Call for Platform and Poster Presentations: 2018 SAA Research Forum

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or fewer) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nance McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Heather Soyka (Kent State University).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2018. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 2 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline).

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to researchforum@archivists.org.

Please be sure to include:  Presentation title, your name, affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation.

Call for Contributions: Select History of the World’s Archives, 1588-1898

In 2015 the Archival History Section of the Society of American Archivists compiled a Bibliography of Archival History. The recently revised document is currently available on our microsite: goo.gl/nlM1lT

We are now compiling a bibliography of a Select History of the World’s Archives, 1588-1898.  This new bibliography is international in scope and includes sources about or published by archives before 1899.  The bibliography includes works in English and foreign languages.  The AHS Steering Committee is seeking assistance from the SAA membership to fulfill this project.

If you are interested in contributing citations to this project, please view our current bibliography here: goo.gl/VsrBZK

Guidelines for formatting citations can be found on the Archival History Section microsite: goo.gl/CJZT0F

You can make comments directly on the Google document or email me with your citations or questions at cbtrace@austin.utexas.edu.

Thank you for your help in our ongoing project!

Best,

Ciaran B. Trace

Archival History Section

Call for Chapters: Access, Control, and Dissemination in Digital Humanities

While DH is seen by some as especially interdisciplinary or more conducive to group work, linked data, and open research, including both access to results and participation in research itself, the very nature of its connectedness creates challenges for researchers who wish to assert control of data, have some role in how data is used or how work is acknowledged, and how it is attributed and recorded. Researchers involved in any substantial DH project must confront similar questions: who should be allowed to make reproductions of artifacts, which ones, how many, how often, of what quality and at what cost, what are the rights of possession and reproduction, including access, copyright, intellectual property rights or digital rights management. Given the potential of open and accessible data, it is sometimes suggested that DH might be a much-needed bridge between ivory tower institutions and the general public. The promise of DH in this regard, however, still remains in many ways unfulfilled, raising the question of who DH is for, if not solely for bodies of like-minded academics.

Contributors to this volume have varied experiences with applications for digital technology in the classroom, in museums and archives, and with the general public and they present answers to these problems from a variety of perspectives. Digital Humanities is not a homogeneous enterprise, and we find that DH functions differently in different fields across the humanities and is put to different ends with varying results. As a result, one may already (fore)see DH moving in distinct directions in individual academic fields, but whether this splintering will have a positive effect or is an indication that disciplines are retreating to their respective silos, remains to be seen. We need to understand better how such differences are communicated among various fields, and how those results are adopted, not to mention evaluated, and by whom. This volume addresses these issues with concrete examples from researchers in the field.

The editors have been working with Routledge to prepare a proposal for publication. Successful submissions will be included in a proposed volume based on a workshop held at Carleton University in May, 2016 (http://dhworkshop.ca/).

Editors:
Dr. Richard Mann, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Richard.Mann at carleton.ca

Dr. Shane Hawkins, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
shane_hawkins at carleton.ca

Proposals Submission Deadline: 01 May 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 31 May 2018
Submission Date: 30 November 2018

Submission Procedure

You are invited to submit a word document with title of the proposal and abstract (500-800 words) and a CV. All proposals should be submitted to the following address: shane_hawkins at carleton.ca

Deadline is 01 May 2018.

Authors will be notified of a final decision by 31 May 2018 and asked to send a full text by 30 November 2018. The chapter’s length will be 5000-7000 words. Submitted chapters should not have been previously published or sent to another editor.

CFP: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: intersections of identities and expectations

This is library-specific, but their topics can also relate to archives.

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Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Deconstructing Service in Libraries: intersections of identities and expectations
Editors: Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2018
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description
Research into the construction of librarians’ professional identities indicates a strong emphasis on our work as service providers, from both within the profession and the larger environment in which we exist. When taken to its most extreme conclusion, the service ethos that informs librarianship can turn into what some some in the field informally refer to as “Handmaiden Syndrome”– the expectation that librarians be at the beck and call of faculty, students, patrons, and administrators. This is most visible in traditional, patriarchal constructions of service that rely on hierarchical power structures, such as those present in academia and other educational and cultural institutions. But Roma Harris argues that librarianship has the potential to transform the ideal of service from one that exploits those in service roles toward a more democratic and potentially empowering exchange. To do so means an acknowledgement of the high level of emotional labor on the part of the librarian, who is constantly negotiating her sense of personal worth and professional value in pursuit of “good service.” It also raises questions about what components of identity we ignore or devalue when focusing on service as a defining feature in our profession.

This book will unpack the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and ability combine with an “ethic of service” to create, stagnate, or destruct librarians’ professional identities, sense of self, and self worth. We would like to examine the power structures, values, and contexts that influence our personal, professional, and institutional conceptions of service in libraries, as well as the costs and consequences (to ourselves and our institutions) of these very personal identity negotiations.

Possible Topics

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Section 1: Situating Service in Librarianship
This introductory section will include a history of service values and behaviors in librarianship. It will examine the ways in which this value has been internalized by practitioners without a clear, agreed upon definition across the different subfields of librarianship.

Section 2: Intersecting Identities & Service
This section will include contributed chapters on the intersections of the ethos of service and personal identity. Questions explored may include:
• How do librarians’ personal identities influence their conception of service in libraries?
• What does service in libraries mean to you?
• In what ways do gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or ability influence service expectations of librarians; the ways in which service is performed/carried out; and the ways in which service is perceived by others?
• How do definitions and expectations of service shape professional identities of librarians?
• What are the consequences of not meeting service expectations? How do these consequences differ based on personal identities?
• What is the role of power in service roles and how is influenced by intersectional identity?

Section 3: Reworking the Concept of Service in Libraries
This section will attempt to redefine the concept of service in libraries through a variety of critical theoretical lenses. Contributed chapters may, for example, rework service through a feminist, critical race, or critical disability framework. We also welcome theories and perspectives from other fields. Questions explored may include:
• Do we need a new shared definition of service in libraries?
• Should we abandon the ethos of service in libraries altogether?
• If so, what other professional values should take precedence?
• How can service be redefined to promote a critical, just, and inclusive work and patron environment in libraries? Can it do this?

A variety of traditional and nontraditional scholarship methods are welcome, including but not limited to rhetorical analysis, critical analysis, lyric scholarship, autoethnography, ethnography, phenomenological research, interviews, and other methods of exploring personal and collective identity and the ethos of service.

Timeline
• CFP distributed: April 2, 2018
• Deadline for Chapter Proposals: July 15, 2018
• Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals: October 1, 2018
• First drafts due: January 15, 2019
• Second drafts due: March 15, 2019
• Final drafts due: June 1, 2019
• Editing: June-August 2019
• Submission of final manuscript: September 1, 2019

Submissions

Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to serviceinlibrariesbook (at) gmail (dot) com.

Abstracts should briefly describe your topic and how your chapter examines the ethos of service in libraries in relation to identity, and/or a larger theoretical framework. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Material cannot be previously published.

Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range. Abstracts that discuss service in tribal college libraries, HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges, archives, special libraries, and libraries outside the United States are especially welcome.

Please direct any questions to Veronica Arellano Douglas and Joanna Gadsby, editors, at varellano (at) gmail (dot) com or jogadsby (at) gmail (dot) com.

About the Editors

Veronica Arellano Douglas is the Reference & Instruction Librarian and Instruction Coordinator at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her BA in English Literature from Rice University and MLIS from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include feminized labor in librarianship, intersectional librarian identity, critical information literacy and librarianship, feminist pedagogy, and relational theory.

Joanna Gadsby is the Instruction Coordinator & Reference Librarian at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds an MLIS from University of Maryland, College Park and an MEd from Loyola University. Her research interests include critical and constructivist pedagogies as well as issues that shape librarian identity.

CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Archival Organization

The Journal of Archival Organizations (JAO), a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis is looking to share information about special projects and initiatives relating to the value of Religious Archives for a special issue being planned for late 2018/early 2019. Here is more information regarding the publication and focus . . .

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials.

Articles on processing techniques and procedures, preparation of finding aids, and cataloging of archival and manuscript collections in accordance with MARC, AACR2, and other rules, standards, and cataloging conventions are only part of what is featured in this publication.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
Management and staffing issues relating to archival organizational functions; specifically, arrangement and description of historical records collections

  • Innovative approaches to methods of intellectual and physical access
  • Retrieval of historical records in information systems
  • Reviews of projects and procedures, standards, and issues in organizing archival collections for storage and onsite use and availability through the Internet
  • Innovations in Reading Rooms or reference practices that interact with the tools created through arrangement and description

For more information about this special issue please contact Alan Delozier at <Alan.Delozier@shu.edu>

Requests for Survey Participation

I haven’t done this for a while, but see below for students conducting research for school projects. Because these are emerging scholars, please help support them!

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My name is Brianna LoSardo and I am a graduate student in the Museum Professions program at Seton Hall University. My master’s thesis is about records management and information security in museums. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a short survey relating to records management practices in your institution. It should take about 5 minutes. Also feel free to pass this on to any other colleagues who may be interested. All survey responses will be kept anonymous and will only be used for the purpose of my research.

To access the survey, please use this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSEQtlbBxt0AbCnR_vCFfh7fDM9GFBjL6QGk2X6iwCuWmLeQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Thank you in advance for your help and participation. If there are any questions or technical difficulties with the survey, please contact me at Brianna.losardo@gmail.com.

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Hello archivists working in outreach, digital humanities, online tools, and/or user engagement!

I am a student in the MSLS program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducting research about online crowdsourcing projects and the ways that cultural heritage institutions assess their success.

If you’ve helped manage a project that uses volunteers to describe, transcribe, annotate, or curate materials online, I’d love to hear from you via an online survey. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes. Participation is voluntary and the survey is anonymous and no individual subject or personal identifying information will be shared.

The survey is available here: unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTOtKJPtquFKpEN Please (please!) feel free to share this survey link with others who have experience with these types of projects.

Thank you!
Emma Parker

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My name is Finley Trent and I am a graduate student in University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Master of Library and Information Studies program. I am conducting a research study about instruction in Special Collections & Archives, under the guidance of my faculty adviser, Dr. Anthony Chow. I am emailing to invite you to participate in this brief and anonymous electronic survey if you currently work in Special Collections & Archives or have in the past. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes or less. If you have any questions concerning this survey or study, please email me at fstrent@uncg.edu.
Click the link below to participate:
Thank you for your time,
Finley Trent

New/Recent Publications: Other

On the Interplay Between Search Behavior and Collections in Digital Libraries and Archives,” CHIIR ’18 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval
New Brunswick, NJ, USA — March 11 – 15, 2018
Tessel Bogaard

Descriptive Metadata for Web Archiving
OCLC Research Report

Archives Preppers: It’s Not the End of the World As We Know It! How to Survive an Anniversary through Digital Projects
Daardi Sizemore, Heidi J. Southworth, Anne Stenzel
Conference presentation, 2018 Library Technology Conference

Librarian/Faculty partnerships in using library special collections to teach information literacy
Paul C. Campbell, Miriam Intrator, Jennifer Fredette
(Presentation, Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, 2018)

LGBT-Activism in Audiovisual Archives: Curating Access and Reclaiming Visibility
Dagmar Brunow
(Presentation, Outing the Past 2018)

The Dräger Company Archives – Collecting, Preserving and Researching Remarkable Dräger Items, Photos and Documents to Save Them for Later Generations
Thomas Peyn, Stefan Linke
(Abstracts from the 9th International Symposium on the History of Anesthesia, 2017)