Books About Writing: Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing

Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing, Robert Boice, 1990

Though this book is nearly 30 years old, much of the content is very relevant to anyone needing guidance about the writing process. Boice describes the components of how to start and continue writing.

The book is truly a self-help guide in that there are questions to help one assess personal challenges to writing, and exercises to establish productive strategies. He describes various types, such as spontaneous and generative writing. He also delves into why writers struggle: anxiety, lack of confidence, procrastination, inability to start or finish, and other psychological issues.

Boice’s manual is prescriptive, as it promotes a specific agenda to become a productive writer. Many authors, especially new or those who are required to write (e.g. for tenure) will find it helpful if they are continually challenged to make time for writing. Though mostly prescriptive, any writer can read it and glean tips that can be adapted to various writing processes.

CFP: Reference Services Review special issue Library Services for People with Disabilities

This call does not specifically mention archives, but it is a chance to share what the archival profession is doing.


Reference Services Review is seeking authors to write on the theme of library support for people with disabilities in any type of setting, in any country.  Examples of topics include (but are not restricted to):

  • Collaborations to promote services for people with disabilities in the community, schools, campuses, assisted living centers, or other settings
  • Library collections and formats to support services for people with disabilities
  • Library outreach to people with disabilities
  • Incorporating services for people with disabilities into training or education programs conducted by librarians
  • Virtual library services for people with disabilities
  • Compliance with ADA, web accessibility, service/support animals, other standards (in library buildings or online)
  • Research or assessment of accessibility/disability issues & libraries
  • Establishing a library environment that welcomes and enables access for all
  • Advocacy efforts to promote social justice and library access for people with disabilities
  • Adaptive technology, including emerging technologies, in libraries
  • Relevant library staff training (awareness, etiquette, culture)
  • Recruiting and supporting differently-abled library staff
  • Enabling and promoting access to digital collections for people with disabilities
  • Sources and means of securing funding to support relevant collections and services in libraries
  • Literature review of existing publications dealing with library and collection accessibility for persons with disabilities

Proposals/abstracts are due by email: November 15, 2017

The theme issue, Volume 46 Issue 3, will be published in August 2018.
Manuscripts will be due by March 15.
Submitted manuscripts are evaluated using a double-blind peer review process.
Authors may expect to work on revisions during late April / early May.
Final manuscripts will be due May 15, 2018.

Send proposals/abstracts or inquiries to:

Anna Ercoli Schnitzer (, Disability Issues and Outreach Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan and
Theresa Arndt (, Associate Director Library Resources & Administration, Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College.

Reference Services Review (RSR) is a quarterly, refereed journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference services.  RSR covers all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, development and management of teaching/learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives.

RSR prepares its readers to understand and embrace current and emerging technologies affecting reference functions, instructional services and information needs of library users. RSR also contains important literature guides on cultural, social, economic, political, and environmental issues, especially those which reflect a global, international perspective.  More details about the journal, including author guidelines are at:

Call for Book Chapters: Social Justice and Activism in Libraries, Moving Beyond Diversity to Action

Book Publisher: McFarland

Su Epstein, Ph.D., co-editor. Director, Saxton B. Little Free Library, Columbia, Connecticut
Carol Smallwood, co-editor. Public Library Systems, Special, School Librarian, Michigan
Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, sharing how to take the concept of diversity to the next level. The role librarians can play in social justice and social change, activities supporting tolerance in libraries. Topics could be inclusivity, tolerance, civic engagement, civic education, human rights, social responsibility; in the areas of collection development, programming, professional development, partnerships and outreach—just to name a few.

One author or two or three authors per chapter. Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters: author discount on more copies. Contributors are expected to sign a release form in order to be published. Public, school and special librarians, LIS instructors are especially encouraged to submit.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapters each described in a few sentences by November 30, 2017, brief bio on each author; place TOL, LAST NAME on subject line to:

New Calls and Content: Newsletters

Archival History News

The official newsletter of the Archival History Section of the Society of American Archivists, Archival History News has released its first posts during Archives Month! Featuring excellent writing and the most up-to-date information, Archival History News communicates the value of archival history to a broad public, through the publication of ongoing research, biographical notes, book reviews, and announcements. In its inaugural posts, Archival History News reflects on SAA annual meeting (held this past July in Portland), the first incarnation of theArchival History Roundtable’s Newsletter, and the 90 year anniversary of Norfolk Public Library’s Special Collections.
Consider submitting your piece to Archival History News! The newsletter’s scope is flexible and first-time submitters are always welcome.

Send contributions to Find out more about publishing guidelines and other details at:


Read the September 2017 issue of CARBICA News.

Society of California Archivists Newsletter
The SCA newsletter is seeking articles and notices about your activities and accomplishments for the Winter issue.

Please review all submission guidelines online:


NEA Newsletter

Attention archivists, students, and repositories in the New England area:

The NEA Newsletter is currently seeking articles about your activities and accomplishments for the January 2018 issue of the NEA Newsletter. The Newsletter relies entirely on entries from members, so please share your news with the archives community; we love to know what everyone is up to!

Past entries have included announcements about newly processed collections, new acquisitions, renovations and expansions, grants received, project updates, exhibit openings, student activities, photographs from collections, and internship opportunities. However, anything of interest to the archives community is welcome!

You can also add an item to our calendar of upcoming events (events, workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia, etc).

Please limit your news item to around 150 words, or your calendar entry to around 25 words, and be sure to include your repository name, location, and a phone number or email address at the end of the piece.

We appreciate the time and thought you put into your writing, and thank you for adding your voice!

Send submissions by 11/15/17 to:

New/Recent Scholarship: Various Publications

A collaborative web platform for sound archives management and analysis” Web Audio Conference WAC-2017
Thomas Fillon and Guillaume Pellerin

Becoming a Co-archivist. ReDoing Archival Practices for Democratising the Access to and Participation in Archives
Elisabet M. Nilssona and Sofie Marie Ottsen Hansenb

NASA’s Long-Term Astrophysics Data Archives
L. Rebull, V. Desai, H. Teplitz, S. Groom, R. Akeson, G. B. Berriman, G. Helou, D. Imel, J. M. Mazzarella, A. Accomazzi, T. McGlynn, A. Smale, and R. White

NDP at Three Report
Institute of Museum and Library Services

‘Civil disobedience’ in the Archive: Documenting women’s activism and experience through the Sheffield Feminist Archive
Sadler, R. and Cox, A.M

ETH Zurich’s Collections and Archives: Scientific Heritage for Future Research
Habel, Thilo; Wiederkehr, Stefan

Bridging Fan Communities and Facilitating Access to Music Archives through Semantic Audio Applications” Audio Engineering Society E-Library
Wilmering, Thomas; Thalmann, Florian; Fazekas, György; Sandler, Mark B.

Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation 2017: An NDSA Report
Contributors: Winston Atkins, Carol Kussmann, Katherine Kim

CFP: VIEW Journal on “Using Television’s Material Heritage”

The medium of television is responsible for a huge accumulation of redundant objects: old TV sets and VTRs (and the tables to put them on), superseded production equipment and software, videotape and film that is no longer useable. This raises various questions, from practical to historiographical and methodological ones.

What are we to do with this accumulation of objects, many of which are not easily recycled?  How do we approach these objects as historical records? What tools and research practices do we need to go beyond the written cultures of television and address its non-discursive experiences? How do we articulate historical narratives that may emerge out of television’s non-discursive past? What histories do these objects tell, other than what’s already been documented and preserved in written and audiovisual archives?

It is not enough simply to document these objects. They are the silent witnesses to television’s history, and so can be made to speak again. This issue of VIEW will explore the many attempts that are taking place to preserve, reuse, engage with and study the objects from television’s material heritage. There are many issues involved here:

  • museum practice in an age of shrinking budgets;
  • the status of enthusiasts and their collections;
  • the hidden ecological impact of TV industries;
  • the ways that ‘redundant’ production equipment can often be used effectively well after its ‘use-by’ date by those with access to few resources;
  • television objects as historical records;
  • historiographical challenges posed by doing history with objects;
  • different approaches to studying and writing about television objects;
  • hands-on television research

VIEW’s online platform allows authors to engage with different ways of narrativising television’s past through the use of video and sound recordings as well as written accounts. Contributors are especially encouraged to experiment and engage with multi-media presentations of histories from objects and hands-on television research.


Contributions are encouraged from authors with different kinds of expertise and interests in media studies, television and media history.

Paper proposals (max. 500 words) are due on January 15, 2018. Submissions should be sent to the managing editor of the journal, Dana Mustata. A notice of acceptance will be sent to authors by mid-February 2018.

Articles (3 – 6,000 words) will be due on May 15, 2018. Longer articles are welcome, given that they comply with the journal’s author guidelines.

About VIEW Journal

See for the current and back issues. VIEW is supported by the EUscreen Network and published by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Utrecht University, Royal Holloway University of London, and University of Luxembourg. VIEW is proud to be an open access journal. All articles are indexed through the Directory of Open Access Journals, the EBSCO Film and Television Index, Paperity and NARCIS.

Contact Info:

For further information or questions about the issue, please contact its co-editors John Ellis and Dana Mustata.

Contact Email:

Books About Writing: Air & Light & Time & Space

There are seemingly countless books about writing. When I was writing my dissertation, my adviser shared that when he was in grad school and starting his dissertation, he participated in writing workshops and read much about writing. He also said that one can use these resources to help with writing, but it is also possible that spending too much time on them can hinder the process. Meaning, too much effort to learn about writing does not replace writing itself.

However, many of us need something to jump start writing, overcome writer’s block, or to gain some helpful tips to continue. I’ve been looking through books about writing, not just for myself but to have ideas to recommend to others who are interested. I’m not reading them in their entirety, but skimming them to see if they are helpful for those writing in our profession.

I’m going to start posting some brief reviews about books that I hope you will find helpful.

Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen Sword
I came across this book when reading a blog that recommends books about academic writing (sorry, can’t remember where). It is an easy read, and I read the first few chapters fairly quickly.

This isn’t a book to keep on hand all the time, but instead one to look at as you start writing, whether a new or seasoned writer. Sword introduces a framework that any writer can customize to his or her own style. She specifically states this book provides no “ready-made blueprint,” but a flexible approach to planning and understanding one’s individual process. She describes the framework as four habits: behavioral, artisanal, social, and emotional. All writers have these, it’s a matter of discovering them within themselves.

Much of Sword’s book is a compilation of writers’ descriptions of their practices based on interviews she conducted. These vignettes offer ideas as well as comfort; many writers share their struggles and how they overcome them (or try to).

Because I struggle with writing (as most of us do), I appreciate the concepts to help me identify how I can think about writing through assessing my habits and how to make them work for me. I especially like that it is not a strict prescription for writing, that it has something different for everyone.

Call for Survey Participants

***Seeking ArchivesSpace Users***


My colleagues at the University of Minnesota and I are working on a series of articles for publication about our experience implementing ArchivesSpace. As such, we’d like to compare our experience with other ArchivesSpace community members via a web-based survey.

Survey Details:
– The survey should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete depending on length of any long-form answers.
– You may start, stop, and return to the survey at any time that the survey is open.
– All responses will be anonymized for research purposes and the dataset will be made available on request for future studies.
– No questions are required and we ask that you complete the sections that are applicable to your specific institution.
– Please try to limit responses to one respondent per institution.

If you’d like to participate in this survey, please go to:

If you have any questions about the survey or subsequent research, please contact Amanda Wick at


Amanda Wick, Archivist
Special Collections and Rare Books
Charles Babbage Institute (Interim)
University of Minnesota Libraries
222 – 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tel: 612-625-4867

CFP: “E-Resource Round Up” column – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

This call does not specify archives, but as there are many electronic resources of archival collections and primary sources, this is an opportunity for archival outreach.


This is a call for contributions to the “E-Resource Round Up” column for volume 30, issue 1 of the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (JERL). Submissions can be related to any aspect of electronic resources and their use in libraries, including conference reports, professional discussion groups, meetings, and practices in using electronic resources in-house. This would be a great opportunity for you to report on topics that may benefit others in our profession.

The editors would like to receive contributions to the column by Friday, November 17, 2017. Contributions should not be published elsewhere.

If you have a submission or questions, please contact the column editors: Bob Wolverton, Mississippi State University Libraries, (662) 325-0548
Karen Davidson, Mississippi State University Libraries,(662) 325-3018,

American Historical Association Announces 2017 Prize Winners

The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 prizes. The AHA offers annual prizes honoring exceptional books, distinguished teaching and mentoring in the classroom, public history, and other historical projects. Since 1896, the Association has conferred over a thousand awards. This year’s finalists were selected from a field of over 1,300 entries by nearly 100 dedicated prize committee members. The names, publications, and projects of those who received these awards are a catalog of the best work produced in the historical discipline.

The William and Edwyna Gilbert Award for the best article in a journal, magazine, or other serial on teaching history

Laura K. Muñoz (Texas A&M Univ.-Corpus Christi) for “Civil Rights, Educational Inequality, and Transnational Takes on the US History Survey,” History of Education Quarterly 56, no. 1 (February 2016)

The J. Franklin Jameson Award for the editing of historical primary sources

The late Karsten Friis-Jensen, ed., and Peter Fisher, trans., for Saxo Grammaticus: Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes, 2 vols. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015)

See full list of awards.