New Issue: Journal of Documentation

Volume 74 Issue 4, 2018

What does it mean to adopt a metadata standard? A case study of Omeka and the Dublin Core
Deborah Maron, Melanie Feinberg

The relationship between students’ subject preferences and their information behaviour
Andrew D. Madden, Sheila Webber, Nigel Ford, Mary Crowder

Air pollution online: everyday environmental information on the social media site Sina Weibo
Carin Graminius, Jutta Haider

Social media as a vehicle for user engagement with local history: A case study in the North East of Scotland
Caroline Hood, Peter Reid

Data rescue archive weather (DRAW): Preserving the complexity of historical climate data
Eun G. Park, Gordon Burr, Victoria Slonosky, Renee Sieber, Lori Podolsky

Developing a model to explore the information seeking behaviour of farmers
M.G.P.P. Mahindarathne, Qingfei Min

“Natural allies”: Librarians, archivists, and big data in international digital humanities project work
Alex H. Poole, Deborah A. Garwood

Transitions in workplace information practices and culture: The influence of newcomers on information use in healthcare
Anita Nordsteien, Katriina Byström

Long-term community development within a researcher network: A social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre
Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank, Bruce Ryan

“Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics
Rebekah Willson

Lifeworld as “unit of analysis”
Tim Gorichanaz, Kiersten F. Latham, Elizabeth Wood

User conceptualizations of derivative relationships in the bibliographic universe
Kim Tallerås, Jørn Helge B. Dahl, Nils Pharo

New Issue: Information & Culture

New Issue: Volume 53, Number 2 (April/May 2018)

“Crises” in Scholarly Communications?: Maturity and Transfer of the Journal of Library History to the University of Texas, 1968–1976
Maria Gonzalez and Patricia Galloway

“Save the Cross Campus”: Library Planning and Protests at Yale, 1968-1969
Geoffrey Robert Little

Media Prophylaxis: Night Modes and the Politics of Preventing Harm
Dylan Mulvin

Rethinking the Call for a US National Data Center in the 1960s: Privacy, Social Science Research, and Data Fragmentation Viewed from the Perspective of Contemporary Archival Theory
Christopher Loughnane, William Aspray

CFP: Labor in Academic Libraries – Special Issues of Library Trends

CFP: Library Trends Special Issue

Guest Editors
Emily Drabinski, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Aliqae Geraci, Cornell University
Roxanne Shirazi, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Special Issue Theme​

Labor in Academic Libraries


The topic of labor in academic libraries has emerged as an area of critical interest in both academic library and archives communities. Library workers have long been at the center of labor struggles in higher education. Additionally, librarians and archivists have worked against the relative invisibility of their work within an academy that centers the concerns of disciplinary faculty who often see knowledge workers as adjunct to the scholarly enterprise. We believe the time is right for a collection of essays that can frame the work of librarians, archivists, and library workers within the broader workplace issues of the university.

We invite contributions in the form of qualitative and quantitative research, analytic essays, and historical explorations that address the broad range of issues facing information workers in the academic setting. Potential essays and articles within this theme might address the following:

  • the impact of unions in academic libraries, social justice unionism, relationship between union activists and progressive/left circles in librarianship
  •  university library leadership and participation in shared governance models
  • discussions of hierarchies, divisions, and power dynamics between and among library workers
  • affective labor and its value in academic libraries
  •  corporatization of the university and libraries
  • the growth of contract, part-time, contingent, and student labor in library staffing models
  • labor side of educational technology and the adoption of corporate platforms
  • the pitfalls of pipeline and residency programs as a strategy for diversifying professions
  • revisiting debates around faculty status and tenure for librarians
  • the implications for full time labor of casualization–for workers and the profession as a whole
  • faculty and academic worker organizing
  • the roles of librarians and archivists as scholars and knowledge workers in the academy
  • the changing structures and relationships in the higher education workplace

Contact the editors at

Abstracts and proposals (no more than 500 words): July 1, 2018
Notification: July 15, 2018
Initial drafts due: October 15, 2018

Job Opportunity: Common-place Editor

Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent). The editor should also possess strong organizational and editorial skills and be comfortable working collaboratively with an excellent group of column editors. Perhaps most importantly, the editor must possess an interest in presenting American history to a broad public, and an instinct for how to do so in a compelling way.

In addition, the editor’s home institution would need to be understanding of the commitment involved in taking on the editorship, and be willing to support the editor in performing this work. We seek an institutional partner that is able to support the editor through release time from teaching; graduate research assistance; and other forms of support. Of particular interest is an institution with an interest in and capacity for work in public history and/or the digital humanities. A partnership with Common-place would provide ideal opportunities to give students hands-on experience in working with an established online venue for high-level humanities scholarship.

Interested candidates should contact James David Moran, Vice President for Programs and Outreach, American Antiquarian Society by phone at 508-471-2131 or by e-mail at

CFP: Radical Empathy in Archival Practice (JCLIS special issue)

In their 2016 article From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives, Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor define radical empathy as “a willingness to be affected, to be shaped by another’s experience, without blurring the lines between the self and the other.” Incorporating a feminist ethics approach that centers lived experiences that fall out of the “official” archival record, Caswell and Cifor identify archivists as caregivers whose responsibilities are not primarily bound to records but to records creators, subjects, users, and communities through “a web of mutual affective responsibility.”

In a profession that has staunchly held onto myths of its own neutrality, objectivity, and dissociation of the subjective and personal, centering concepts of the body and affect critically engages archives’ and archivists’ complicity in perpetuating inequality. Recent and intersecting conversations in the archival field about feminism, queerness, race, anti-racism, contingent labor practices, peer-mentorship, and decentralizing whiteness in the profession, all relate to the concept of radical empathy in practice.

We invite authors from a variety of career experiences and archival practices (students, early career professionals, and colleagues working in community archives, public libraries, museums, non-profits, corporations, etc.) to contribute to this special issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. This issue will provide an extended exploration of “how an archival ethics of care can be enacted in real world environments.” It will explicitly focus on case studies, in particular case studies that engage feminist theory and frameworks, relating to the lived experiences of practicing archivists.

Suggested questions and topics include (but are not limited to):
– Whose bodies do we speak of in a profession whose majority makeup represents privileged bodies that are white, cis-gender, conforming to oppressive definitions and standards of ability, and have access to institutional or personal monetary resources? Whose bodies are erased or occluded in the profession?
– Archival description project audits that re-examine language in legacy finding aids.
– Affective documentation of underrepresented communities in archives.
– Managing grief and trauma with record creators, donors, subjects, users, communities, and in archival collections. What are the roles of the archivist?
– Building team competence through peer-mentorship and networks of skill and knowledge sharing.
– Critical examination of contingent labor and employment practices.
– Managing emotional labor in systemically oppressive work environments through affective relationship building (vis-a-vis manager or peer relationships).
– Exploration of access and security models that critically engage users and communities outside of academia (i.e. alternatives to the “panopticon”).
– Inclusion and recognition of archival labor and interventions in description.
– Measuring affective response as an evaluation method to archival instruction.

Deadline for Submission: January 30, 2019


JCLIS welcomes the following types of submissions:

Research Articles (no more than 7,000 words)
Perspective Essays (no more than 5,000 words)
Literature Reviews (no more than 7,000 words)
Interviews (no more than 5,000 words)
Book or Exhibition Reviews (no more than 1,200 words)
Research articles and literature reviews are subject to peer review by two referees. Perspective essays are subject to peer review by one referee. Interviews and book or exhibition reviews are subject to review by the issue editor(s).


Guest Editors

Please direct questions to the guest editors for the issue:
– Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, University of California, Irvine:
– Jasmine Jones, University of California, Los Angeles:
– Shannon O’Neill, Barnard College:
– Holly Smith, Spelman College:

Journal Editors

Managing Editor: Andrew J Lau
Associate Editor: Emily Drabinski
Associate Editor: Rory Litwin


The mission of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is to serve as a peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines. This includes but is not limited to research on the political economy of information, information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, reflections on professional contexts and practices, questioning current paradigms and academic trends, questioning the terms of information science, exploring methodological issues in the context of the field, and otherwise enriching and broadening the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical and trans-disciplinary perspectives. Recognizing library and information studies as a diverse, cross-disciplinary field reflective of the scholarly community’s diverse range of interests, theories, and methods, JCLIS aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current paradigms in theory and practice through perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences.

Each issue is themed around a particular topic or set of topics and features a guest editor (or guest editors) who will work with the managing editor to shape the issue’s theme and develop an associated call for papers. Issue editors will assist in the shepherding of manuscripts through the review and preparation processes, are encouraged to widely solicit potential contributions, and work with authors in scoping their respective works appropriately.

JCLIS is open access in publication, politics, and philosophy. In a world where paywalls are the norm for access to scholarly research, the Journal recognizes that removal of barriers to accessing information is key to the production and sharing of knowledge. Authors retain copyright of manuscripts published in JCLIS, generally with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. If an article is republished after initially publication in JCLIS, the republished article should indicate that it was first published by JCLIS.


The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies welcomes submissions from senior and junior faculty, students, activists, and practitioners working in areas of research and practice at the intersection of critical theory and library and information studies.

Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in the JCLIS, but the Journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere. The journal also cannot accept manuscripts that have been simultaneously submitted to another outlet for possible publication.


JCLIS uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition as the official citation style for manuscripts published by the journal. All manuscripts should employ the Notes and Bibliography style (as footnotes with a bibliography), and should conform to the guidelines as described in the Manual.


Authors interested in contributing to this special issue should submit manuscripts through JCLIS’ online submission system by January 30, 2019. This online submission process requires that manuscripts be submitted in separate stages in order to ensure the anonymity of the review process and to enable appropriate formatting.

Abstracts (500 words or less) should be submitted in plain text and should not include information identifying the author(s) or their institutional affiliations. With the exception of book reviews, an abstract must accompany all manuscript submissions before they are reviewed for publication.
The main text of the manuscript must be submitted as a stand-alone file (in Microsoft Word or RTF)) without a title page, abstract, page numbers, or other headers or footers. The title, abstract, and author information should be submitted through the submission platform.

New Issue: Archivaria

Archivaria 85 (Spring 2018)
(subscription, membership)

Metaphors We Work By: Reframing Digital Objects, Significant Properties, and the Design of Digital Preservation Systems

The Advocate’s Archive: Walter Rudnicki and the Fight for Indigenous Rights in Canada, 1955–2010

Research without Archives?: The Making and Remaking of Area Studies Knowledge of the Middle East in a Time of Chronic War

Facebook Live as a Recordmaking Technology

Study in Documents
The Iran Album (1974): Some Sleeve Notes

Gordon Dodds Prize
Ethics of Archival Practice: New Considerations in the Digital Age

Book Reviews
Camille Callison, Loriene Roy, and Gretchen Alice LeCheminant, eds., Indigenous Notions of Ownership and Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Joanna Sassoon, Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s Photographs Shaped Australia

Paul Delsalle, A History of Archival Practice

John H. Slate and Kaye Lanning Minchew, Managing Local Government Archives

CFP: TMG – Journal for Media History

This call does not specifically mention archives, but definitely asks questions that archives can answer.


TMG – Journal for Media History is a Netherlands-based, international scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal dedicated to media history. It is now calling for articles about Radio Histories. A special issue will be published in November 2019 at an international conference at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. The editors are prof.dr. Huub Wijfjes, professor in History of Radio and Television at University of Amsterdam and prof.dr. Alec Badenoch, professor in Transnational Media at Free University Amsterdam.

In 2019, the Netherlands will celebrate a century of radio, dating from the first regular broadcast transmissions by Hanso Idzerda on 6 November 1919. This of course is one of many possible centenaries of the medium, as Wolfgang Ernst recounts, for example, from his 2012 archaeology of the radio and the vacuum tube.

The special issue “Radio Histories: 100 years of what?” of TMG – Journal for Media History takes these proliferating centenaries as an occasion to explore a number of histories and genealogies of radio in longue-durée and international perspective. What are the ‘big stories’ of radio? Few media have undergone such radical transformations in terms of technology, industry and use as radio has in its first century. How has radio shaped a century of public speech, of noise, of global connection, colonization, of propaganda or of war? What sources allow us to grasp the big stories – and what sources are still missing? What voices have been silenced and what actors made invisible in the grand narratives of radio? What can exploring radio’s various intermedial connections tell us about its first century? What new perspectives on radio’s century are offered in the new digital research environment? And also: what challenges and opportunities does the digital sphere offer for alternative new modes of radio historical storytelling? TMG – Journal for Media History seeks to stimulate experiments with publishing examples of these new modes, such as, for example, podcasts and online audiovisual content.

On basis of an abstract authors shall be invited to write full articles, that will be peer reviewed. Abstracts or proposals of 1 page and a brief biography of the author(s) can be sent to: or

Deadline for abstracts: June 2018. Final deadline for full articles (before peer review) will be April 2019.

Research Grant: University of Florida

Grants for Travel to Collections at University of Florida

Travel grants of up to $2,500 are available to support research in the Special and Area Studies Collections Department of the George A. Smathers Libraries at University of Florida. Proposals are due Friday, June 1, 2018, with award notifications the week of July 1, 2018. Research must be undertaken between August 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

University of Florida collections are exceptionally broad and deep for the study of global and Florida topics. Collection strengths include Latin America and the Caribbean, Judaica, African wildlife conservation, world and Florida maps, popular culture, historical Anglo-American children’s literature, and Florida history, literature, politics, and architecture.

Awards support research onsite in Gainesville, Florida. Proposals for interdisciplinary or multi-collection topics, projects matched closely to strengths of the collections, and with a tangible outcome will receive preference.

Researchers from the U.S. or abroad are encouraged to apply. Awards are made without regard to nationality, with travel costs a consideration in amount of award. In addition to general travel grants, specific funds have been earmarked for proposals relating to constitutional studies, the Panama Canal Zone, and biomedicine and the humanities.

Details of the travel grant program and descriptions of collections may be found at:

CFP: Gender issues in Library and Information Science: Focusing on Visual Aspects

Dr. Lesley S. J. Farmer

Gender issues are capturing people’s attentions these days. One aspect of such attention is visual. How does the visual aspect of gender impact LIS? Possible gendered subtopics include, among others:

Cataloging visual resources
Visual literacy
Picture books
Media literacy visual aspects
Visual fake news and LIS: information professionals’ roles
Image editing: process, discernment, implications
Historical aspects (e.g., visually “reading” and interpreting historical documents with a gender frame)
Primary sources
LIS instruction
Visual implications for persons with visual impairments

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: and submit their contribution.

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Information Science’s high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact Guest Editor ( or Managing Editor (

As an author of Open Information Science you will benefit from: transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor; efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter e-technology; no publication fees; free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.
The deadline is September 1.

Recent Issue: The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists

Vol. 17, No. 2, Fall 2017

Editors’ Foreword: Digital Tools and Networks
Donald Crafton and Susan Ohmer

Guest Editors’ Foreword: Digital Humanities and/in Film Archives
Dimitrios Latsis and Grazia Ingravalle


Archives for Education: The Creative Reuse of Moving Images in the United Kingdom
Shane O’Sullivan

Toward a Public Media Archaeology: Museums, Media, and Historiography
Philipp Dominik Keidl

Film Analysis as Annotation: Exploring Current Tools
Liliana Melgar Estrada, Eva Hielscher, Marijn Koolen, Christian Gosvig Olesen, Julia Noordegraaf and Jaap Blom

A Digital Humanities Approach to Film Colors
Barbara Flueckiger


(Micro)film Studies
María Antonia Vélez-Serna

Tracing a Community of Practice: A Database of Early African American Race Film
Marika Cifor, Hanna Girma, William Lam, Shanya Norman, Miriam Posner, Karla Contreras and Aya Grace Yoshioka

The Amateur Movie Database: Archives, Publics, Digital Platforms
Charles Tepperman

The Amateur City: Digital Platforms and Tools for Research and Dissemination of Films Representing the Italian Urban Landscape
Paolo Simoni

Mapping the Traces of the Media Arts Center Movement
Lindsay Kistler Mattock

The Short Film Pool Project: Saving Short Films from Oblivion in the Digital Era
Simona Monizza

Conference Report on Transformations I: Cinema and Media Studies Research Meets Digital Humanities Tools (April 15–16, 2016, New York City)
Marina Hassapopoulou


The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities by Charles R. Acland, Eric Hoyt
Review by: Bregt Lameris

3-D Rarities 
Review by: Jeremy Carr