CFP: Archival Science Special Issue, “Archival Thinking: Genealogies and Archaeologies”

Archival Science has circulated a call for papers for a special issue on “Archival Thinking: Genealogies and Archaeologies”.

The guest editors are James Lowry, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (J.Lowry@liverpool.ac.uk) and Heather MacNeil, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto (h.macneil@utoronto.ca).

It has been suggested that provenance had been established as an organizing principle in Portuguese and Neapolitan archives long before De Wailly’s memorandum of 1841 introduced the principle to the Archives Nationales de France. It has also been suggested that macroappraisal emerged simultaneously but separately in Canada and China. And while the roots of certain aspects of records management have been traced back to medieval chancery procedures, much of its history remains under-researched and poorly understood.

There is a need for work that illuminates the history of ideas in the archival field. This special issue will provide space for explorations of archival concepts and practices as they have emerged over time. We are calling for papers that examine the development of archival practices, theories and traditions in different national and social contexts, and their transposition and movement over time. Articles might include:

  • discussions of Indigenous knowledge systems as sovereign or normative rather than alternative, supplementary or subaltern information systems
  • genealogies of classification theory that centre or recognise the contribution of archival thinking to knowledge organisation in other fields
  • lexicographical experiments, for instance mappings of technical terms across languages or traditions
  • studies of linked data or Records in Contexts that begin in the 1960s or earlier
    expositions of concepts of authenticity other than the juridical and Eurocentric conceptualisation dominant in archival studies
  • longitudinal visual analyses of the changing definition of provenance
  • glossed translations of canonical works in languages other than English
    histories of records management and its techniques, for instance the application of business process mapping to the design of classification schemes or the articulation of traditional registration practices in standards for digital systems
  • imagining an alternative present by deleting canonical works from history

We are particularly interested in papers that employ the archaeological and genealogical methodologies of Foucault to trace histories of ideas with a view to understanding their place(s) within paradigms, historical trajectories and social moments and movements.

Key dates:
• Submission deadline: 1 December 2019
• Review time: December 2019 to May 2020

Submission instructions: Papers submitted to the special issue must be original, and must not be under consideration for publication anywhere else. Data that have already been used in previously published work can only be reused if the research questions and analysis framework are new. Articles of various lengths will be accepted, but generally no more than 7,000-8,000 words.

Submissions should be made online via the Editorial Manager system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/arcs/default.aspx

During submission please select article type “SI: Archival Thinking”. All manuscripts must be prepared according to the journal publication guidelines which can also be found on the website http://www.springer.com/10502

Papers will be reviewed following the journal standard peer review process (double-blind).

CFP: Society of Florida Archivists Journal, vol. 2, no. 1 (2019)

The Society of Florida Archivists Journal (SFAJ) seeks articles that foster exciting conversations about progressive archival approaches and best practices in the state of Florida and beyond. Submissions that explore current developments, shared challenges, and untapped opportunities in archives, records management, and the curatorial sciences are encouraged for SFAJ vol. 2, no. 1 (2019).

Individual and co-authors are encouraged to submit works including, but not limited to: research papers, case studies, presentation proceedings, literature reviews, book and tool reviews, reflective essays, and works in progress. For more information about the mission, focus, and scope of the publication, visit the SFAJ website.

SFAJ is a peer-reviewed, open access, fully online publication with a rolling submission policy. Prospective authors are asked to review the journal guidelines prior to submitting articles and reviews. Inquiries, proposals, and all other communications should be sent directly to the journal’s editors at floridaarchivists.journal@gmail.com.

The inaugural issue of the Society of Florida Archivists Journal (SFAJ) debuted December 2018. Volume 1, number 1 is available online on the Journal’s website.

Podcasts as Scholarship

As a tenured archivist in an academic library, I constantly think about what counts as “scholarship.” Traditionally, that means books and peer-reviewed articles. I strongly believe that while these are extremely valuable, it is necessary to push the boundaries beyond the traditional to include projects that require the same amount, if not more, work to accomplish. The intent of podcasts may not be for scholarly pursuit, but are important nonetheless.

Podcasts are one of those types of projects. Writing, directing, producing, and recording podcasts take a lot of time and skill. Although archivists have been creating podcasts for some time, recently I seem to come across more and more great work done by archivists. Further, at least to my knowledge, I have not yet found a place where podcasts about or created by archivists are compiled into one place.

So I decided to add a page to this site for podcasts. I prefer to not post ones that are reproductions of audio holdings, that are library-focused, or digital humanities projects. I will focus instead on podcasts where there are conversations and interpretations of archivists discussing their work, collections, institutions, researchers, and practices.

I expect that there are many I’m not aware of, so please let me know any suggestions!

Active Again!

Greetings! After sporadic posts in the last couple months, I’m ready to keep you informed again.

I just spent the week at SAA in Austin and am always energized by all of you who tell me how much you appreciate my work in sharing information about publishing about archives.

Writing a book has kept me occupied, and I’m pleased to share that I submitted my second full draft just before SAA. There of course will be some edits over the next few months, but it should be out in the first part of 2020. I was excited to see the first three, and am very much looking forward to mine joining the ranks.

My original intent with this blog was to offer resources beyond announcements and calls. I have some ideas that I plan to flush out so look for those coming soon.

As always, thank you for reading!

Cheryl

CFP: National Council on Public History, Archives Month call for blog post pitches

I am deviating from the focus on scholarly publishing to share this call from NCPH. What a great opportunity to share with public historians the intricacies of our work!

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As part of American Archives MonthHistory@Work will be running an October series dedicated to the publicly-engaged work done by archivists in the U.S. and abroad. Do you want to share your thoughts and experiences with us about archives and public history?

Archivists are important advocates of public history, and public historians who specialize in different areas may not be familiar with archivists’ efforts to decolonize archives, assist community members interested in maintaining their own collections, and other areas of critical practice. As such, this series will focus on archival practice, archival labor, and archives as public history. We see this series as an opportunity to share information and forge connections among and between archivists and other practicing public historians.

Read the full call

On Hiatus, Sort of

Dear Readers:

Perhaps you noticed the lack of posts in the last few weeks. I just want to share that it is temporary. I’m in the thralls of finishing my book manuscript and haven’t taken the time to update this blog. I know there have been many announcements lately and when I can, I’ll post ones that are still active.

But I promise to get back to regular posts as soon as I can, most likely in July.

As always, thank you for reading!

Cheryl

New/Recent Publications: Various

ARL White Paper on Wikidata: Opportunities and Recommendations
Association of Research Libraries, 2019

Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
edited by Amy S. Jackson, Cindy Pierard, and Suzanne M. Schadl
Association for College and Research Libraries, 2019

Research Library Issues, RLI 297: The Current Privacy Landscape
2019

Triple Storage for Random Access: Versioned Querying of RDF Archives
Ruben Taelman, Miel Vander Sande, Joachim Van Herwegen, Erik Mannens and Ruben Verborgh

Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection, 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 29 – November 3, 2018, Proceedings, Part II
Editors: Marinos Ioannides, Eleanor Fink, Raffaella Brumana, Petros Patias, Anastasios Doulamis, João Martins, Manolis Wallace
(Springer International Publishing, 2018)

Always Already Computational: Collections
Thomas Padilla, PI, Laurie Allen, Co-PI, Hannah Frost, Co-I, Sarah Potvin, Co-I, Elizabeth Russey Roke, Co-I, Stewart Varner, Co-I