JCAS Call for Book Reviewers

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) is looking for book reviewers for the following titles. Please note that some are digital only and you must have a way to access e-books. If you’re interested, please email us at email.jcas@gmail.com by April 3. In your email, please include 1) a brief description of your professional interests 2) which title you’d like to review and why 3) your preferred mailing address for review copies. Please also include [Book Reviews] in the subject line. You can find the reviewer guidelines at our website: elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/bookreview.html

  • Fundraising for Impact in Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Making the Case to Government, Foundation, Corporate, and Individual Funders by Kathryn K. Matthew (e-book only)
  • Museum Archives: Issues, Practice, Advocacy edited by Rachel Chatalbash, Susan Hernandez, and Megan Schwenke
  • Disputed Archival Heritage edited by James Lowry (e-book only)
  • Residencies Revisited: Reflections on Library Residency Programs from the Past and Present edited by Preethi Gorecki and Arielle Petrovich
  • Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Library Heritage by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum

Call for Abstracts: Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

Academic Libraries Creating Global Community:
Operating Outside of Traditional Roles and Spaces

To support our students and faculty as global citizens, academic libraries are increasingly engaging with broader community efforts to affect positive change. We want to hear about your approaches to addressing inequality, censorship, climate change, misinformation, low civic engagement, and other stressors that impact our students and the world. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to censorship, anti-intellectualism, or misinformation
  • Collection development in coordination with public or school libraries
  • Community-inclusive service or events
  • Collaborations with non-profits or local businesses
  • Involvement in community sustainability or literacy projects 
  • Social justice collaborations 
  • Indigenous science collaborations
  • Efforts to foster civic engagement
  • Community development in special collections and archives
  • Expanding access to graduates and/or community members

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations is a historic peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to academic discussions of the major issues of our age. We are honored that the editorial board has chosen academic libraries as the topic of their 46th volume and we hope this volume will share our library efforts to outside audiences. We are accepting case studies, research articles, book reviews, and opinion pieces. Only case studies and research articles will be processed through peer review.

Send an abstract* of your proposed article to press@humboldt.edu. The abstract deadline is April 7, 2023. Abstracts should include::

  • Article title
  • Abstract 200-400 words
  • Author information:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Affiliation (ex. University name)
    • Email

If your abstract is accepted, the article deadline will be September 1, 2023. Word count for final article submissions are:

  • Case studies and research articles: 3,000-6,000 words
  • Book reviews: 500-2,000
  • Opinion pieces: 1000-3,000 words

ASA or APA citation styles are recommended.

*The abstracts are for our editorial team review only.

Call For Papers: Federal Writers’ Project

Call for papers – Proposed volume

Working through the Federal Writers’ Project: Labor, Place, Archive, and Representation

deadline for submissions: May 31, 2023

This proposed volume of interdisciplinary essays reexamines the New Deal era’s Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) as a labor project. We are working with a publisher to feature this book, Working through the Federal Writers’ Project: Labor, Place, Archive, and Representation, as part of a potential series on the FWP,  on the burgeoning field of FWP studies, and on how FWP studies fits in the larger framework of labor studies. Labor, in this sense, is not a narrow category. It encompasses trade unions, working conditions, labor power, political economy, and the everyday reality of working lives. Identification with labor enabled FWP writers to take a perspective on figures in a landscape that otherwise went unnoticed–men and women, some of them the formerly enslaved, working across industrial, agricultural, and domestic sectors. Instead of treating those figures as objects, many FWP writers promoted them as subjects, makers of democracy in a world threatened then, as now, by the rise of fascism. Many writers in the FWP exchanged revolutionary ideas about anti-racist and pro-labor struggles, creating a body of literature that depicts the diversity of American life while revealing the faultlines of U.S. racism and class division.

We invite examinations of the FWP archives and life histories housed at the Library of Congress as well as the American Guide Series and literary works by federal writers that consider these primary texts through the lens of labor. How did the FWP capture the voices of working people, both men and women? In what ways did the FWP provide emerging writers, including Black, female, and working-class writers, an opportunity to publish? In what ways did the FWP tacitly elicit stories of work that celebrated narratives of endurance and agency? How did the FWP and its writers navigate and/or embrace anti-racist and pro-labor struggles in the project? 

Finally, reexamining the FWP as a labor project suggests a parallel between the 1930s and our own moment, in which capitalists squeeze value from the precariously underemployed and overworked. The realities of unpaid/unrecognized labor, including dependent-care/family care and domestic work (either for hire or not), invites a consideration of future representations of work and worker’s lives, particularly given the renewed struggle for unionization and emerging multiracial class solidarity today. 

The editors invite proposals (200-400 word abstracts) for chapters in the range of 5000-7000 words from scholars of American studies, working-class studies, U.S. labor history, ethnic studies, composition studies, and any others that intersect with the study of the FWP. 

For a fuller description of the CFP, please see

https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2023/02/06/working-through-the-federal-writers’-project-labor-place-archive-and-representation

Deadlines

  • for chapter proposals: May 31, 2023
  • for full chapter submission: September 15, 2023

Send queries and proposals to the co-editors Maureen Curtin and Michele Fazio at fwplabor@gmail.com

American Archivist Call for Microreviews

Are you interested in reviewing the latest archives resources for your colleagues? The American Archivist wants to hear from you!

We are actively seeking microreviews of archives-related books for our Reviews Portal. Microreviews are short, informal contributions (about 100–400 words) that summarize a work and share your reaction to it. An example is Samantha Cross’s 2022 microreview of the podcast The Magnus Archives.

Microreviews are a great way to contribute to the archival literature no matter where you are in your professional journey. Never written a review before? No problem! Our Reviews Editors, Rose Buchanan and Stephanie Luke, are available to answer questions and guide contributors through the entire review process.

For more information about writing a microreview, please see our guidelines for preparing a microreview. If you’re interested in writing a review, please contact us at ReviewsEditor@archivists.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Rose Buchanan & Stephanie Luke
Reviews Editors, American Archivist

Participate in a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon:
Anthropology and Community Connections

March 31 | 10:00 AM EST – 2:00 PM EST | Hornbake 2116 & Virtual | Registration Required

Wikipedia & Wikidata Training will take place during the first hour
25 in-person seats available–first come, first serve!

Description:
Are you interested in the history of anthropology? A linked data nerd? Want to help connect Indigenous communities with their archival records within colonial repositories? Join a co-sponsored edit-a-thon event between the University of Maryland Center for Archival Futures (CAFe) and Wikimedia DC to support the reworking of the Council on the Preservation of Anthropological Records guide to anthropological records.

Specifically, this edit-a-thon will add and edit anthropologists’ records within Wikipedia, and then ensure that each anthropologist is linked with the Wikipedia records of the Indigenous communities and peoples with whom they worked. Once mapped in both Wikipedia and Wikidata, this work will inform the data within SNAC (Social Networks, Archival Contexts), a search platform for finding archival records, which through an IMLS grant, we are shaping to facilitate connections between Native communities and their archival records.

REGISTER HERE

SAA RAO Section April Article Discussion Group

Please join us on Thursday, April 20th at 3pm EST for the next Article Discussion Group. We will be reading Teaching with Ephemera by Julia Gardner and David Pavelich, which is available freely online.

For this month’s selection we want to try something new. Following the group discussion portion, we would like to have a show-and-tell, where participants are encouraged to share their favorite objects and/or ephemeral collections to teach with. Come with examples and tell us what ephemera have been a hit (or miss) in your instruction sessions! We hope that this will be an interactive session.

  • When: April 20th, 3pm-4pm EST
  • Register in advance for this meeting: bit.ly/3mvGNu3

Call for Posts: Scholarly Communication and Libraries, Librarianship, and Information Sciences

Post by Dawn Durante, assistant editorial director of the University of North Carolina Press and member of the Feeding the Elephant Editorial Team

Feeding the Elephant is always looking for new content that sustains conversations about scholarly communications in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. We are all volunteers working to support dialogue within, between, and among the worlds of publishing, libraries, academic organizations, and academia, and we are particularly seeking perspectives and contributions from librarians and information science experts. We welcome queries from contributors at any career stage, from early career to the most professionally established people, and whether affiliated or independent.

General Topics

The forum is broadly interested in topics that college and university libraries face related to scholarly communications. In the past, the forum has featured pieces on library publishing and the relationship among the library, the academy, and scholarly communication, and has facilitated conversations between librarians and publishers. We welcome suggestions for any pertinent topics and are especially interested in publishing posts about the following:

  • Collection strategy
  • Accessibility/inclusivity of resources and spaces
  • Protecting user privacy while tracking OA and eBook usage
  • Information literacy in the age of disinformation
  • The role of faculty status/rank of librarians in career trajectory and engaging with faculty
  • Development and encouragement of OERs and other open resources
  • CC licenses and general copyright issues
  • Librarians and DH projects
  • Diversity and equity issues in academic libraries and institutions 
  • Digital preservation
  • Changing relationships between libraries and publishers related to open access

If you have a topic in mind that is not listed above, we would still love to hear from you about your ideas. Posts typically range from 800 to 1200 words, and we work with authors on flexible timelines. The Elephant editorial collective offers support and feedback on all pieces, and we are happy to collaborate on developing topics and ideas for posts with those interested in contributing but unsure what to write about..

Working with Your Librarian

Do you do work related to libraries and wish there was something that staff, faculty, or students knew about library resources related to their work and other scholarly communication? Pitch us a topic for our Working with Your Librarian series. 

Book Reviews

Feeding the Elephant is also looking for book reviewers to contribute book reviews related to publishing, information sciences, data, and librarianship. Currently, we are particularly interested in volunteers with relevant expertise to review these books:

If you are interested in reviewing a book, podcast, documentary, or other cultural production not on this list, we welcome suggestions!


Have something to say on this topic? Reply to this post! Or email the Elephant about writing for us. We welcome submissions from stakeholders on all sides of scholarly publishing. Find us on Twitter @HNetBookChannel and use the hashtag #FeedingTheElephant. You can also find us on Mastodon at @FeedingTheElephant@h-net.social.

Call for Participation: Survey of Usage and Accessibility of LGBTQ+ Archival Materials

My name is Evangeline Giaconia (University of Florida), and my research partner is Kestrel Ward (University of Florida). We are undertaking a study to understand how archival institutions engage their LGBTQ+ materials. To that end, we have developed a survey to collect data on how institutions around the US catalog, collect, use, and make accessible their LGBTQ+ archival materials.

The purpose of this study is to determine how archives use these historically invisible materials, with the aim of developing strategies for making LGBTQ+ materials more easily accessible. We encourage everyone to take this survey, no matter your knowledge about LGBTQ+ materials or culture. The survey is less than 20 questions, and data will be anonymized in any resulting work.

This is the anonymous link for the survey: https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5APXNsY6oKKKFsq

Thank you very much for your time!

CFP: CLIR Events

The Council on Library and Information Resources is pleased to announce that we have opened Calls for Proposals for our conferences happening in person in St. Louis, MO this November: the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Forum and Learn@DLF and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2023: Communities of Time and Place.

For all events, we encourage proposals from members and non-members; regulars and newcomers; digital library practitioners from all sectors (higher education, museums and cultural heritage, public libraries, archives, etc.) and those in adjacent fields such as institutional research and educational technology; and students, early- and mid-career professionals and senior staff alike. We especially welcome proposals from individuals who bring diverse professional and life experiences to the conference, including those from underrepresented or historically excluded racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds, immigrants, veterans, those with disabilities, and people of all sexual orientations or gender identities.

Our events will take place in person on the following dates:


Learn more about our events and session options on the DLF Blog.

The deadline for all opportunities is Monday, May 1, at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

View the Calls for Proposals and submit:


Submit for one conference or multiple (though, different proposals for each, please).

Please note: All sessions for the 2023 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation will take place in person.

If you have any questions, please write to us at forum@diglib.org. We’re looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis this fall.

-Gayle and Team DLF

P.S. Want to stay updated on all things #DLFforum? Subscribe to our Forum newsletter and follow us at @CLIRDLF on Twitter.

Request for Participation: PNAAM Implementation survey

Hello, 

I am recruiting participants for research survey looking at the factors that affect why or why not archives and archivists have implemented the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. This survey is intended for archivists and memory workers at non-tribal institutions within the United States. All perspectives, all lengths of time in field, and all kinds of working experiences are welcome. 

Through this research I am hoping to understand if archivists and memory workers are interested in implementing the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (PNAAM) in their work as well as exploring reasons archivists and memory workers might or might not implement the Protocols. The study findings have implications for understanding how and why new practices are adopted in archival work.  

Thank you for your time and consideration, 

Kim

Eligibility: 

To be eligible for participation in this study you must be an archivist or memory worker working in the United States in a non-tribal library or archives that has archival materials related to Indigenous people and/or communities.  

Procedures:

Participants will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire. The majority of the questions are not required, and no identifying information is requested about you or the repository at which you work. The survey is estimated to take 10 to 15 minutes of your time if you choose to answer all questions. Declining to participate or stopping your participation will not have any negative effects on you. 

Questions: 

If you have questions about this research, you may reach me at kda@unr.edu or 775-682-5614. 

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Kimberly Anderson
Director, Special Collections and University Archives
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV
library.unr.edu/SpeColl