The John Dickinson Writings Project Seeks A Full-Time Managing Editor

The John Dickinson Writings Project (JDP), under the auspices of the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia, seeks a full-time Managing Editor.

The goal of the Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, and private donors, is to assemble the entire corpus of Dickinson’s political works into an estimated six printed volumes, a college-level course reader, and a Web-based digital version. John Dickinson contributed more writings to the American Founding than any other figure. He is best known for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767-68), the first resounding and successful call for colonial unity to resist British oppression.

The Managing Editor will complete the final stages of preparation of Volumes Three (1764–1766) and Four (1767–1769) and prepare Volume Five (1770–1775) of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. Working under the supervision of Jane Calvert (JDP) and Jennifer Stertzer (CDE) and in concert with other JDP/CDE staff in Charlottesville, Va., the Managing Editor will engage in the following activities: transcribing and proofreading manuscripts; annotation research (including travel to archives) and writing; formatting content in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat; basic work in Drupal. The Managing Editor will take the lead on these tasks and establish and manage the workflow of other experienced and new JDP team members.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA and is a 2-year commitment with an expected start date no later than January 2, 2020.

Required Qualifications: At least a master’s degree in early American history or related field; experience in scholarly publication or documentary editing; paleographic skills in 18th century handwriting; team-building/managerial skills; ability to solve problems in a digital environment; ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to meet strict production deadlines; meticulous attention to detail, including mastering complicated editorial protocols; commitment to the highest standard of scholarly work.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Revolutionary Era American history or related field; expertise in 18th century American or British legal and/or political texts; previous work with a Founder’s papers project or similar; experience in team management; familiarity with Drupal; reading knowledge of Latin and/or French.

The job posting can be found at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Managing-Editor–The-John-Dickinson-Writings-Project_R0011286. For questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Stertzer, at jes7z@virginia.edu or Jane Calvert at jane.calvert@uky.edu

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!

 

Applications/Nominations Invited for RBM Reviews Editor

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Reviews Editor for ACRL’s peer-reviewed journal in special collections librarianship, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. The Reviews Editor has charge of the reviews published in the journal’s biennial issues, to ensure the journal provides qualified opinions of new publications and other scholarly resources relevant to academic librarians and archivists specifically involved in rare books, manuscripts, and cultural heritage.

Responsibilities include receiving and soliciting material for review, making assignments to qualified reviewers, and collating reviews to meet production schedules.

The Reviews Editor is a voting member of the RBM Editorial Board. They work closely with the journal editor, members of the Editorial Board, and ACRL production staff. The appointment as Review Editor is a three-year term; applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL.

A nominal honorarium may be available for this position, pending final review of the RBM editorial budget.

Desired qualifications include:

  • professional experience in academic libraries;
  • experience as a reviewer for an academic journal;
  • ability to identify, prioritize, and distribute materials for review in the journal;
  • demonstrated ability to maintain and organize a widely scattered and diverse team of qualified reviewers;
  • ability to manage the flow of materials from publishers to reviewers to production staff;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • ability to meet, and hold others to, deadlines; and
  • familiarity with trends in cultural heritage institutions, higher education, and library and information science publishing.

Applications and nominations must include a statement of qualifications addressing the areas noted above and include a current CV. Application documents should be sent to RBM Editor Dr. Richard Saunders at rsaunders@suu.edu. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2019.

Finalists will be interviewed by conference call during December 2019. The appointment is made by the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee (PCC) upon the recommendation of the RBM Editorial Board. The Reviews Editor will begin training and working with the incumbent immediately upon appointment by PCC prior to their three-year term of appointment beginning in July 2020.

ADE Publications Committee Seeking Members

The Association for Documentary Editing’s publications committee seeks new members. The committee, chaired by Silvia Glick, is responsible for the ADE’s publishing projects, which in the past have included the online journal Scholarly Editing. The committee will meet by telephone or video conference in early October to plan its activities for the coming year. If interested, please contact Silvia at silviaglick@gmail.com.

CFP: Online Professional Development Presentations (ACRL) @ALA_ACRL

This call doesn’t specifically mention archives, but particularly with the social justice mention, this is an opportunity to share archival strategies and practices with academic librarians.

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The ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee (PDC) welcomes proposals for online programs that further ACRL members’ professional development, knowledge, and practice. Proposals should be grounded in theory and/or practice. We encourage the use of panels and multiple presenter models to convey a variety of viewpoints. Proposals for programs led by an individual presenter are also accepted. Programs usually run one hour, including time for questions, and are offered via Zoom.

All proposals will be considered, however, we are particularly interested in programs addressing the following topics in 2019-2020:

    • Evolving Models for Public Services and Learning Spaces
    • Critical Librarianship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice in Academic Libraries
    • Scholarly Communications
    • Data Management and Visualization
    • Changing Roles of Liaison Librarians and Functional Experts
    • Digital Scholarship
    • Assessment and Learning Analytics
    • Identifying and Developing Future Leaders

 

To receive full consideration for the 2019-2020 programming year, submissions should be received by Wednesday, September 18th, 2019. Please submit proposals at https://www.acrl.ala.org/ULS/online-program-proposal-submission-form/.

Please direct questions to Laura Gariepy, Chair of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee, at lwgariepy@vcu.edu. The Committee’s prior programs can be found here.

Call for Applications: Publications Editor

Become Part of SAA’s Dynamic Publishing Tradition!

The Society of American Archivists seeks an energetic individual to serve as Publications Editor and to continue the momentum of our dynamic publishing tradition.  SAA’s robust book publishing program has brought a rich variety of content to readers since the 1970s. The 150+ titles published by SAA since 2000 include original research, advanced texts, fundamentals, manuals, readers, and classics. Twenty modules have been published in the modular series Trends in Archives Practice. The first three volumes in the new Archival Fundamentals Series III and the first volume in a new series co-published with ALA, Archival Futures, were launched this summer. There are now seven open-access case studies series. And there are seventeen more projects in the pipeline.

The new Publications Editor will serve a three-year term beginning no later than April 1, 2020.

The Publications Editor is responsible for:

  • Setting a vision for the program and providing philosophical and strategic direction;
  • Directing the work of the Publications Board;
  • Acquiring manuscripts, writing, editing, and collaborating with authors;
  • Maintaining a clear and transparent review process;
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with other professional associations; and
  • With Council approval, seeking external financial support for specific projects.

The Publications Editor reports directly to the SAA Council and works closely with the Director of Publishing, who is responsible for production and business matters. The honorarium is commensurate with experience ($20,000–$30,000).

Qualifications:

  • SAA member with substantial archival experience;
  • Published author, skilled writer, and experienced editor;
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to nurture authors and board members;
  • Sufficient financial skill to ensure that the program remains within the budget established for it; and
  • Knowledge of current trends in the publishing industry.

Application

Please send a letter of interest and your curriculum vitae by November 1, 2019, to PubsEditorSearch@archivists.org.

New SAA Professional Writers Virtual Group

Greetings fellow archivists,

We are proud to announce a whole new way for Archivists to meet ad a whole new group to turn to for support…

Welcome to the Professional Writers Virtual Group!

This is an online-only group dedicated to the act of professional writing. It is a group that is under the auspices of the Society of American Archivists – and open to SAA members as well as non-SAA affiliated people.

Our goal to create a space where people can come together to support each other through the professional writing process. In the coming weeks we will be uploading basic resources to the document library, highlighting lesser-known opportunities to publish, and activities to help you go from idea to published piece.

To join to the virtual group just go to your Connect homepage and scroll down the Professional Writers Virtual Group and click join. Once you’ve joined you can send a message to the list at this address: ARCHIVISTS-professionalwritingvirtualgroup@ConnectedCommunity.org

The Connect page also has a Shared Files folder that includes the group’s mission statement, some resources, and a list of places to publish.

The most important part of this group will be the listserv. This is our mechanism to communicate – and we envision the conversations to be frequent and fruitful. Like all SAA lists, the PWVG is a safe space where you can ask any questions you have about professional writing and get the help you need.

The group is open to people who have published, who haven’t published but are interested, people who have ideas but need writing partners, those on the tenure track who need a mentor, or anyone who is interested in Professional Writing.

Stay tuned for more information, and happy writing!

Michelle, Rebecca, Alison, and Josh

Michelle Ganz
Archives Director
McDonough Innovation
michelle.ganz42@gmail.com

Alison Stankrauff
University Archivist
Wayne State University
alison.stankrauff@wayne.edu

Rebecca Hankins
Associate Professor
Africana and Women’s & Gender Studies Archivist/Librarian/Curator
Texas A&M University
rhankins@tamu.edu

Joshua Kitchens
Director, Master of Archival Studies Program
Clayton State University
JoshuaKitchens@clayton.edu