New Issue: The Reading Room

The Spring 2018 issue of The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections has been published and is available online via the journal website: The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections as well as on Scholastica: Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2018 | Published by The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections.

In this issue:

  • Gabriella Karl-Johnson investigates the American Viewbooks Collection in the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. A recent CLIR Hidden Collections grant has increased discovery and exposure of the collection. Ms. Karl-Johnson discusses the depths of what this collection reveals to researchers via the role of contemplative cataloging.
  • Sarah Allison details how New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections employed a SWOT analysis to evaluate and redesign their student employee program, focusing on developing competencies related to all aspects of the department as well as unitspecific work.
  • What to do with collections lacking original metadata? Erin Passehl-Stoddart shares a creative solution to this common issue for special collections. Using gamification techniques, Ms. Passehl-Stoddart was able to create and enhance metadata while connecting student employees to visual literary standards and library learning goals.

Interested in submitting an article for a future issue or serving as a peer reviewer?  Contact us at

Call for Applicants: ARL Digital Scholarship Institute at Indiana University

As an additional note, the curriculum includes:

  • Digital Recovery: Archives & Exhibitions with Omeka
  • Multimodal Online Publishing with Scalar
  • Geospatial and Temporal Mapping
  • Information Visualization
  • Text Analysis: Concordances, Word Trends, & Word Clouds with Voyant Tools
  • Scholarly Editions: Text Encoding and Publishing with TEI
The ARL Academy is accepting applications for the third iteration of the ARL Digital Scholarship Institute, with a deadline of Friday, May 18, 2018. The Digital Scholarship Institute is a five-day, cohort-based opportunity for professionals in ARL member librarieswho are new to digital scholarship and would like to develop their skills in an intensive, yet supportive, learner-centered environment. This iteration of the ARL Digital Scholarship Institute will take place MondayFriday, July 30–August 3, 2018, on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington and will be hosted by Indiana University Libraries.
Any ARL library professional at any stage of their career, who is looking to develop their digital scholarship skills and increase their agility in the modern research ecosystem, regardless of rank, degree, or years in the field, is eligible to apply. For more information, see the Audience Statement.
The cost of the institute is $1,500, excluding travel and accommodations.
For additional information and instructions on how to apply, visit the ARL Digital Scholarship Institute webpage. The application deadline is May 18, 2018.

CFP: “Imagining the future academic library collection” – Special Issue of Collection Management

Though primarily about library collections, the call specifically asks about the role of special collections.


Collection Management will be publishing a special issue of the journal dedicated to “Imagining the Future Academic Library Collection” together with guest editor Michael Levine-Clark, Dean of Libraries, University of Denver.

For most of our history, academic librarians have built collections. We’ve acquired the resources that we felt would serve our students and faculty, and by so doing, we’ve created collections meant to last. That terminology – “collection building” – implies permanence, and perhaps inflexibility. But the way we think about collections is changing: we often rely on access rather than ownership, we are deaccessioning large portions of our legacy print collections to make way for service points and study spaces, and we recognize that we must develop far more inclusive collections than we did in the past.

Almost twenty years into the twenty-first century, the bulk of most materials budgets is dedicated to electronic resources, and through negotiation of big deals and use of models such as demand-driven acquisition, most of us have access to far more content than was ever possible at the end of the last century. Most of us have come to rely on consortial partners when we negotiate with vendors, and we work collaboratively through partnerships like the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) or the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST) to plan for the future of our print collections. We have resources and strategies available to us that allow us to think differently, but our collection development models are not radically different than they were in the past.

Thinking about the future of academic libraries, what will our collections look like? Will academic libraries continue to build collections, or will we simply provide access to content? Will collections reside within the library or will they be retrieved from some other location? Will collection management be replaced by metadata management? In a world with greater homogeneity of collections (because we all have access to so much more), what is the role of special collections? Will open access change the way we manage library collections and library budgets? How do we work together to ensure the broadest range of material is preserved into the future while also making sure we have the best collections possible at our local institutions? How do we collect the ephemera of the digital age – digital objects, websites, emails, etc? If we continue to emphasize collecting published scholarly resources, how do we add things such as data sets, streaming media, and as-yet unimagined new resources? And how do we make sure that we don’t perpetuate the mistakes of the past by mainly collecting dominant voices?

Based on existing developments in librarianship, higher education, or elsewhere, what do you see as key trends in the future of academic library collections? What do you think will happen? What do you hope will happen? We are soliciting peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and case studies for a special issue of Collection Management to be published in 2019 on “Imagining the Future Academic Library Collection.”

Please submit an abstract (200-500 words) by May 15, 2018 to and  that describes your vision for the future and outlines how you will approach the topic. Indicate whether you are interested in writing a commentary, peer-reviewed article or a case study.

Susanne Clement and Judy Nixon

Co-editors, Collection Management

CFP: Journal of Archival Organization

JAO is an international, peer-reviewed journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials.   See for more information.

The journal is seeking articles that include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • User experience design (UXD)
  • Non-traditional archival description/discovery methods (e.g., information visualization)
  • Archival implications for the discussion of information ethics
  • Diversity, inclusion, liberated archives
  • Social media – how can it be collected, organized, displayed to/used by patrons, metadata implications for, etc.
  • “Fake news” – Archival response to and responsibilities for; metadata implications, etc.
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Archival organization
  • Archival education

Please send articles or article queries to the Editor, Marta Mestrovic Deyrup []

CFP: IASA Journal

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.

Important dates:
May 15, 2018: Full article submission deadline
July 15, 2018: Journal release
Issue no. 49 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
  • Strategies for handling 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.
To make a submission:
Visit the IASA Journal’s new beta website ( and follow the submission instructions. If you have questions or difficulty with the new site, please contact the IASA Editor (
About the IASA Journal:
The Journal of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives represents the collected research and applied work of the global audiovisual archives community. It is published in issues bi-annually and available to all members of the IASA community. The IASA Journal uses a double-blind peer-review methodology (the authors do not know who reviews their papers, and reviewers do not know who wrote the papers they are reviewing).
Previous issues, older than 5 years, can be found on the IASA website as PDFs for public download. IASA Journal issues from no. 32 and later are published in both hard copy form and electronically. Hard copy editions are supplied to all IASA Members, IASA Supporters and IASA Subscribers (unless they opt out of receiving print copies in favour of an electronic version – and the environment!).
IASA Journal is testing a new online home as it considers providing open access to all content. The new online home provides a portal for submissions, review, and journal preparation, even as we await to move from print to online. See for more info.
Best regards —
Bertram Lyons
IASA Editor

CFP: Archival Issues

Archival Issues: The Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference is accepting submissions from both new and experienced authors. The journal’s readership is international, and authors from the Midwest and beyond are encoucaged to submit. Acceptable subjects include all aspects of archival activities, both theory and practice. For questions and submissions, contact Archival Issues editorial board chair Alexandra A. A. Orchard at

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations: 2018 SAA Research Forum

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or fewer) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nance McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Heather Soyka (Kent State University).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2018. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 2 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline).

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to

Please be sure to include:  Presentation title, your name, affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation.