CFP: Collaborate, Connect, Transform: A partnership of world experts in media and audiovisual archives, The joint 2020 IASA – FIAT/IFTA conference

Call for presentations

Collaborate, Connect, Transform: A partnership of world experts in media and audiovisual archives”

The joint 2020 IASA – FIAT/IFTA conference

Call for Proposals
(submission deadline: 16 March 2020)

In an age where global audiovisual communication has become a highway of social media traffic, audiovisual records offer us the opportunity to transcend the limitations of time and place.  Audiovisual archives convey messages from one era to another. It is the audiovisual archivist’s responsibility that the messages captured are reliable, authentic, persistent and complete. The convergence of technical, organisational and social-political realities are now challenges that can no longer be tackled in isolation. With an explosion of content creation audiovisual archive experts are a vital connector between publishers, industry, technology, policy makers and cultural heritage bodies.

Technological advancements help archives collect, manage and share their collections more efficiently. Audiovisual media archivists need to be open to this evolution. It is the job of the archive industry to redefine heritage and future access methods in this new technology driven multimedia landscape. Therefore, for the first time in 25 years, the FIAT/IFTA Executive Council and the IASA Board have decided to join forces and organize a joint conference with an integrated programme. The 51st IASA Conference will unite with the 44th FIAT/IFTA World Conference. Together with our host RTÉ, a long-standing and active member of both, we bring together the two leading associations in broadcast, media, sound and audiovisual archiving.

Dublin is widely recognized as a hub of technological innovation, it is like much of Ireland, a vibrant destination that boasts a young progressive demographic while steeped in the maturity of a learning and artistic culture, revered internationally. For the goals of the FIAT/IFTA – IASA Joint Conference 2020 our host venue, Trinity College Dublin is an excellent fit.  From the Book of Kells to the Oscar Wilde Collection, it is home to ancient as well as recent cultural icons. Since its founding in the 16th century, Trinity aims to grow, preserve and disseminate knowledge, a mission it shares with IASA and FIAT/IFTA alike.

We welcome proposals on the following topics:

A. Turning the temporary into the everlasting

While time is running out for analogue sound and moving image carriers to be digitized, the challenges of the digital domain are already awaiting us: do we just continue to carefully collect, monitor, and document, or are we already venturing into large-scale transcoding, rewrapping, and normalisation? And isn’t it about time to start working on that big pile of films that we have always pushed back? We’d love to hear you talk about:

  • Accept, ignore, transform or discard? Strategies to cope with unsustainable file formats
  • Obsolete digital carriers: efficient approaches for mixed media collections
  • Your best 5 dollars spent in preservation: stories of optimising cost and quality as well
  • Advocating, planning and realising film digitisation at large

B. Increasing efficiency in media management and metadata creation

With ever higher quantities of objects and files acquired, stored, edited and accessed, keeping control of the traffic running on your archival highways is paramount. To all these processes, metadata is crucial and artificial intelligence is helping us with that, but introducing it into your archive brings technical, ethical and organisational questions. Our audience will be interested in a presentation tackling:

  • Efficiency measurement and comparison of methods of metadata creation
  • Working with the big ones in AI: wolves in sheep’s clothing or unmissable opportunity?
  • From monolith to Lego set: build-your-own, modular and open source in media management
  • Player, coach or referee? Archivist’s and media manager’s roles in the news and sports rooms of the future

C. As open as possible, but not more than that

Free and open to all is definitely a commendable goal, but it’s hardly ever applicable to a complete collection. Ethical, commercial and legal rules are indispensable in the operation of audiovisual archives and therefore deserve our attention. How to answer questions about who gets access to what, how, when, and where?

  • Justified inaccessibility: access restriction for ethical reasons
  • Copyright: raising awareness about rules, opportunities and threats
  • Making audiovisual archival content accessible for people with disabilities
  • Role divisions or collaborations? Audiovisual digitisation, preservation and access between broadcasters and national (audiovisual) archives

D. The social role of archives here and now

What we preserve carries the truths and values of the past. In addition, many social movements accumulate their own audiovisual archive, thus shaping their own image and a set of historical sources for the future. This makes the archive nolens volens an actor that cannot stay on the sidelines, especially in a time of polarisation. But how do we respond to what is happening around us? When do we come to the fore? Do we offer a forum for debate, or do we also take a position, and for what purpose?

  • Storytelling, new and interactive forms such as podcasts, vlogs and other contemporary means to tell and prove archival value(s)
  • Archives as (big) data: mining the audiovisual collections for unexplored narratives
  • Strongholds of trust: the audiovisual archive’s role in fact checking and unmasking fake news
  • The value of public service in public service broadcasting archives: a matter of independence, neutrality or diversity?
  • Users and user practices: new practices of archival access in the digital age, addressing academic, educational and public communities

E. Future proofing the archive: towards new structures and skill sets

To gain global recognition of their profession, audiovisual archivists have to conquer their place. But a credible claim that audiovisual archiving is a profession in its own right can’t be supported by expensive words only. Professionalization and continuous adaptation of the archive as an organization have become a necessity. Therefore we’d welcome papers about:

  • Academic training and certification in audiovisual archiving: necessity or luxury?
  • Radio and TV collections under the same roof: between shared solutions and respect for specificity.
  • Audiovisual collections in archives with a broader scope: no longer the odd one out?
  • Redesigning audiovisual heritage landscapes: regional, national, continental collaborations
  • The broadcast archive in the public media landscape

F. The business of archives

Media archives form part of global enterprises today, with demand for content on new platforms and services continuing to grow and be re-invented. Where does the archive process fit into this model? We welcome insights into the sector from traditional and new business perspectives, services and the impacts of technologies through case studies which enhance the use and value of archives.

  • What are the business imperatives of managing archives for revenue generation in different organisations? Who are the new players?
  • What are the latest trends and tools which promote archive value in the commercial and professional markets?
  • Is the market contracting or expanding? Where do archives and commercial libraries meet? Is there a correlation?

Send us your proposal

We welcome presentations based on user experiences, new initiatives or perspectives, striking conclusions, successes but also failures. Your story is welcome, also if you’re sure that it is not amongst the world’s most advanced ones. The main objective is to share knowledge and results with audiovisual archives professionals in order to understand the lessons learned and new challenges or solutions arising. The topics mentioned above reflect current interests and evolutions. Suggestions for subjects not mentioned are equally welcome but should be contextualised thoroughly.

The conference will have different presenting formats:

FORMAT TYPE DURATION FORMAT INFORMATION
Keynote 45 minutes Keynote speakers will be decided by the Programme Committee
Parallel session presentation 25 minutes A presentation with 5 minutes for Q&A, selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Workshop 3 or 6 hours An in-depth, interactive session, with a strong hands-on component, selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Expert led discussion panel 1 hour An in-depth discussion among more than 2 experts, introduced briefly and led by 1 moderator expert in the subject discussed. Selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Poster To be decided A poster option may be offered to present a summary of a project or key insights through texts, schemes and images, on a poster in a central location of the conference venue at an appointed time slot. Selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.

If you would like to present your work during the 2020 FIAT/IFTA – IASA Joint Conference, we ask you to submit:

  1. working title of your proposal
  2. an abstract of your proposal (300 words max)
  3. the name(s) and a short bio of the proposed speaker(s), moderator or author(s) (150 words max.)
  4. the kind of format you’d like to see your contribution included in (see above)

Please submit your proposal by completing the form below
by Monday 16 March 2020

The selection of presentations will be made in April by the Programme Committee. The presenters will receive their notification via email after this selection, in the last week of April 2020. The Programme Committee reserves the right to propose to the candidates to present in a different format.

Please note:

  • Speakers are required to cater for their own costs related to travel, stay and conference registration. In order to avoid late speaker withdrawals as much as possible, speakers will be required to register before the early bird deadline passes.
  • FIAT/IFTA and IASA intend to award a number of grants allowing less financially privileged speakers to attend the conference. More details will be announced in the following months. To stay informed please keep an eye on the FIAT/IFTA and IASA websites and social media channels.
  • Commercial companies are welcome to the stage, but their proposals are will only be accepted if they are presenting dual-client case studies, technological breakthroughs, or academically generalized topics. Presentations with an overly commercial tone of voice are generally not appreciated by our audience and will not be accepted by the Programme Committee..
  • All presentations at the conference may be recorded via audiovisual media and photos, in accordance with section 8 of the FIAT/IFTA Privacy and Data Processing Statement. If you explicitly would like to avoid this, please let us know via conferences@iasa-web.org.
  • By submitting the form below, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms stated on this page.

Form available on their website.

CFP: ICHORA 2020 Archives and the Digital World

Call for Papers

The 9th International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (ICHORA) will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. from October 29 to 31, 2020. Submit paper proposals to ICHORA2020@umich.edu by March 30, 2020.

ICHORA 9 will focus on Archives and the Digital World. Digital technologies have been in use for over 70 years and were, in fact, late additions to a whirlwind of new record-making and -keeping technologies that began a century before that transformed the creation, transmission, preservation, representation, and interpretation of records and archives. Digital technologies mediate how the past is documented, remembered, and commemorated. Digital recordkeeping and society are mutually constituted, a relationship that is far-reaching and challenging to predict. Despite claims of ubiquity, digital infrastructures are culturally, linguistically and historically specific, often maintaining and reinscribing longstanding power imbalances that have favoured some groups and marginalized others; but sometimes affording new opportunities for resistance to the mainstream, used by subcultures to advance their survivance, and by other groups to maintain cultural diversity.

The Program Committee seeks contributions to ICHORA 9 that will stimulate critical reflection on the evolution and development of records, archives, archival forms/genres and archival institutions in relation to the histories of digital technologies and ongoing digital transformations. Examinations of the relationship of digital technologies to indigenous communities and knowledge systems, the use of digital technologies to enhance equality or further reinforce inequality for marginalized and underrepresented communities, as well as the deployment of digital technologies in archives of resistance, activism and resurgence, are especially welcome. Areas of focus and possible topics may include:

  • Archives, digital studies, media studies and histories of the digital;
  • Non-digital media precursors of digital record making and keeping technologies;
  • Future(s) of electronic incunabula;
  • Digitization, surrogacy, and materiality of digital objects (and the reimagined future of the non-digital archive);
  • Evolution of access and preservation infrastructures, systems, platforms and analytical tools including the cloud, emulation and data visualizations;
  • Development of standards, guidelines and approaches for digital recordkeeping and digital preservation;
  • Algorithmic appraisal, acquisition, and description, including building and sustaining social media archives, and approaches to their analysis and use;
  • Histories of digital recordkeeping including punched card preservation, EDRMS, Web archiving, blockchain, and whole platform preservation;
  • Recordkeeping technologies in surveillance and policing (and how this has affected marginalized communities);
  • Postcolonialism and decolonization, particularly the role of the digital in reflecting alternative ideological approaches to archives and records;
  • Intersection of digital archiving, maintenance work, and historical trajectory of digital archival labor; and
  • Implications of the digital for copyright, privacy, ownership, trust and ethics.

Submission and Proposal Deadline: Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited. Abstracts of 450-500 words and a short bio should be sent to ICHORA2020@umich.edu by March 30, 2020. We will advise acceptance by May 8, 2020. Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit their contributions for a peer-reviewed publication.

Previous ICHORA conferences took place in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005; 2015), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010), Austin (2012), and Melbourne (2018).

Program Committee:

  • Ricardo L. Punzalan, Program Committee Chair, University of Michigan, U.S.A.
  • Greg Bak, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Iyra Buenrostro-Cabbab, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • Jenny Bunn, University College London, U.K.
  • Stanley Griffin, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Anthea Josias, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • James Lowry, University of Liverpool, U.K.
  • Heather MacNeil, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gillian Oliver, Monash University, Australia
  • Valentina Rojas Rojo, National Archives of Chile, Chile
  • Eric Stoykovich, Trinity College, U.S.A.
  • Naya Sucha-xaya, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Tonia Sutherland, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, U.S.A.
  • Ciaran Trace, University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.

Call for Speakers: Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities

Call for Speakers: Futurizing: People, Technology & Communities

There are so many positive possible futures for libraries in every community – campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and non-profit enterprises, governments, and more! The trick is to channel the passion that librarians have into building awareness and relationships in their communities; taking action and not waiting for citizens, students, researchers, business folks or faculty to come to them; creating and experimenting with innovative programs and services using new technologies; securing solid partnerships to expand programs and resources; and futurizing strong, collaborative and successful communities! Internet Librarian 2020 highlights how libraries are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to save time for new programs, dealing with big data to pinpoint insights, using sensors and other “internet of things” devices to improve and extend services, experimenting with augmented and virtual reality to delight their communities, tracking and sharing applications of smart technology with their campuses, organizations and neighborhoods. Internet Librarians never, however, lose sight of people in their communities as they futurize and transform to make sure they are relevant and valuable in their communities.

Join us at the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, building solid connections to the Internet of Things, managing libraries and digital information, and enhancing the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities. Internet Librarian 2020 provides attendees with lots of opportunities to meet and hear from leading “movers and shakers” in the information industry in all types of environments – leaders in the information industry are integrating content and delighting their clients, organizing and managing digital content in creative ways, setting the context for excellence in information utilization in their organizations, revolutionizing the roles of info pros, creating new learning and discovery areas with makerspaces, building strong collaborative communities among their customers, colleagues, and partners, as well as using new technologies in exciting ways. This conference encourages you to bring and share your ideas and champion new practices – this is where ideas and action come together, catalysts are born, and where innovation ignites.

Information Today, Inc., a key provider of technology conferences for more than thirty years, is pleased to announce the 24th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators, webmasters and web managers, content evaluators and curators, digital managers, developers and integrators, taxonomists, searchers, community builders and managers, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. This comprehensive conference and exhibition offers a wide-ranging program designed to meet the needs of librarians, information managers, systems professionals, researchers, content managers, curators and information specialists.

Conference Topics

Internet Librarian 2020 caters to all interests and all levels of knowledge with five simultaneous tracks, including Internet@Schools, plus many workshop and networking opportunities.

This year’s tracks encompass such topics as: Discovery & Navigation, Makerspace Strategies & Creative Services, Smart Tools & Technologies, Integrating “Internet of Things”, Ebooks, User Experience, Curating Digital Assets, Inspiring Innovation, Web Presence Development & Management, Enterprise Trends, Social Media & Networking, Streaming Media, Finding & Collaborating with New Community Partners, Content Management and more. Speakers are knowledgeable, authoritative and focus on practical applications, new tools and techniques, case studies as well as technical and managerial issues. Please consider sending us a proposal to speak. Following is a list of some topics we hope to cover, but don’t let this list limit your imagination! We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Inspiring Connections & Partnerships
  • IoT: Internet of Things
  • ROI Tips & Tools for Libraries
  • Customer Engagement & Service
  • Action for Impact – Case Studies
  • Innovation & Excellence in Libraries
  • Attention-Grabbing Engagement Strategies
  • Facilitating Knowledge Sharing & Learning
  • Business Practices for Library Excellence
  • Revolutionizing Roles & Services
  • Makerspaces & Libraries
  • Creative Community Connections
  • Creative Funding of Tech Initiatives
  • Web Publishing
  • Information Discovery
  • Leading Edge Technologies & Libraries
  • Integrating Content for Creative Products
  • Streamlining User Online Experiences
  • User Generated Content & Services
  • New Roles for Info Pros
  • Leading Edge Digital Library Practices
  • Mobile Campuses & Communities
  • Improving Digital Info Flows & Access
  • Identifying & Working with Information Partners
  • Usability & Web Site Functionality
  • Navigating & Search Tools
  • Social Media Strategies & Practices
  • Semantic Web Strategies & Applications
  • New Workspace/place Concepts & Cases
  • Next Gen Ebook Strategies & Policies
  • Designing for Web Devices & Appliances
  • Knowledge Management Strategies
  • Distance Learning Technologies
  • Navigating Strategies & Techniques
  • Integrating K-12 Curriculum & Net Technology
  • Web Development Tools & Techniques
  • Magic Sauce Recipes for Library Success
  • Smart Campuses, Cities & Companies
  • New Funding Strategies & Practices
  • Empowering Conversations
  • What’s Next for the Future?
  • Smart Libraries & Practices
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Tech Tools for Collaboration
  • Impact & Value for Libraries
  • Harnessing Social Media
  • Digital Strategies & Practices
  • Mobile & Libraries
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Content Curation
  • Managing Devices & Gadgets
  • Content Streaming
  • Social Media Apps for Libraries
  • Discovery Platforms
  • Tips for Web Redesign
  • Creating & Testing New Ideas
  • New & Converging Technologies
  • Search Engine Nuts & Bolts
  • Hot Trends for Internet Librarians
  • Podcasting & Videocasting – Tips
  • Cool Video Applications
  • Shifting Roles & Strategies
  • Intranet Politics & Web Teams
  • Search Engine Tips
  • Cutting Edge Tech & Apps
  • Negotiating for E-resources
  • Visual Interfaces
  • Elearning Tips & Tools
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Digital Library Services & Archiving
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Building Customer Relationships

 

How to Submit a Proposal

If you would like to participate in Internet Librarian 2020 or Internet@Schools as a speaker or workshop leader, please complete the submission form here.

Or contact the Program Chair at the email address listed below as soon as possible (by March 15, 2020 at the latest). Include the following brief details of your proposed presentation: title, abstract, a few sentences of biographical information that relate to the topic, and full contact information (job title, address, e-mail, phone & fax) for you and any co-presenters. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing/Review Committee and notification regarding acceptance will be made by June.

Jane I. Dysart, Program Chair
Dysart & Jones Associates
phone: 416/903-9306
email: jane@dysartjones.com

Organizing/Review Committee
Susan Broman, Los Angeles Public Library
Cindy Hill, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Chad Mairn, St. Petersberg College
Brian Pichman, Evolve Project
Marydee Ojala, Editor, Online Searcher
Donna Scheeder, Library Strategies International
Jeff Wisniewski, University of Pittsburgh

Mander Jones Awards Judging Committee: Call for Expressions of Interest for a new Judge

for members of the Australian Society of Archivists:

Since 1996 the ASA has been awarding the Mander Jones Awards for publications in the field of archives and recordkeeping.

The Awards are judged by a team of three which reports its recommendations to the Council. The 2019 Judges were Peter Crush, Prue Heath, and Catherine Robinson.

In 2020 Peter Crush and Catherine Robinson are continuing in this role, and Prue Heath has stepped down for 2020. The Council is grateful to Prue for her service to the Awards, and is now seeking a new Judge for 2020.

Eligible candidates must be an ASA Member* and should have:

  • substantial experience as a practising Archivist; and
  • a relatively wide acquaintance with Australian recordkeeping and archival literature.

Judges need to commit to 15-20 hours per week from mid-March to the end of July each year, to read and assess the nominated works, prepare judges’ reports, liaise with other judges, and develop citations for winning nominations.

We particularly encourage archivists working in the small archive sector to apply.

Please address Expressions of Interest and any questions to the Mander Jones Awards Secretary, Dr Louise Trott via email by 28 February 2020.

* Note the ASA Council will consider applications from all ASA members who can demonstrate relevant experience and knowledge.

Call for Proposals: A special issue of Across the Disciplines, Spring 2021 Unsettling Archival Research Across the Disciplines: Engaging Critical, Communal, and Digital Archives

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Call for Proposals: A special issue of Across the Disciplines, Spring 2021 Unsettling Archival Research Across the Disciplines: Engaging Critical, Communal, and Digital Archives

Guest editors: Gesa Kirsch, Caitlin Burns, and Dakoda P. Smith, University of Louisville

This special issue of Across the Disciplines invites scholars to explore what it means to unsettle archival research across the disciplines. Efforts have long been underway to decolonize archival work and archival holdings, to repatriate artifacts, to change derogatory terms in finding aids, to consult with community members about appropriate protection of sacred artifacts, and to heal and reconcile in the wake of wounded/wounding histories (Till; Brasher et al.). Much work has attended to unsettling and wrestling with archives. From one perspective, settler archives are a storehouse for the West’s fictions and myths and a premier site of production for colonial difference, demanding a recovery of absences and silences (García). Yet, despite these important interventions, institutional archives with colonial roots continue to grow, collecting artifacts outside of the communities to which they belong; university archives continue to occupy Native American lands; and governments and corporations surveil our behavior and organize our personal data into digital archives, often with harmful consequences. Such institutions often remain wound(ed/ing) spaces and places.

This special issue of ATD welcomes both critiques of archiving as a set of institutional practices, ideologies, and conventions, and new tactics of critical, communal, and digital archiving within and against those systems of power. We invite scholars to highlight critical, communal, and digital approaches to archival work, to consider how radical political approaches might support them, to reflect on how to counteract and resist racist, colonial histories, and to explore alternatives, perhaps through decolonial, engaged, reciprocal, or collaborative archival practices. We encourage scholars to consider multimodal and digital technologies (Enoch & Bessette), Indigenous methodologies (Cushman, Powell, Tuhiwai Smith, Wilson), decolonial theories (García & Baca; Ruiz & Sánchez), feminist approaches (Enoch, Gaillet, Ramírez, Royster and Kirsch), antiracist efforts (Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia), queer and trans practices (Bessette, Rawson), disability studies (Brilmyer, Dolmage, McRuer, White), and other perspectives for reconsidering archival research.

Critical, communal, and digital archives often respond to a political moment, to social and cultural conditions, and to the needs of a community by reclaiming and/or retooling certain archival practices, sometimes rewriting archival conventions altogether. For example, marginalized communities and groups do not collect for the sake of collection. They often collect with the survival of their future generations in mind and to pass down their histories. This special issue invites contributions that shed light on how tactical archival practices can decenter, reshape, unsettle and rewrite traditional archival methodologies.

We invite scholars from across the disciplines, including the arts, humanities and social sciences, to submit a contribution in any of the following formats:

1. full-length essays (6,000 – 8,000 words) that unsettle archival research across the disciplines, including methodological interventions, theoretical approaches, praxis in critical, communal, and digital archival building, ethical explorations, community-engaged projects, critical reflections on affect and the consequences of archival research, and more.

2. multimodal projects that explore the affordances of a variety of digital media platforms for the purpose of critical, communal, and digital archiving, as well as projects that attend to the importance of materiality, ephemera, and the artifactual (Pahl & Rowsell; Wysocki & Sheridan).

3. shorter essays (2,500-3,000 words) that might interrogate a key term, offer a critical case study, examine a communal collection, recover a neglected site, repurpose a digital archive, or share a pedagogical application. We have designed the shorter essays to make it possible for graduate students, adjunct faculty, activists, emerging, contingent, underrepresented scholars, and other rebel voices to contribute to this special issue.

Contributors to this special issue may wish to consider the following questions:

  • How might we unsettle institutional archives, given that place-based archives are often housed in institutions such as university and community libraries, historical societies, museums, medical schools, national monuments, national archives and special collections, and research centers? How might we re-envision common features such as curated materials, organized collections, finding aids, and procedures for handling materials to avoid re-inscribing colonial, racist, and sexist perspectives (Archivists Against History Repeating Itself)?
  • How might we create, curate, and work with ephemeral archives, counter-archives, community-engaged and community-generated archives, archives-in-the-making, virtual or digital archives, rebel archives, impromptu archives? What are their affordances and limitations?
  • What does it mean to collect and curate artifacts? Who decides what’s worth collecting, and who is left out of the conversation? Is it possible to both collect and contextualize? How might we write histories of gaps, absences, and missing voices?
  • What new tactics emerge in critical, communal, and digital archiving within and against systems of power? How do we reassess our digital archival practices, in particular, in light of recent concerns about access, digital privacy, surveillance, and data collection (Beck)?
  • How can archives assist in delinking (García & Baca) and decolonial praxis projects (García)? Can archives undermine the logic of the colonial imaginary by helping us get to the locally situated practices that decoloniality calls for?
  • How do archival professionals engage with troubling, haunting, and problematic collections? What are best practices and challenges today for unsettling archival research? How do archives and archivists approach issues of coloniality?
  • How might we address the affective dimensions and emotional labor of archival research (Powell)? How might we honor “reciprocity, respect, and relational accountability” (Wilson), collaborate with the non-living, engage with the past, present, and future?
  • How do we address questions of labor—the time, resources, space, and travel often required to engage in archival research? What are the consequences of such constraints for graduate students, adjunct faculty, activists, emerging, contingent, underrepresented scholars who may be particularly vulnerable and underfunded?

All references in this CFP are available upon request.

Proposals due: April 15, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2020
Manuscripts Due: August 1, 2020
Editorial Feedback: October 1, 2020
Final Manuscripts Due: January 1, 2021
Publication: Spring 2021

Proposal Format: Please submit a 500-word proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article, following the general guidelines for ATD at http://wac.colostate.edu/atd/submissions. Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to Gesa Kirsch at gesa.kirsch@gmail.com and also to ATD editor Michael Cripps at mcripps@une.edu. Please provide full contact information with your submission.

CFP: Sharing Polar Cultures and Knowledge: Perspectives from Libraries and Archives

First call for submission of proposals for oral presentations, posters and panel sessions for the 28th Polar Libraries Colloquy to be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, from June 7 to June 13, 2020.

Go to the Submissions page

Theme

The theme of the Colloquy is Sharing Polar Cultures and Knowledge: Perspectives from Libraries and Archives.

Do librarians and archivists have a significant role in sharing Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern cultures? Do they still have a real impact in 2019 on the transmission of knowledge related to the polar world? How can the physical and virtual spaces of libraries and archive centres remain, in the era of information and communication technologies, essential places for sharing cultures and knowledge about the North and the Poles? The organizers invite you to submit papers on projects, services or thoughts related to these issues. Within the context of libraries and archives, the following sub-themes could be addressed:

  • Cultural exchanges and connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern communities.
  • Transmission of Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern traditional knowledge and practices.
  • First Nations involvement in information management, preservation or dissemination.
  • Reconciliation and decolonization of libraries and archives.
  • Enhancement of heritage documents related to polar cultures and knowledge.
  • Popularization of major social and environmental issues and democratization of scientific knowledge related to northern or polar territories.
  • Establishing a culture of data preservation and sharing among northern or polar researchers.
  • Interdisciplinary and intersectoral management of research data on northern or polar territories.
  • Contributions from libraries or archive centres to foster the practice of interdisciplinarity in research on northern and polar territories.

NOTE : All information professionals are invited to the Colloquy. Proposals on other subjects related to northern or polar information will also be considered.

Presentations

Submissions are invited for papers presentations, posters and panel discussions. Abstract must contain a maximum of 250 words.

Paper presentation

Time allocated for oral presentations is 20 minutes, plus a 10-minute period for questions and discussions after the presentation. Conference papers will be published in the proceedings of the Colloquy, with the authors’ permission.

Posters

Submitting a poster can be an equally interesting alternative to share your ideas, projects or expertise connected the theme of the Colloquy, or another topic related to polar information.

The posters will be displayed in the main conference room during the week and the authors will be asked to present them at pre-determined times. The exact times will be specified when the program is finalized.

The recommended poster size is 84,1 × 118,9 cm (33.1 in × 46.8 in), vertical orientation (portrait). Please note that the organizers can print the posters for you.

Panel discussions

You can propose a panel discussion concerning topics related to the theme of the Colloquy. Panel discussions normally last an hour and include three to five participants.

Timeline for papers, posters or panel discussion proposals

  • January 31, 2020 – Submissions deadline (new deadline: February 28, 2020)
  • February 14, 2020 – Acceptance notification (new acceptance notification date: March 6, 2020)
  • May 22, 2020 – Sending PowerPoint and other visual presentations to the organizers.

Conference registration is required in order to present an oral communication, a poster or a panel discussion. The PLC Steering Committee may be able to provide financial assistance via the Hubert Wenger Award.

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Proceedings

The organizers undertake to publish the conference proceedings in an open access venue. The conference proceedings will include the full article for each oral presentation and copies of posters. For this purpose, the accepted oral presenters or poster presenters must send the full text of their presentation or copies of their poster before the conference, by 1 june 2020 and complete a publication permission that will be sent to them with the acceptance notification.

Questions about this call for papers? Please feel free to contact us at plc2020@bibl.ulaval.ca .

We look forward to your participation!

ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship Monograph Series Announces First Open Peer Review

This has nothing to do with archives, but I find this a very interesting project – to have an open peer-review. Anyone can participate as long as they agree to the terms.


ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series—a peer-reviewed collection of books that examine emerging theories and research—is launching its first open peer review, for Stories of Open: Opening Peer Review through Narrative Inquiry by Emily Ford.

“Open access, open data, open science, and other ‘open’ initiatives bring democratization and transparency to scholarly publishing and access to information,” said PIL Editor Daniel C. Mack. “Rather than limiting the assessment and evaluation of research to a single editor or editorial board, open peer review empowers the entire community of scholars to participate in the review process. Stories of Open presents readers with a thought-provoking introduction to open peer review; we couldn’t imagine a better manuscript for our pilot open review.”

The manuscript is open for comment through Monday, March 23, 2020. It is available for review in two places, and we welcome and encourage your participation: First, via Google documents here, where participants will need to use their Google account and request access at the top left before commenting. Doing so means agreeing to the reviewer’s code of conduct. A PDF version of the manuscript is available for review on the ACRL site. Comments should be sent to Daniel C. Mack at dmack@umd.edu.

Stories of Open is expected to publish in early 2021. Previous PIL books can be found in the ALA Store; information on publishing in the series is here. Questions on the review, process, or publishing with ACRL can be sent to ACRL Content Strategist Erin Nevius at enevius@ala.org.