate with your colleagues to ensure only one survey is submitted per institution or library.

lsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2a8cIMDhPAzQEMR

The survey will close on January 31, 2020.  Please contact me with any questions about the survey or methodology (ahawk1@lsu.edu). Thanks for your time and consideration –

Amanda

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Amanda Hawk
Head of Public and Research Services
LSU Special Collections
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA
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New Case Study: SAA, Teaching with Primary Sources

“Seeing Through Risk in the Special Collections Classroom: A Case for Flexibility” by Marc Brodsky, public services and reference archivist at Virginia Tech, describes a collaboration between special collections and a history class that emphasized engagement with primary sources. A class of 50 students participated in a transcription project involving 120 letters written by a local soldier serving in Europe during World War I that were addressed mostly to his wife in Blacksburg, VA. The project proved especially relevant given the centennial of the United States’ involvement in WWI. Read all about it here.

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SAA Headquarters
Society of American Archivists
Chicago IL
(866) 722-7858
saahq@archivists.org
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CFP: Call for Chapter Proposals on Data Literacy

Dear colleagues,

Do you ever help students or faculty with data? Does that work involve helping them to understand:

  • How to find and interpret data?
  • How to be a critical consumer of data?
  • How to be an ethical producer of data?
  • What it means to decolonize data?
  • Why it’s important to document and share research data?
  • Any other form of data literacy?

Then you are invited and encouraged to submit chapter proposals for an upcoming book to be published by ALA Editions, tentatively titled Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers: Data Literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Each chapter should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, and should include a discussion of the ways in which you and/or your colleagues and institution are incorporating data literacy into your work. Possible topics for these case studies could include, but are not limited to, methods for incorporating data literacy into information literacy instruction, experiences promoting data literacy in digital scholarship projects, or strategies for getting community buy-in for data literacy across your institution. If you have any questions about a topic you are considering, you are encouraged to reach out to Julia Bauder (bauderj@grinnell.edu) to discuss it before submitting a full proposal.

To submit a proposal, please e-mail the following to bauderj@grinnell.edu by February 3, 2020:

  • An approximately 400-word summary of the proposed chapter.
  • For each author:
    • Name, institution, and current title.
    • A list of previous publications.
    • If no previous publications, please include or link to a writing sample.

Timeline:

February 3, 2020: Chapter proposals due.
February 21, 2020: Authors notified of acceptance of chapter proposals.
July 1, 2020: Chapter drafts due.
August 14, 2020: Chapter drafts returned to authors for revisions.
October 17, 2020: Chapter revisions due.

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal. Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Julia Bauder, editor, Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers: Data Literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

New Issue: Archives and Records

Archives and Records, Vol. 40 no. 3 2019
(subscription)

Articles

From a silent past to a spoken future. Black women’s voices in the archival process
Ria van der Merwe

Records and farmer workers – a unique Chinese case
Sherry L. Xie, Huiling Feng & Linqing Ma

The digital return of ILAM’s Zimbabwean recordings: revitalization of the sound archive through postcolonial engagement between ILAM and African universities
Luis Gimenez Amoros

Formation and development of the Central State Archive of cinema, photographic materials and sound records of the Kazakh SSR (1943–1991)
Gulzira Seksenbayeva

Book Reviews

Metadata for information management and retrieval: understanding metadata and its use
by David Haynes, 2nd edition, London, Facet Publishing, 2018, xiv + 267 pp., £59.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-85604-824-8
Paul V. Dudman

Digital curation projects made easy: a step-by-step guide for libraries, archives and museums
by Carmen Cowick, Lanham, Maryland and London, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, vii + 125 pp., £23.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-5381-0351-7 (Library Information Technology Association Guides)

The oral history manual
by Barbara W Sommer and Mary Kay Quinlan, 3rd edition, Lanham, Maryland and London, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018, viii + 145 pp., £24.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-4422-7079-4 (American Association for State and Local History Book Series)

The international directory of national archives
edited by Patricia C. Franks and Anthony Bernier, London, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, 2018, xii + 433 pp., $150/£100 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-442277-434-427
Elizabeth Shepherd

Records and information management
by Patricia C. Franks, 2nd edition, Chicago, ALA/Neal-Schuman, 2018, xxiv + 497 pp., $84.99, ISBN 978-0-8389-1716-9
Geoffrey Yeo

Digital archives: management, use and access
edited by Milena Dobreva, London, Facet Publishing, 2018, xv + 183 pp., £69.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-85604-934-4
Alexandra Eveleigh

The complete guide to personal digital archiving
edited by Brianna H Marshall, London, Facet Publishing, 2018, xxii + 275 pp., £59.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-78330-266-6
Paul Campbell

The theory and craft of digital preservation
by Trevor Owens, Baltimore, John Hopkins University Press, 2018 x + 226 pp., £26 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4214-2697-6
Adrian Brown

Digital preservation in libraries: preparing for a sustainable future
edited by Jeremy Myntti and Jessalyn Zoom, Chicago, American Library Association, 2019, xii + 379 pp., $84.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-8389-1713-8
Maureen Pennock

The cartulary and charters of the priory of Saints Peter and Paul, Ipswich, part I the Cartulary
edited by David Allen, Woodbridge, The Boydell Press for the Suffolk Records Society, 2018, xix + 292 pp., £60 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-78327-354-6 (Suffolk Records Society, Suffolk Charters)
Anthony Smith

The business of archives: a labour of love
compiled and edited by Tony Slaven and Kiara King, Johnstone, The Ballast Trust, 2018, 83 pp., £5 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-5272-3179-5
Paul J Sillitoe

Records, information and data: exploring the role of record-keeping in an information culture
by Geoffrey Yeo, London, Facet Publishing, 2018, xvi + 208 pp., £69.95 (Paperback), ISBN: 978-1-78330-226-0
Susan Graham

Review

Online guidance on oral history from Manchester Histories Historical Research Project and East Midlands Oral History Archive
Sarah-Joy Maddeaux

Obituary

(Brian) Bernard Ignatius Trainor (1928–2018)
Stephen Scarth

Brian Stanley Smith (1932–2018)
Heather Forbes

Antony David Carr (1938–2019)
Nia Powell

New Issue: Journal of Archival Organization

Journal of Archival Organization, Vol. 16 no. 1 2019
(subscription)

Shifting the Model: Pre-Donation Processing of the New York Foundation for the Arts Records
Weatherly A. Stephan & Nicholas J. Martin

Bridging the Digital and Physical: Increasing Engagement with the Grateful Dead Archive at UC Santa Cruz
Alix Norton, Kristina Golubiewski-Davis, Ann Hubble & Reed Scriven

Stakeholder Interviews and University Collections: An Exploratory Methodology
Kristen Iemma, Maddie Mott, Julia Renaud & Nicole Sintetos

Successful Management of an Outsourced Large-Scale Digitization Newspaper Project
Tips for Effective Collaboration, Increased Productivity, and Outstanding Deliverables
Marina Georgieva

Blockchain Is Already Here. What Does That Mean for Records Management and Archives?
Sharmila Bhatia & A. D. Wright de Hernandez

Call for Papers – ‘Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal’ Conference

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Radio Survivor is pleased to share an announcement from the Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) of the Library of Congress about a call for papers for its forthcoming conference, “A Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal.” The event will be held October 22-24, 2020 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Presentation proposals are due by December 15, 2019. Read on for the full details from the RPTF:

A Century of Broadcasting: Preservation and Renewal

Conference Dates: Oct 22-24, 2020

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019

Call for Papers

The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF) of the Library of Congress invites applications for papers, panels, moderated discussions and workshops for a conference marking the centenary of broadcasting in the United States.

We seek presentations by archivists, radio and television historians, artists, information scientists, journalists, sound studies scholars, broadcasters and others highlighting how preservation can help us complicate and rethink our understandings of the history of mass media at community, local, national and international levels. We particularly welcome participants who put archival resources to work today to enrich radio, television, podcasting, music, literature, journalism, public history, installation art and other creative practices.

The conference will take place Oct. 22nd to 24th, 2020, at the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. Registration is free for all presenters, moderators and respondents.

Celebrating One Hundred Years of Broadcasting

In the United States, the radio industry began primarily as a form of wireless telegraphy used for point-to-point communication. After World War I, government licensing began for stations that were changing the medium by airing point-to-mass broadcast transmissions of music and voice. From the celebrated Election Day broadcasts of Westinghouse station KDKA on November 2, 1920 to similar services offered by hundreds of other stations from coast to coast, the industry paradigm shifted. The broadcasting model endures to the present, characterizing media systems from large commercial networks to public broadcasting, satellite radio and online streaming services, and RSS-based podcasting.

This conference marks the centenary of that paradigm shift and investigates radio’s century of constant renewal and rebirth over the course of the intervening century, during which various radio and radio-like practices have been invented and reinvented, forgotten and remembered, in settings across the United States. We want to highlight a century dotted with “new” sound practices in this restless medium, from the first non-English programs to the first broadcasts aimed at communities of color, from the first international shortwave transmissions to the first true crime podcasts, the first educational shows to the first radio-based art. Our conference underscores the role of preservation in documenting (and even driving) the process of renewing radio from generation to generation and from community to community.

Renewing Radio Heritage

This meeting also takes place at a moment in which media history is itself changing, thanks to a renaissance in radio and television preservation, which has created an archive that is more diverse and richer than ever before, conveying a sharper sense of how broadcast media helped Americans articulate understanding of nation, region, class, gender, race, sexuality and ability. That is thanks in part to the work of the Radio Preservation Task Force, which for five years has been pursuing projects and partnerships to change the very archive itself in a way that necessitates fresh thinking about many firsts—and seconds, and thirds— in conventional national and international narratives of radio history.

Created in 2014 in fulfillment of a radio preservation mandate in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Plan, the RPTF is charged with fostering collaborations between researchers and archivists to facilitate work on radio preservation, developing an online inventory of extant collections, promoting preservation of endangered radio collections, encouraging use of radio and sound archives in educational settings, and cultivating academic study of archival radio materials. It currently boasts a network of hundreds of scholars and archivists who share materials, fundraising, and best practices. The RPTF has also constructed a national database aggregating information on over 2,500 radio collections from coast to coast, and has encouraged and overseen several special issues and anthologies on radio history and preservation. It is currently developing pedagogical guides for classroom use and resources to assist with preservation of endangered radio materials. To advance its goals, the RPTF partners with over 40 local, national, and international academic, archiving, and media organizations. A full list of partner institutions is available on our conference site.

Suggested Themes

This conference will focus on preservation’s historic and ongoing role in documenting and shaping new research from policy studies to sound studies, and new media practices from journalism to art. To that end, we seek panels, presentations and workshops whose ambit could include, but is not limited to:

  • Highlighting a specific archive based on historic recordings that challenge assumptions about mass media history, the invention or reinvention of formats, or show outreach to new audiences.
  • Offering best practices based on experience in preservation, from digitization and metadata to fair reuse, either on air or in arts settings.
  • Exploring techniques for researching, processing or reusing the changing radio archive, such as how to use specialized methods from machine learning to deep listening.
  • Examining communities whose stories have been lost but can now come to light as a result of the RPTF’s various initiatives and caucuses, especially communities of color, native communities, women’s radio history, LGBTQ histories, as well as among differently abled communities.
  • Examining how preservation can highlight radio’s historic and ongoing role in activism, especially at the regional, local and community level.
  • Looking at international histories of radio, and at preservation practices outside the United States, particularly in Latin America and Europe, from which U.S. archivists might learn.
  • Focusing on long-arc narratives of radio history—the history of crime reporting, for instance, or civil rights radio—that stretch across the entirety of the “broadcast century” and whose history isn’t limited to one “tier” of radio, but rather can be studied in contexts from large networks to local radio and podcasts, and everywhere in between.
  • Studying how preservation methods might be adapted for emerging forms of radio beyond traditional broadcasting platforms, particularly podcasting, as well as the study of broadcast platform elements themselves, from radio tower systems to RSS.
  • Focusing on preserving recordings from arts and freeform stations, as well as exploring how the materials that RPTF projects have uncovered can be reused in contemporary art, journalism and research in the new golden era of podcasting and sound art more broadly.
  • Providing practical advice for independent archivists, particularly when it comes to public history outreach, identifying possible funding and grant writing.

To Participate

Proposal options include papers, pre-constituted panels, moderated discussions, and workshops. To submit a proposal, email abstracts and other materials specified below in a single document to radiotaskforce@gmail.com by December 15, 2019. For questions, please contact neil.verma@northwestern.edu.

Papers. Individual archivists, scholars or artists are invited to submit an abstract for a paper of about 20 to 30 minutes in length on our conference themes. Successful applications will be organized into panels by the steering committee. Applications should include: A brief biography; contact information for the applicant including any institutional affiliation; a 400-word abstract with a title; and five keywords.

Pre-constituted Panels. Pre-constituted panels should have 3-4 participants, plus a moderator and/or respondent. These panels will be based on the presentation of papers, with each speaker given 20 to 30 minutes to speak. Applications should include: A brief biography for each applicant; contact information for each applicant including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract with a title for each paper; five keywords for each paper; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the panel.

Moderated Discussions. These events will differ from pre-constituted panels in that they do not require formal prepared remarks and will instead focus on discussion and exchange. Groups of 4-6 participants may apply, with each participant expected to speak for 5-10 minutes about a current project, archival recording, or issue. Applications should include: A brief biography for each applicant; contact information for each applicant including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the panel; five keywords for the panel as a whole.

Workshops. For workshops on specific issues (e.g., digitization, grant writing, analysis tools, recording workshops), a single presenter or team leads discussion and has an open forum to field questions. Applications should include: A brief biography for the workshop leader(s); contact information including any institutional affiliations; a 400-word abstract explaining the goal and ambit of the workshop including any technical equipment that would be needed.

The Library of Congress RPTF Conference Steering Committee

RPTF 2020 Conference Chair:

Neil Verma, Northwestern University

NRPB Chair:

Christopher Sterling, George Washington University

Library of Congress:

Steve Leggett (NRPB)

Cary O’Dell (NRPB)

RPTF Director:

Josh Shepperd, Catholic University and Penn State University

RPTF Assistant Director:

Shawn VanCour, University of California, Los Angeles

Conference Committee Members:

Matt Barton, Library of Congress

Claudia Calhoun, Fairfield University

Inés Casillas, University of California, Santa Barbara

Susan Douglas, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Christine Ehrick, University of Louisville

Anna Friz, University of California, Santa Cruz

Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, University of Texas, Austin

Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bob Horton, Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Tom McEnaney, University of California, Berkeley

Julie-Beth Napolin, The New School

Stephanie Sapienza, University of Maryland

Jacob Smith, Northwestern University

Michael Socolow, University of Maine

Dave Walker, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Book Recommendation: The Chronicle Productivity Guide to Writing & Publishing

One of my goals for this blog going forward is to offer more resources about writing and research. I’ve posted a few here and there, but plan to be more consistent in offering suggestions.

I periodically read blogs and articles about books about writing. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the seemingly unending resources out there. I’ve started reading books about writing both to see if I can get tips for my own writing, but to also discern what are actually good resources and ones that are less helpful.

One that I like a lot is The Chronicle Productivity Guide to Writing & Publishing by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Though geared towards academics, anyone can find it helpful. What I like about it is that it is short essays from a variety of people. Though there is a cohesiveness, one need not read it in order nor cover to cover to find useful assistance.

This 84-page book distills the most common questions about and challenges to writing that probably everyone can relate to. It is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Finding Time and Managing Your Project List
  2. Conquering Isolation: The Writing Group
  3. Overcoming Inner Obstacles
  4. Ways to Improve Your Writing
  5. Navigating the Publishing Process

Within each section is realistic, practical advice. For archivists, I think sections 1, 3, and 4 are the most relevant. Two interesting essays in the first section jumped out at me. One discussed doing a reverse day planner, where you document everything you do to see how you spend your time. While I like this idea greatly, I haven’t yet done it. But it can help see how to carve out time to write.

The second one was about energy levels. The author breaks energy up into A, B, and C, and assigns writing to A. It is also about finding the time when your energy is at a peak, to designate that as your writing time. Some people are good early in the morning, others late at night. But identifying that can help be more productive.

The third section about inner obstacles has essays that every writer can relate to. Avoidance, doubts, organization, and many other aspects are the obstacles described. Then, there are some practical and unique ideas on how to move past those obstacles.

The fourth section about writing is also very helpful. I’m amused that one essay is called “7 Tips to Write Less Badly,” which is a good indication of how helpful the tips are. Some of the tips in these essays advise to think less about the amount of time spent on writing and more on the quantity of output, various ways to formulate and organize a strong argument, and how to find your voice.

This is not a cheap book, but is truly one of the best ones I’ve looked at if you are looking for some quick and insightful guidance on improving your writing and writing habits.