What do you want to know about archives writing and publishing?

When I first started this blog in 2015, one of my goals was to write about writing and publishing. That largely went by the wayside while I wrote a book. Now that my book is complete, I’ve been thinking more about what you, as authors, readers, editors, have interest in learning more about.

I have several ideas of what I could write about, but it’s more important to me to hear your questions and interests, what is most relevant to you that can help you with writing and publishing. So please share your ideas in the comments or if you prefer to remain anonymous, use this form.

This will go beyond a question/answer, I want it to be participatory. There are few forums available for archivists to discuss writing and publishing with each other, and I’d like this blog to be a place to connect, share experiences, and contribute. So submit questions, topics, ideas, etc. and let’s get talking!

New Bibliography: Public History and Archives

A few months ago I started a new page for bibliographies and invited anyone to contribute.

I’m pleased to share a new bibliography created by Hallel Yadin, Public History and Archives. This is an active project and will be updated. If you are interested in contributing to it, please let me know and I will add you as an author in Zotero or post the citations for you.

I welcome any other ideas and contributions. Thank you Hallel for all your work!

New Page: Bibliographies

Greetings Readers-

I have often seen people post requests to listservs, social media, or other places for ideas on literature to read on topics. It can be time consuming to do the research to find helpful and relevant information, and often someone else has already done it.

Therefore, I created a new page for Bibliographies. I started with SAA, SAA Sections, and did some other searching to start this compilation. I know there are many, many more out there, so please send me ones you’ve created or ones you know will be helpful to other archivists.

To stay within the goals of this blog, I’m looking for bibliographies that are directly beneficial to archivists, the work we do, and the knowledge we need. Here are some guidelines:

  • Focused on articles, books, and scholarly works
  • Grounded in, but not limited to, archival literature
  • May include works by our allied and related professions
  • May include supplemental resources (e.g. websites, blogs, etc.)
  • Can be in any format: Word, PDF, websites, Zotero, Google Docs, etc.

Have ideas for a topic where a bibliography doesn’t exist? Create one! And if you’re not sure how or where to start, let me know and let’s work together to start one.

I am very open to recommendations – I want this to be a helpful resource for archivists so please be in touch with any ideas.

Contact me with your suggestions!

Summer Reading Group: Privacy and Confidentiality

SAA’s Privacy and Confidentiality Section has started a summer reading group via Zoom to discuss topics affecting archivists from a privacy and confidentiality perspective. Join colleagues on July 16 at 12 p.m. CT for “Privacy and Protest” to discuss the American Archivist Spring/Summer 2018 article “Ethical Challenges and Current Practices in Activist Social Media Archives” by Ashlyn Velte and how to protect the privacy of protesters without sacrificing the opportunity to preserve the records of social movements.

Research Library Issues, no. 300: GLAM Collaboration Opportunities and Challenges

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Introduction

If You Want to Go Far, Go Together: The Collaboration among the GLAM Community
in Canada (2016–2019)

C-R-E-A-T-E: Building an Institutional Cultural Resources Platform

GLAM Collaborations under COVID-19 Conditions and Beyond

CFP-Archives Month Call for History@Work COVID-19 Crisis Response Pitches

As part of American Archives Month, for the second year in a row, History@Work will be running an October series dedicated to publicly-engaged work by archivists and librarians in the U.S. and abroad. This year, we are recruiting pitches related to the COVID-19 crisis. Do you want to share your thoughts and experiences with us about archives and public history as it relates to the work you have been doing surrounding the COVID-19 crisis?

Archivists are important advocates of public history. However, 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 and library practice and labor as well as archives and libraries as public history. Because the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted new challenges surrounding the use and maintenance of archives, we also welcome pitches from users of archives. We see this series as an opportunity to share information and forge connections among and between archivists, their publics, and other practicing public historians.

Original blog post pitches are welcomed on a range of topics as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis, including (but not limited to):

  • Using, accessing, and providing access to archives during a pandemic
  • Community-engaged archival practice in an era of social distancing
  • Archives, digital technology, equity, and outreach during a pandemic
  • Archival work as public history (including “how-to’s”)
  • Archives as vehicles for activism
  • Archives, diversity, and inclusion
  • Archival practices, policies, and procedures during a pandemic
  • Archival work to document COVID-19
  • Behind-the-scenes posts on archival labor and how it has changed (or not) during a pandemic
  • Reflections or connections to archives-related articles published in History@Work and The Public Historian

History@Work posts are between 800 and 1200 words. Post should be written in accessible language and avoid jargon; we prefer hyperlinks and citations integrated into the text over footnotes. We strongly prefer posts that include images. You can read more about our typical editorial process and style here: https://ncph.org/history-at-work/guidelines/You can read the 2019 Archives Month posts here.

A sample of past History@Work posts that have featured archives include:

In addition, prospective authors may choose to respond to, or get inspiration from, this sample of articles about archives from The Public Historian:

Pitches for original posts, which should be between three and five sentences long and may include images, are due by Friday, July 10, 2020. First drafts for accepted pitches are due by Monday, August 10, 2020. All posts go through peer editing. Questions and pitches can be directed to guest editor and archivist Krista McCracken at krista.mccracken@gmail.com.

View the Word and PDF versions of this Call for Pitches, and please help us by circulating widely!

~Krista McCracken is a public historian and archivist at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as well as a member of the NCPH Board of Directors.

~Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is a public historian and scholar of early American social history at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she directs the undergraduate Public History Program.

~Nicole Belolan is the Co-Editor of The Public Historian and the Digital Media Editor for the National Council on Public History and is based at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers in Camden, NJ.

Preservation Week Reading

From the Stacks: ACRL Publications Exploring Issues in Special Collections and Archives

Catch up on your reading during Preservation Week! As we celebrate the preservation of our personal and shared collections, today we’re showcasing ACRL publications that explore issues in special collections and archives. Check them out and discuss as part of the #preswk conversation. And don’t forget, e-books purchased through the ALA Store through June 30 are 50% off with code EBPP20!

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Job Opportunity: Consultants for the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents (IEHD) seeks consultants to join its faculty and develop online and in-person training in editing and publishing historical documents. Topics covered will include but are not limited to the following:

  • collecting and cataloging documents
  • selecting which documents to publish
  • digitizing
  • transcribing, and proofreading
  • encoding
  • creating metadata
  • designing, researching and writing annotation
  • conceptualizing, organizing, and designing a publication (whether print or digital)

The IEHD has offered introductory training to small groups of scholars since 1972, and now seeks to expand its audience to include archivists, librarians, teachers, undergraduate students, genealogists, and family historians by creating a free online course to be called Fundamentals of Publishing Historical Documents. We are also designing advanced in-person workshops for further training and skills development.

The IEHD seeks to fill four faculty consultant positions. Faculty will help develop the online Fundamentals course, which will be launched in 2021. The faculty will work with other members of the IEHD in a series of four in-person curriculum workshops at the University of Virginia to conceptualize and develop the Fundamentals course. Each faculty member will be responsible for designing several modules and will contribute to the development of other faculty’s modules. The workshops will take place in summer and fall of 2020, and winter and summer of 2021.

Recognizing that not all who practice editing call themselves editors, we are committed to creating a faculty diverse in disciplinary background. Such a faculty will include practitioners outside the traditional field of editing, as well as practitioners focusing on underrepresented subjects and materials. We thus encourage not only scholarly editors to apply, but also public historians, archivists, and other individuals with experience in the preparation, publication, and promotion of historical records. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching in-person or online courses and with demonstrated experience using multiple publication platforms.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV via email to Jennifer Stertzer at jes7z@virginia.edu. Deadline for applications is March 27, 2020.

The IEHD is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Through this program, the NHPRC seeks to increase the number and diversity of historical documentary editors, disseminate knowledge about documentary editing, and build the capacity of attendees as leaders in their own editorial projects and in the related fields of documentary editing, digital history, and digital humanities.

NOTES:
4 openings.
Telecommuting is allowed.

Call for Applicants: Associate Editor, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources

Call for Applicants

The Teaching with Primary Sources sub-committee of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists is accepting applications for the role of Associate Editor for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series. For more information about the series, visit https://www2.archivists.org/publications/epubs/Case-Studies-Teaching-With-Primary-Sources.

The Associate Editor works with the Editor to maintain the Teaching with Primary Sources Case Studies as a contribution to the professional scholarship and illustration of the application of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. The position, in collaboration with the Editor, coordinates the review process and works with peer reviewers. The Associate Editor role shall become the Editor when their term expires, requiring a two-year commitment.

DUTIES

  • In consultation with the Editor, identify potential authors and solicit proposals
  • Assist in coordinating the peer review process, working with peer reviewers to provide timely feedback
  • As directed by the Editor, communicate reviews and feedback to authors
  • Promote recently published case studies to the RAO membership and broader community of practitioners

Applications will be accepted at twps-casestudies@archivists.org until February 1, 2020. Applicants should submit a statement of interest explaining their experience editing; a writing sample; and a resume/CV. Questions may be addressed to Jen Hoyer at twps-casestudies@archivists.org.