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

This CFP was sent to me via the Suggest a Topic form I have. I always welcome notices of calls or other publication news!

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.

Go to the Submissions page

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.

Call for pitches and manuscripts: Commemoration and Public History

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We invite reports from the field by public historians about the challenges of commemoration at museums and archives, online, or in your community at large. Submissions might address upcoming and recent national and international anniversaries (such as the American Revolution, 9/11, the 19th Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Stonewall uprising, and World War I).

But we also want to hear about local or regional site-specific commemorations of less widely known people, places, or events. All submissions should engage with the historiography of commemoration and what or whom is being commemorated and should provide readers with portable lessons or best practices for doing public history.  As always, we welcome and encourage international perspectives.

Successful submissions will address one or more of the following questions:

  • What can we learn about the practice of public history from commemorations of people, places, or events?
  • What counts as commemoration?
  • In what new ways are public historians remembering local or regional history?
  • Who are the stakeholders and collaborators for these projects?
  • What forms does commemoration take, and what are public historians getting right and wrong?
  • Who is included in commemoration, and who is left out?
  • What role does material culture play in how we commemorate the past?
  • What purpose does commemoration serve, and how does it change over time?

New: Software Preservation Bibliography

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is delighted to announce the release of the Software Preservation Bibliography.

Created by SPN’s Training & Education Working Group, the Bibliography is a living, curated Zotero library of resources, tools, organizations, and research related to software preservation. The Bibliography currently contains over fifty resources that span multiple formats including reports, presentations, grant proposals, blog posts, worksheets, and more!

The Software Preservation Bibliography is a living resource that can be added to as new software preservation resources become available. Aware of a resource that isn’t yet represented? Let us know via this Google Form. SPN’s Training & Education Working Group will perform batch updates on a regular basis.
If you have any questions about the Bibliography, please reach out to Katherine Boss at katherine.boss@nyu.edu.
Best wishes,
Jess (on behalf of SPN’s Training & Education Working Group)

Jess Farrell | she/her/hers
Community Facilitator
Software Preservation Network and BitCurator Consortium
Educopia Institute

New Journal: Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement

The inaugural call for papers is not yet out, but there is an announcement about a new open access journal and archives is included in the type of content.

Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement

Focus and Scope

The mission of the Journal of Library Outreach & Engagement (JLOE) is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, open access interdisciplinary journal to advance library outreach and engagement. JLOE provides a platform to disseminate original research that examines public and community engagement initiatives and stimulates a forum to discuss the methodological and epistemological issues that inform, or emerge from, such projects and programs.

Frequency and Schedule of Publication

We will publish two issues per year, one fall and one spring issue. Each issue will contain a letter from the editor(s), a minimum of four scholarly articles, and optionally a handful of “Idea Lab” and “Notes from the Field” columns, and/or book reviews.

Types of Content Included

We welcome articles or editorials that present original research, case studies, or comparable material that advance library outreach and engagement discussions. Authors and their submissions represent libraries of all types, including academic, public, school, and special libraries and archives.

Scholarly Review

Scholarly submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Open Access and Copyright Policies

The Editors and Editorial Board of JLOE strongly encourages authors to publish the Work under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the Work, even commercially, as long as they credit the Author for the original creation. The Author may however choose to have the Work distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Target Audience

Library workers at all administrative levels from all types of libraries who have an interest in outreach and engagement, and researchers from the field of library and information science.