Call for Nominations: SAA Preservation Publication Award

The Society of American Archivists Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee is seeking nominations for the prestigious Preservation Publication Award.

Do you know of an outstanding preservation-related work published in 2018?  Would you like to see the author(s) or editor(s) recognized for contributing to preservation and the archives profession?

Please consider submitting a nomination prior to the deadline of February 28, 2019.

The nomination form is available at app.smarterselect.com/programs/…

Additional information can be found at www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-preservation   I encourage you to check out the list of previous winners at the bottom of this page.  Past winners have published important works on a wide range of preservation topics, including general archives and electronic records preservation, special media conservation, facilities standards for archives, and emergency preparedness and response.

Here is some additional information about the award from the SAA website:

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Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding published work relating to archives preservation and, through this acknowledgement, encourages outstanding achievement by others.  The work can be an article, report, chapter, or monograph in an audiovisual, electronic or print format.

The work must contribute to the advancement of the theory and practice of preservation in archives institutions by introducing new preservation theories, methods, or techniques; by codifying principles and practices of archives preservation; by presenting the results of innovative research on matters related to archives preservation; by investigating preservation issues of current interest and importance to the archives community; or by studying aspects of the history of archives profession.

Eligibility:

Awarded to the author(s) or editor(s) of an outstanding preservation- related work that is of relevance to the North American archives community and published during the preceding calendar year.

Please feel free to contact me, or any other member of the Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee, directly with any questions you may have about the nomination process.

Sincerely,

Alexis Peregoy

peregoya@ccp.arizona.edu

SAA Preservation Publication Award Subcommittee, Chair

Call for Nominations: 2018 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

Have you read a great new book about archives? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-leland. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019.

The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.”

(Please note that periodicals are not eligible.)

Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the 1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

SAA Short Fiction Contest Announces Winner

“It isn’t stealing if no one cares about it anymore,” says the protagonist of “Quarantine,”Jeanne Kramer-Smyth’s winning entry in SAA’s 2018 Archives Short Fiction Contest.

Sponsored by the Publications Board, the contest garnered 30 entries, all of which had to feature an archives, an archivist, or archival materials. The jury unanimously chose Kramer-Smyth’s submission as the winning entry, based on its gripping story, excellent writing, and prominent discussion of preserving and retrieving electronic records. Set in the future during a global epidemic, an archivist, researcher, and donor work together to find vital information that may put an end to the disease. The jury noted that “this story, accessible to archivists and non-archivists alike, points to the vital importance of ensuring long-term access to born-digital information.”

In addition, the jury awarded honorable mentions to three other stories: “Risk Versus Benefit” by Nancy Freeman, “Ester Jones Diaz” by Rebekah McFarland, and “יצחק דזשאַעקק, אַ חשבו (Yitzchak Jaeck, An Account)” by Michelle Sayers.

Congratulations to Jeanne, Nancy, Rebekah, and Michelle, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Call for Nominations: SAA Awards

While there are many awards that SAA gives, here are the ones related to publishing. Please consider submitting a nomination!

  • C.F.W. Coker Award  (for finding aids, tools or projects that involve innovative development in archival description)
  • Waldo Gifford Leland Award  (for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice)
  • Theodore Calvin Pease Award  (for superior writing achievement by a student of archival studies as nominated by his/her instructor)

 

SAA Author Wins Award

Alex Poole Receives Award for Article in American Archivist 
Alex Poole, assistant professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, received the 2018 Bob Williams History Fund Research Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology for his article, “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century,” which appeared in American Archivist Vol. 80.2. Of the article, the jury said, “Poole’s fascinating and well-researched account of the role of African Americans in the development of archives in the United States addresses a much-neglected topic of diverse contributions to archival theory and practice.” Read the award-winning article here

2017 Archives & Manuscripts Emerging Writers Award announced

Congratulations to the 2017 recipient of the Archives & Manuscripts Sigrid McCausland
Emerging Writers Award
 – Ross Spencer. The award recognises the work of emerging writers who have published an article in the journal. Each year the members of Archives & Manuscripts Editorial Board decide the winner of this award, which features a $1000 cash payment.

  • 2017 – Volume 45, Number 2, July 2017 – Ross Spencer, ‘Binary Trees? Automatically identifying the links between born-digital records’.