Seeking Expression of Interest: Archives & Manuscripts

for any Australian readers:

Seeking Expressions of Interest Standing Committee on Archives & Manuscripts

The current contract for publication of ASA’s scholarly journal Archives and Manuscripts is scheduled to expire in December 2018. On 13 May 2016, Council decided that it would undertake a member consultation and business analysis of options for the future publication of Archives and Manuscripts. A Standing Committee of professional members is to be established for this purpose, tasked with advising the Council. Council is seeking expressions of interest from interested members in the position(s) of Committee Member, and Chair of the Committee.

A&M is the leading peer-reviewed archival journal published in the Australasian region and has been published continuously since 1955. Since it began life in the 1950s as a publication of the Archives Section of the Australian Library Association, Archives & Manuscripts has evolved from a printed industry journal to a peer reviewed academic publication published in hard copy, and online, as part of the Taylor & Francis stable of academic publications. Changes to the market place and modes of academic publication, suggest that a major review should be undertaken with input from major stakeholders including ASA members, academics and others.

Read the full announcement.

Open Positions: Primary Source


The Society of Mississippi Archivists is currently transitioning its open access semiannual journal, The Primary Source, to peer review. As part of that process, we have two positions open on the editorial board. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic group of fellow archivists to make a significant contribution to the field of archival science. These editors will serve a one year term, renewable every April, in which they solicit submissions, liaise with peer reviewers and article contributors, and make decisions on article fitness for review and acceptance in the journal.

If interested, please send a CV and a statement of interest to Derek Webb at First consideration will go to candidates who send their information by July 25.

Derek Webb | University Archivist | Mississippi University for Women

Open Positions: JCAS


The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS), a peer-reviewed online journal hosted by Yale University and New England Archivists, seeks an Associate Editor and a Marketing Associate. All interested candidates should apply by August 1, 2016. See below for details.

JCAS‘s mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, and serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. JCAS publishes research articles, case studies, literature reviews (book, web-based, multimedia), work-in-progress articles, and conference reports that emphasize unique intellectual and technological developments in the archival profession. JCAS is an open-access, online academic journal published via the Berkeley Electronic Press Digital Commons platform.

The Associate Editor collaborates with the Managing Editor in soliciting, selecting, and developing content for the journal. The Associate Editor reviews assigned submissions and oversees the peer review process for them: reading and evaluating reports submitted by peer reviewers and recommending to the Managing Editor whether the manuscripts should be accepted for publication, accepted for publication with revisions, or rejected for publication. The Associate Editor participates in outreach programming whenever possible and assists in the solicitation of submissions on an ongoing basis. This person will serve a term of three years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

The Marketing Associate generates and oversees all publicity, networking, and liaison work for the journal’s social media presence. The Marketing Associate manages all incoming and outgoing communications and coordinates outreach events with the NEA Communications Committee. This person will serve a term of two years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and a short cover letter for consideration by the NEA Executive Board. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2016. Applications and questions should be directed to NEA Immediate Past President Colin Lukens:

New England Archivists
Communications Committee

New Issue: Practical Technology for Archives

We are pleased to announce the publication of Issue no.6 of Practical Technology for Archives.

In this issue we have three excellent articles, one on dealing with born-digital material on disposable media, one about incorporating a file-renaming program into a digitization workflow to make the files easier to repurpose, and another on a program for searching an institutions server to locate files that should either be deleted or archived.

If you have an idea or proposal for Issue no.7, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

All the Best,
Randall Miles,
Managing Editor

CFP: College & Undergraduate Libraries

I saw this call come through and while the word “librarian” is everywhere in it, “archivist” is not. However, they mention things like data curation, preservation and access of DH projects, and other aspects that either archivists could (or should) have a say in, archivists with librarian duties may be involved with, or of interest to archivists with interest in digital humanities. Hope someone out there is interested in contributing!


The redefinition of humanities scholarship has received major attention in higher education over the past few years. The advent of digital humanities has challenged many aspects of academic librarianship. With the acknowledgement that librarians must be a necessary part of this scholarly conversation, the challenges facing subject/liaison librarians, technical service librarians, and library administrators are many. Developing the knowledge base of digital tools, establishing best procedures and practices, understanding humanities scholarship, managing data through the research lifecycle, teaching literacies (information, data, visual) beyond the one-shot class, renegotiating the traditional librarian/faculty relationship as ‘service orientated,’ and the willingness of library and institutional administrators to allocate scarce resources to digital humanities projects while balancing the mission and priorities of their institutions are just some of the issues facing librarians as they reinvent themselves in the digital humanities sphere.


College & Undergraduate Libraries, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, invites proposals for articles to be published in the fall of 2017. The issue will be co-edited by Kevin Gunn ( of the Catholic University of America and Jason Paul ( of St. Olaf College.

The issue will deal with the digital humanities in a very broad sense, with a major focus on their implications for the roles of academic librarians and libraries as well as on librarianship in general. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to, the following themes, issues, challenges, and criticism:

  • Developing the project development mindset in librarians
  • Creating new positions and/or cross-training issues for librarians
  • Librarian as: point-of-service agent, an ongoing consultant, or as an embedded project librarian
  • Developing managerial and technological competencies in librarians
  • Administration support (or not) for DH endeavors in libraries
  • Teaching DH with faculty to students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty
  • Helping students working with data
  • Managing the DH products of the data life cycle
  • Issues surrounding humanities data collection development and management
  • Relationships of data curation and digital libraries in DH
  • Issues in curation, preservation, sustainability, and access of DH data, projects, and products
  • Linked data, open access, and libraries
  • Librarian and staff development for non-traditional roles
  • Teaching DH in academic libraries
  • Project collaboration efforts with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty
  • Data literacy for librarians
  • The lack of diversity of librarians and how it impacts DH development
  • Advocating and supporting DH across the institution
  • Developing institutional repositories for DH
  • Creating DH scholarship from the birth of digital objects
  • Consortial collaborations on DH projects
  • Establishing best practices for dh labs, networks, and services
  • Assessing, evaluating, and peer reviewing DH projects and librarians.

Articles may be theoretical or ideological discussions, case studies, best practices, research studies, and opinion pieces or position papers.

Proposals should consist of an abstract of up to 500 words and up to six keywords describing the article, together with complete author contact information. Articles should be in the range of 20 double-spaced pages in length. Please consult the following link that contains instructions for authors:

Please submit proposals to Kevin Gunn ( by August 17, 2016; please do not use Scholar One for submitting proposals. First drafts of accepted proposals will be due by February 1, 2017 with the issue being published in the fall of 2017. Feel free to contact the editors with any questions that you may have.

Kevin Gunn, Catholic University of America
Jason Paul, St. Olaf College

New Journal: KULA

I saw this announcement on the A&A listserv a couple weeks ago. I’m curious how the content will shape up and how much will be archives-related. There’s definite potential and I hope archivists consider contributing.

Inaugural Call for Papers – Spring 2016

KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, meant to encourage the formation of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars studying human knowledge processes through the ages, concerned to understand their role in the full sweep of human civilizations, and to project them into the future from both humanistic and technological perspectives. KULA has no author publication charges and articles will be published on a continuous basis.

KULA derives its name from the Sanskrit word meaning “community.” Kula is also a reference to the Pacific Rim Terrane called the “Kula Plate” from which Vancouver Island, Canada was formed millions of years ago and is where KULA is based at the University Libraries of the University of Victoria.

KULA will publish articles related to the past, present, and future of Citizen Science; Cultural Heritage; Cultural Heritage Informatics; Culture of Researchers; Data Sharing; Digital Archaeology; Digital Asset Management; Digital Curation; Digital Humanities; Digital Infrastructure; Digital Libraries; Digital Methods; Digital Preservation/ Curation; Digital Repositories; Digital Scholarship; Digitization; Emulation; Humanities Computing; Inclusive Design; Information Systems; Institutional and Policy Design; Knowledge & Research Infrastructures; Knowledge for Development; Knowledge Infrastructure; Knowledge Representation and Reasoning; Linked Data; Literary Studies; Media Studies; Multi-Institutional Collaboration; Open Access; Open Access Publishing; Open Scholarship; Open Science; Open Social Scholarship; Peer-Review Systems; Professionalization; Publishing Technologies; Research Assessment; Research Data Management; Research Libraries; Scholarly Communication; Scholarly Editing; Search and Discovery; Semantic Extraction; Social Exclusion; Social Knowledge; Sustainability Models; System Analysis and Design.

New Articles: Routledge Information Technology Journals

The list of journals I maintain contains ones where the primary focus is archives. I’m not sure how to keep up with other journals that sometimes publish archives-related content, but I’ll post it when I see it. A Routledge email newsletter announced several open access research articles.

They are all information technology articles, and some may only be peripherally relevant to archives. I saw two archives-specific articles: “Archival Appraisal and the Digital Record: Applying Past Tradition for Future Practice” and “A Digital Archive of Cultural Heritage Objects: Standardized Metadata and Annotation Categories.”

It’s great to see archives content in other journals, and I hope to see more!

Call for Volunteer: AA Reviews Portal

from the SAA website:

WANTED: Coordinator of The American Archivist Reviews Portal

Do you have more than a passing familiarity with the latest archives and information management technology? The Society of American Archivists invites applications for the position of Coordinator of The American Archivist Reviews Portal. The portal includes information about professional products and services, and the reviews complement and expand on content published in the reviews section of The American Archivist. This is a volunteer position and works directly under the supervision of the Reviews Editor. For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline: July 1.