CFP: Archives Unleashed Datathon @ Columbia University (March 26-27, 2020)

Invitation to participate in the Archives Unleashed #HackArchives event at Columbia University, New York City.

For those who are interested in web archiving, the Archives Unleashed Project ( will be hosting its fourth datathon event. This event offers an opportunity for participants to work with the Toolkit and web archives at scale. These events have been attended by librarians, archivists, and researchers from a number of fields including history, computer science, digital humanities, journalism studies and beyond.

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Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit
Butler Library | Columbia University, New York City
26-27 March 2020

Web Archives
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.

Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretches across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with Columbia University Libraries to host our fourth Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers. The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.

This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of the Archives Unleashed Toolkit and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit

Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia University Libraries, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, and Compute Canada.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 USD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.

Submission Guidelines
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight (EST) on 1 November 2019. This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants will be notified by 12 November 2019.

On behalf of the organizers,
Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo)
Pamela Graham (Columbia University)
Samantha Abrams (Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation)
Alexander Thurman (Columbia University)
Nick Ruest (York University)
Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)
Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)

Presentations as Scholarship

As noted in a post about podcasts, journals and books are not the only forms of scholarship. In the many sites I follow and newsletters I receive, I see great opportunities for engaging others and presenting about research.

To broaden the scope of this blog, I will start posting calls for presentations. Archivists can easily find calls for archives conferences such as SAA as well as state and regional organizations. I am opting to not include those, but instead focus on ones that perhaps do not reach members or are not as publicized.

All presentations require planning, practice, and a lot of work. At most archives conferences, the focus is more on practice and experience. Absolutely, those are also scholarship because of the amount of preparation.

However, there are other opportunities that focus on research, are more in-depth, and/or are highly competitive or selective. For example, SAA’s Research Forum (which I already post about). Similar to calls for journals and books, I will post ones that are opportunities for archivists to engage beyond the archives community. Engaging with others both inside and outside of the profession will increase the value of archival scholarship. 

Look for the first call on Monday!


CFP: Archives & Manuscripts

Archives & Manuscripts – Call for Papers

19 Sep 2019

Archives & Manuscripts is inviting submissions of up to 10,000 words for a themed edition on Scholarly and Professional Communication in Archives: Archival Traditions and Languages in March 2021.

In this special issue of Archives & Manuscripts, we are seeking to develop our knowledge base by bringing together authors that represent different archival traditions and practices. We are particularly interested in contributions by authors – scholars and practitioners – from non-English speaking countries that present and contrast different archival traditions and/or practices.

Key Dates

Expressions of interest: 15 December 2019 by email.
Submission deadline: 1 July 2020
Publication: March 2021

Submission Instructions

For full details and submission instructions, download the full Call for papers – Special Issue Archival Traditions and Languages.

New Issue: COMMA

Volume 2017, Issue 2, 2019

Amy Tector


Auto-classification in an international organization: report from a feasibility study
Gesa Büttner

Les barrières à l’accès aux documents administratifs au Ministère de l’économie, de la planification et de l’aménagement du Territoire du Cameroun
Jacques Albert Monty

The disconnect between archival descriptive technique and records management taxonomies
G. Mark Walsh

Archivists as amanuenses (scribes) of Indigenous knowledge
Nicola Laurent

Las nuevas realidades de la reprografía en archivos: de los metadatos a la gestión de procesos
Francisco Javier Crespo Muñoz

L’archivistique au Maroc : naissance, évolution et situation actuelle
Siham Alaoui

Quelles archives pour la société de demain? Le débat autour de la collecte des archives en France depuis les années 2000
Marie Ranquet

The physical barriers to accessing the documentary heritage at the National Archives of Zimbabwe
Forget Chaterera Antonio Rodrigues

El arte de robar Arte: Por una cartografía de los robos en Brasil y sus conexiones
Beatriz Kushnir

Archivos digitales, gobierno abierto y transparencia
Alicia Barnard

The uses of Wikidata for galleries, libraries, archives and museums and its place in the digital humanities
Stacey Cook

Requirements for archives and records management jobs in international organizations with focus on United Nations – A job analysis of the vacancy announcements in 2016
Maik Schmerbauch

International trends in standardizing archival terminology : the Multilingual Archival Terminology (MAT) as a model
Amany Mohamed

Podcasts: Season 2 of Archives in Context

Season 2 of Archives in Context Now Available

Cosponsored by SAA’s Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness, the podcast highlights archival literature and technologies and, most importantly, the people behind them. Listen to the new season via the Archives in Context websiteiTunesGoogle Play, and Spotify. Season 2 features interviews with:

  • Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamentals Series III
  • Laura Millar, author of A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age
  • Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera, editors of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene
  • Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters, co-host of The Keepers podcast
  • Teresa Brinati, director of publishing for SAA
  • Kathleen D. Roe, author of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists
  • Margot Note, author of Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations


Awards for Publication Excellence

Congrats to Laurainne Ojo-Ohikuare, athletics archivist at the University of Maryland, College Park, who is a recipient of the 2019 Grand Award from APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) for her gripping article, “Dropped onto the Processing Table: A CIA Cover-Up.” Given annually by Communications Concepts Inc, the award is APEX’s highest recognition of publication excellence. The article, published in Archival Outlook (November/December 2018), describes Ojo-Ohikuare’s decision to go against the dictum of “More Product, Less Process”—and the resulting discovery involving a cover-up by a federal government agency.

Call for Submissions: 2020 Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards

The ALA/ACRL/RBMS Exhibition Awards Committee is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2020 Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards are being accepted until Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in the publication of catalogs and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials, as well as for digital exhibitions of such materials. The prizes are administered and awarded by the  Exhibition Awards Committee. For more information, and a list of previous winners, please see

Submissions of printed materials (4 copies of each catalog or brochure) must be postmarked by October 15. For digital exhibitions, only an entry form is required. The form should be submitted online by October 15.

After judging is completed and the awards announced, the printed materials are sent to The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley and the Grolier Club in New York City. This constitutes a duplicate archive of the self-selected best work in the field.

We welcome any questions potential submitters may have, and look forward to your entries!

Anna Chen
Chair, Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards Committee
Rare Books & Manuscripts Section, ACRL, ALA