New Article: Journal of Western Archives

The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the availability of a new archival by Cyndi Shein and Emily Lapworth entitled “Say Yes to Digital Surrogates: Strengthening the Archival Record in the Postcustodial Era.” It is well worth reading. You can check it out at

Gordon Daines

J. Gordon Daines III
Editor, Journal of Western Archives
Supervisor of Reference Services
Department Chair
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

New Issue: African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science

abstracts available:

Vol 26, No 1 (2016)

Table of Contents


Novel and Fundamental Advances in Digital Technologies for Managing Information and Knowledge
Stephen Mutula

Visibility of University of Zululand and Moi University Researchers in Web of Science and Scopus from 2003 to 2013
Dennis N. Ocholla, Janneke Mostert, Daniel C. Rotich

Research Support and Open Access: Notes from Nigeria
Noah Oluwafemi Samuel

Integrated Library System Implementation: The Bowen University Library Experience with Koha Software
Ayoku A. Ojedokun, Grace O.O. Olla, Samuel A. AdigunComputer Anxiety and Computer

Self-Efficacy in Computer-Based Tests in Selected Universities in South-West Nigeria
Williams Nwagwu, Olukunle Adebayo

An Evaluation of a Donor Funded Information and Communication Technology Centre in a South Africa Indigenous Community: Reflections on the Bhamshela Telecentre
Ken Chisa, Ruth Hoskins

User Perceptions about Archives at the Lutheran Theological Institute Library, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Francis Garaba

A Comparative Analysis of Library and Information Science Master’s Degree Programmes in Uganda and USA
Dianah Twinoburyo Kacunguzi

New Article: JCAS

(from Facebook post)

We are pleased to announce publication of a new article: “The Wild West No More: Preserving 40 Years of Electronic Records at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center,” by Tyler G. Cline.

In the summer of 2014, the American Heritage Center undertook a project to migrate all born-digital records to a secure server, thereby creating the means to provide access to the material. The author explores the project which largely eliminating the backlog of born-digital collection material and making those records available for use to all.

New Issue: Comma

[note: articles available through membership or subscription. abstracts of articles are available.]

Comma Volume: 2015, Number: 1 (May 2016) is now available online.

Comma, International Journal on Archives is the chief serial publication of the International Council on Archives. Comma strives to be of value to a broader readership beyond the ICA membership and the archival profession at large. You can keep up to date with the journal by clicking here to sign up to new issue alerts, and can learn more about the title at its website page here.



La maltraitance archivistique : élément du dysfonctionnement de l’administration et de l’État. Le cas du Bénin
Alphonse Labitan

Le service éducatif des Archives nationales du Bénin au service de l’enseignant et de l’apprenant
Léontine Hounnou Aballo

De l’expérience de collecte d’archives privées au Burkina Faso
Hamidou Diallo

La situation des archives au Burundi, des origines à nos jours
Nicodème Nyandwi

L’environnement des archives au Cameroun
Michael Ngwanyi

Exhumer les vestiges de la colonisation. Les archives coloniales belges et leur histoire
Bérengère Piret

Les Archives de l’Afrique Équatoriale Française
Brice Isinove Owabira

État Civil et archives en Côte d’Ivoire
Venance Bahi Gouro

Les archives publiques au Gabon de la fin de la période coloniale à nos jours
Jérôme Angoune Nzoghe

L’évolution de la fonction Archives au Niger
Habou Boukari

De « l’Exception sénégalaise » à la « Mémoire partagée »
Fatoumata Cissé Diarra

Les Archives nationales du Sénégal d’hier à aujourd’hui : problématique de la conservation
Ndéye Marème Diallo

L’expérience des services régionaux d’archives au Sénégal après trente ans d’existence
Mohamed Lamine Kane

Un autre regard sur les archives en Afrique
Jean-Pierre Delva


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How I Write

I have several posts that address writing. The most important point is to write, write, write. So how to write? There is, of course, no one answer. Everyone has different methods, discipline, style, etc. Each person must decide what works best for him/her.

Writing is a process. One needs to figure out what process works best for him/her. MIT has a good outline of the process, as does the Purdue OWL, and here’s a fun little video. The process is difficult, time-consuming, and challenging. But it’s also rewarding, confidence-building, and achievable.

My process, if it can be called that, is to write in a scattered way. Meaning, I’ll spend some time writing about reference interviews, the next day perhaps I’ll write about ethics, then the next day I’ll write about research methods. There isn’t necessarily a rhyme or reason, but that works for me. Some authors succeed at writing in a linear fashion, but I learned a long time ago that does not work for me and only causes stress and angst. I succeed more at jumping around to different topics.

Part of why this happens is that I’ll be reading a book about all aspects of reference and I want to make notes in different sections and chapters of my book. I’ll jump around so I don’t lose or forget those thoughts. It’s more important for me to get ideas and thoughts down, even if they are a bit jumbled, so that I can go back and revise it into coherence.

One hurdle I overcame while writing my dissertation was to not attempt perfect writing (see above resources). At first, I got stuck on trying to make a sentence perfect and I spent too much time on that sentence/paragraph that I lost thoughts and ideas. Most of the writing process is actually editing and revising, so struggling at the beginning to be perfect causes frustration and stress. The more one writes, the better it will become over time. There are many variations of the quote “There’s no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.” Plus, an editor will always change, edit, suggest, and revise.

To someone else reading it, my writing appears very jumbled. Sometimes I write full sentences, but I also write thoughts, ideas, questions, notes, and quotes. When reading, I’ll find a good quote, copy and cite it. Later, I’ll decide which quotes are appropriate in full, which can be combined, which can be deleted, which should be a footnote mention only, and which I’ll revise into my own words (keeping proper citations, of course).

Much of my early drafts are notes: include this idea, don’t forget to talk about that, brief outlines, asking myself questions, and lists of topics. It’s more important to me to get those thoughts down than to flush out every idea. I find it much easier to write through revision than try to achieve complete and coherent writing at the beginning.

Other times, I’ll just write. One tip I learned while writing my dissertation was to cover my monitor so I couldn’t see my spelling and grammatical mistakes. I did this in 15 minute chunks over many days. This was a great help to get me started and to just get the ideas written. Over time, I no longer cover my monitor but I still use that tactic. It’s gratifying to do this because I see the page numbers continue to increase, which makes me more motivated to continue.

I can’t emphasize enough to dispel the idea of writing perfectly. Just Google “there’s no such thing as perfect writing” and you will see that every author abides by it. Overcoming that obstacle takes time, but is most liberating. So go forth and write!