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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ACRL’s RBM Now Open Access

From Library Journal‘s Info Docket:

ACRL’s “RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage” Becomes an Open Access Publication

ACRL announces that its special collections and cultural heritage-focused journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage became an open access publication beginning with its Spring 2016 30th anniversary issue.

Read the full article.

New Catalog from Rowman & Littlefield

As I noted last week, I am trying to keep up to date more with book releases. Rowman & Littlefield released a new catalog. The bulk of the books are for museums, but there’s some archives in there as well. Note that it’s not all new books, but some new and others released within the past couple of years. Happy browsing!

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!

New Journal: Journal of New Librarianship

I’m momentarily breaking from this blog’s focus on archives publishing to share this CFP. Their description is pretty general, which I interpret as they are open to ideas. So who’s to say some of those ideas can’t be about archives? As many of us also have librarian duties, this journal may be a new opportunity to show that connection. Plus, it’s open access. They are also looking for editors and reviewers.

Call For Submissions: Journal of New Librarianship

May 11, 2016

The Journal of New Librarianship is pleased to announce that it is accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, anticipated for Fall 2016. Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews. Non-English content is welcome. Translation assistance is available for accepted works.

Authors must submit an abstract for all submissions. Authors must submit a cover letter. This should be uploaded as the “Supporting File” when submitted via Scholastica. The cover letter should include the origin of the project, whether it has been presented and if so where, and affirmation of its originality, veracity, and the author’s right to include all submitted material, data, and media. If the submission has been published or showcased publicly in any other manner (a blog post, as an uploaded YouTube video, etc) please include links to these as well as any notes about the circumstances and reception of the content. The cover letter should inform the editors of any time-related issues that should be considered. If material needs to be published that week to remain relevant, let us know. If it would be more relevant if published during a particular conference, let us know. We publish everything on a rolling basis, but hope to have all content be as timely as possible.

When submitting via Scholastica, authors will be asked to list potential reviewers who they deem to be appropriate, as well as any the editorial board should avoid. If the latter field is populated, please tell us in the cover letter (in broad strokes) why this is the case. The manuscript should be submitted in docx format only. For submissions which are not text-based, authors should submit an accompanying text document in the manuscript submission section of Scholastica, separate from the cover letter, which presents a textual presentation of the submission for the readership – something more detailed than your abstract, but not so much that it takes focus away from the primary submission.

Accompanying media of any kind should be submitted as separate files, which includes tables and images. The author is responsible for securing any rights required for the republication of any included media and for providing appropriate citations and/or rights statements. Media submissions may be submitted in two ways. If possible, please upload the media file to Scholastica via the “Supporting File” section. If the file is too large or the tool is otherwise not working, please email to make alternative arrangements.

Submissions may be published elsewhere at the author’s discretion. If they appear
elsewhere before they are submitted or during the publishing process, we ask that the author inform the editors. This will not impact the review process in any way. We just want to make sure we promote the work and give credit to wherever it might appear first as appropriate.

Recordings of interviews and conversations are welcome, and should be submitted with a verified transcript. All media in which someone other than the author is audible or visible must be submitted with appropriate release forms, or other documented evidence of the participants’ willingness to be involved.

Textual submissions should conform to APA 6th edition format wherever applicable.

New Issue: Archivaria

reposted from A&A listserv:

I’m very pleased to announce that Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016) is now available online to ACA members and subscribers. The print issue is in production and will be mailed shortly. In accordance with our rolling access window, Archivaria 73 (Spring 2012) is now available to all readers in the Main Collection.

Thank you to the Archivaria Editorial Team and the ACA Office for all their hard work on this issue.

Kind regards,
Jennifer Douglas, General Editor, Archivaria

Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016)
An Accidental Archive of the Old Durham Road: Reclaiming a Black Pioneer Settlement
Naomi Norquay
From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives
Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor
Romance Writers’ Use of Archives
Caryn Radick
Digitizing Archival Records: Benefits and Challenges for a Large Professional Accounting Association
Monica Kenely, Brad Potter, Brian West, Phillip Cobbin
and Steven Chang
Archiving Paul: Manuscripts, Religion, and the Editorial Shaping of Ancient Letter Collections
Gregory Fewster

Gordon Dodds Prize
Community Archives, Community Clouds: Enabling Digital Preservation for Small Archives
Grant Hurley

Book Reviews
Marcel Barriault
RICHARD RINEHART and JON IPPOLITO, Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
Amy Marshall Furness
CHERYL BEREDO, Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History
Aaron Gordon
JEAN DRYDEN, Demystifying Copyright: A Researcher’s Guide to Copyright in Canadian Libraries and Archives, 2nd ed.
Heather Martin
ALANA KUMBIER, Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archives
Rebecka Sheffield

Exhibition Review
No Little Plans: Alternative Building and Transportation Visions for Toronto. CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
Simon Patrick Rogers

New/Recent Books

This blog is about publishing, but much of the focus so far has been about journals. That fills a gap, as the journals provide reviews about books. I don’t plan on turning this blog into one for book reviews, but I want to provide information about books.

As I’ve thought about this, I realize the challenges of keeping up with what books come out and when. Recently I subscribed to email lists and RSS feeds from a few publishers. Also, my own research for my book leads me to discover more. So here’s a few that I learned of recently. This is not an endorsement of the quality of contents, just for information. Mostly, it’s a way for me to try to keep up-to-date on what’s out there.

Some of these are strictly archives-focused, some are a bit peripheral. I haven’t decided exact parameters for what I’ll include going forward, so there will be overlap with journal reviews. Most are very recent, though some are a few years old. Not all are “scholarly” (the focus of this blog), but I also think it’s important to showcase the broader world of books related to archives. And if you know of others, please send them my way. I hope you find this helpful.

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers. Rhonda L. Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller. Libraries Unlimited, 2016.

Paper: Paging Through History. Mark Kurlansky. W.W. Norton & Co., forthcoming.

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts. Simon Garfield. Gotham/Penguin, 2012.

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Years History. Nichoals A. Basbanes. Vintage, 2014.

Paper: An Elegy. Ian Sansom. HarperCollins, 2015.

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers. Tom Standage. Bloomsbury, 2014.

Sports History in the Digital Era. Edited by Gary Osmond and Murray G. Phillips. University of Illinois Press, 2015.

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. Moira J. Bent. Facet Publishing, 2016.