When is a Chapter Done?

I officially submitted my first chapter (yay!). I have chunks written for all the chapters, but am now focusing on finishing individual chapters rather than writing bits and pieces throughout.

Finishing a chapter is a challenge, because how do I know when it’s actually done? It’s easy to keep tweaking, to check “just one” more article or book, and to wordsmith every sentence. There are definitely parts that I don’t consider quite done, but at this point I need feedback before I finalize. My rationale is that I don’t want to spend extensive time on a certain section if it will be removed or I need to take it in another direction.

This is a different process from writing an article, which needs to be very solid before submission (though editing and feedback will occur). The AFS series editor provides feedback throughout the whole book process, which is extremely helpful. I included notes and questions about my thought process, as well as specific parts I want advice. As I wrote previously, writing and feedback is a conversation. An editor’s review raises points I didn’t consider, and answers the questions I have.

There’s no particular way to know when a chapter is done. Truly, no chapter will be officially done until the book goes to press. Right now, it’s when what I’m doing is more tweaking and refining, instead of writing. While I want the language to be professional and clear, at some point a copyeditor will refine the text for consistency and to meet SAA’s standards. I strive to achieve those standards, but I also recognize that a fresh review will fix what I overlook. Plus, setting it aside for a while will give me a new perspective when I receive feedback and go to revise it.

It is a good feeling to officially have one chapter done, though I have several to go. It’s progress, and motivation to move on to the next chapter. Writing a book is a slow and long process, but it’s definitely moving along.

CFP: Journal of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Read the call online.

Reminder: Call for Papers: Journal of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, Issue no. 47

Important Dates

November 14, 2016: Full article submission deadline
December 20, 2016: Journal release

General Call for Papers

IASA Journal invites proposals covering general topics of interest to the sound and audiovisual archives communities throughout the world. Articles, reviews, essays, and technical documents are welcome.

Issue no. 47 special considerations:

We encourage submissions that respond to critical issues for audiovisual archives today:

* Degradation in legacy physical collections, especially magnetic carriers
* Obsolescence of playback equipment and strategies for acquiring spare parts for playback machines
* Selecting sustainable and compatible target codecs and wrappers for A-to-D video reformatting projects
* The proliferation of born-digital audiovisual formats and codecs
* Planning for the necessary technical infrastructure needed to ingest and manage the large digital collections being created and acquired at sound and audiovisual archives worldwide
* Intellectual property rights
* Metadata strategies for time-based media objects
* Providing meaningful and useful access to sound and audiovisual collections for researchers of all kinds and in all locations

Please consider submitting an article covering one of these topics or the results of independent research that would be of interest to the IASA membership and the international audiovisual archives community.

The IASA Journal is a peer-reviewed publication. All submissions must include (1) a separate title page with submitter’s name(s) and institution(s), and (2) a Word document or plain text submission of the proposed article (please do not include the submitter’s name on any part of this document).

Submissions may be in French, German, Spanish, or English. Supporting images can be sent as digital images in GIF, JPEG, PDF, PNG,
 or TIFF formats.

Please submit articles no later than November 14, 2016, via email to the editor: editor@iasa-web.org(link sends e-mail).

Information for authors

1. Soft copy as a .doc file for text should be submitted with minimal formatting.
2. Illustrations (photographs, diagrams, tables, maps, etc) may be submitted as low resolution files placed in the .doc file AND high-resolution versions for publication must also be sent separately as attachments.
3. Use footnotes not endnotes.
4. References should be listed at the end of the article in alphabetic order and chronologically for each author and should adhere to the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of
Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html(link is external)).
5. Authors are encouraged to submit original research or to develop their conference 
presentations into more detailed accounts and/or arguments for publication in the journal. In principle, articles should be no longer than 5,000 words.

Information for advertisers

Enquiries about advertising should be sent to the Editor (editor@iasa-web.org(link sends e-mail)). Current rates can be seen on the website at http://www.iasa-web.org/iasa-journal-advertising.

Please contact editor@iasa-web.org(link sends e-mail) with any questions.

Thanks, and best —

Bertram Lyons, Editor, IASA Journal

New Issue: Archival Science

December 2016, Volume 16, Issue 4

Stories of impact: the role of narrative in understanding the value and impact of digital collections
Diana E. Marsh, Ricardo L. Punzalan, Robert Leopold, Brian Butler

Trusted by whom? TDRs, standards culture and the nature of trust
Greg Bak

Recordkeeping professionals’ understanding of and justification for functional classification: Finnish public sector organizational context
Saara Packalé

Digital curation beyond the “wild frontier”: a pragmatic approach
Costis Dallas

New Issue: Information & Culture

Information & Culture Volume 51, Issue 4, Fall 2016


The History, Geography, and Economics of America’s Early Computer Clusters, Part 2: Explanations
Florencia Garcia-Vicente, Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, and Martin Campbell-Kelly

Technological Innovation, Commercialization, and Regional Development: Computer Graphics in Utah, 1965–1978
James R. Lehning

Blurred Lines: National Security and the Civil-Military Struggle for Control of Telecommunications Policy during World War II
Jonathan Reed Winkler

The Trial of Francisco Bilbao and Its Role in the Foundation of Latin American Journalism
Pablo Calvi

The Book and the Rocket: The Symbiotic Relationship between American Public Libraries and the Space Program, 1950–2015
Brett Spencer

Out of Control: Telephone Networks, Visual Documents, and Management of Business Conversations at Renault, 1911–1939
Alain P. Michel

Please participate in NISO Publications Portfolio Survey

I received this email and while it’s not necessarily about scholarly publishing per se, I encourage anyone interested to participate. It’s great when publishers ask for input!

NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, is undertaking a substantive review of our publications portfolio to determine our best focus and attention in the future. To help us fully understand the broader impacts of the various standards, recommended practices, technical reports, white papers and other documents that NISO has published, we want include as much community input to this process as possible.

All community members are invited to participate in our publications portfolio survey athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/niso-portfolio. The survey will be open throughNovember 20.

NISO publishes several types of documents:
  • Standards: The most formal, “fixed” documents that NISO publishes, providing rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results. ANSI/NISO standards are approved by the American National Standards Institute and represent the highest form of stakeholder consensus.
  • Recommended Practices: “best practices” or “guidelines” for methods, materials, or practices in order to give guidance to the user. These documents usually represent a leading edge, exceptional model, or a proven industry practice.
  • Technical Reports: provide useful information about a particular topic, but do not make specific recommendations about practices to follow. They are thus “descriptive” rather than “prescriptive” in nature.
  • White Papers, Primers, etc.: contributed or solicited papers whose purpose is a call for action, a position paper, or an educational treatise on a specific issue.
Your input to this survey, which will solicit your knowledge and attitudes about our varied publications, sorted by type, would be gratefully received. More than one representative from an organization may fill it out, as we recognize that there may be various perspectives represented, and we appreciate these! We anticipate that it will take 20-25 minutes to fill out the survey. You may pause the survey and come back to it at a later time, if you are using the same computer and browser.

Thank you for your help. Please feel free to email any questions to nisohq@niso.org

New Issue: Archives and Records

Volume 37, Issue 2, Autumn 2016


‘A permanent house for local archives’: a case study of a community’s archives in County Offaly
Lisa Collins Shortall

Building an archivist: exploring career paths in our profession since 2008 (an Irish perspective)
Sarah Poutch

Do-it-yourself institutions of popular music heritage: the preservation of music’s material past in community archives, museums and halls of fame
Sarah Baker

Records of the times: layers of creation in the George Orwell archive
David Fitzpatrick

Declassification: a clouded environment
Julia Kastenhofer & Dr Shadrack Katuu

Thinking about and working with archives and records: a personal reflection on theory and practice
Alistair G. Tough

Book Reviews

Her price is above pearls: family and farming records of Alice Le Strange, 1617–1656
Robert F. W. Smith

The no-nonsense guide to archives and recordkeeping
Caroline Sampson

Archives in libraries: what librarians and archivists need to know to work together
Tola Dabiri

Archives alive: expanding engagement with public library archives and special collections
Barbara McLean

The religious census of Bristol and Gloucestershire 1851
Tim Powell

The preservation management handbook: a 21st century guide for libraries, archives and museums
Chris Woods

Is digital different? How information creation, capture, preservation and discovery are being transformed
Anthea Seles

The ethics of memory in a digital age: interrogating the right to be forgotten
Tim Gollins

Encoded archival description tag library, version EAD3
Jane Stevenson

Stolen, smuggled, sold: on the hunt for cultural treasures
Susan Healy

Stirrings in the archives: order from disorder
Alexandrina Buchanan


Constance Brodie (1922–2015)
Susan Beckley & George Dixon

Patricia Margaret Sewell (1961–2016)
Alan Betteridge

New/Recent Books

Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities, edited by Gabriele Griffin and Matt Hayler

Enchanting the Desert, by Nicholas Bauch.

Knowledge Machines Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities By Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder

Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content, edited by Kenneth J. Varnum, contains at least 3 chapters that involve archives: “Exploring Discovery at Rosenberg Library” by Louise M. Kidder; “Using Blacklight for Archival discovery” by Adam Wead and Jennie Thomas; “Regional Aggregation and Discovery of Digital Collections: Mountain West Digital Library” by Anna Neatrour, Rebekah Cummings, and Sandra McIntyre.

The New Librarianship Field Guide, by R. David Lankes

Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals, by David Stuart

Introduction to Metadata, 3rd edition, Getty Research Institute

Historical Archives and the Historians’ Commission to Investigate the Armenian Events of 1915, by  YÜCEL GÜÇLÜ. (from description: This study encourages further engagement between the policy-making and the scholarly communities by indicating the continued importance of past records and documents for today’s pressing debates. In order to give a fuller picture, this survey also looks at some major relevant archival sources outside Turkey, including the state of archives of the First Republic of Armenia and those of the Dashnak Party.)

Start With the Future and Work Back: A Heritage Management Manifesto, by Bruce Weindruch

Linked Data for Cultural Heritage, edited by Ed Jones and Michele Seikel