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

SAA Issues & Advocacy Section: A Reading List for Practicing Allyship in Archives

Thanks to SAA’s Issues & Advocacy Section for putting this together. I hope to see more reading lists like this and if you have one about any aspect of archives, I’ll gladly post it.

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See the full blog post.

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists On The Issues: Answering The Call For Inclusivity, Summer Espinoza https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/archivists-on-the-issues-answering-the-call-for-inclusivity/

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists on the Issues: Reflections on Privilege in the Archives, Summer Espinoza https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/archivists-on-the-issues-reflections-on-privilege-in-the-archives/

Issues and Advocacy: #ARCHIVESSOWHITE In The Words Of Jarrett Drake  https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/archivessowhite-in-the-words-of-jarrett-drake/

Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2). Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4nj0w1mp

Joan M. Schwartz and Terry Cook, “Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory” Archival Science (2002) 2: 1, https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02435628.

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies vol. 5, (2018) https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol5/iss1/6/

Nicole A. Cook Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals (California: ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Mario H. Ramirez (2015) Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative. The American Archivist: Fall/Winter 2015, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 339-356. https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081.78.2.339

Expanding #ArchivesForBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories, Jarrett Drake, June 27, 2016. https://medium.com/on-archivy/expanding-archivesforblacklives-to-traditional-archival-repositories-b88641e2daf6

Caswell, Michelle (2017).  Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives.Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 87(3) 223-235. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu.libproxy.csudh.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/692299

Caswell, Michelle & Brilmyer, Gracen (2016).  Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives: An Incomplete List of White Privileges in Archives and Action Items for Dismantling Them.  http://www.gracenbrilmyer.com/dismantling_whiteSupremacy_archives3.pdf  

Taylor, Chris (2017). Getting Our House in Order: Moving from Diversity to Inclusion. The American Archivist, 80(1), 19-29. https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081.80.1.19

Webinar: Writing for History Publications

Archivists have appeared in these publications, and if you’re looking to reach beyond archival professional publications, this is a great opportunity.

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NCPH is partnering with the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) on a “Writing for History Publications” webinar. NCPH members can get a code for a discounted rate by emailing ncph@iupui.edu

Every project has a story, and the field wants to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs. We’ll cover the basics of submitting work to History News, the AASLH blog, The Public HistorianHistory@Work, and the Nursing Clio blog, with tips on choosing your platform and focus.

DATE: May 30, 2019

TIME: 3:00 – 4:15 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone!)

COST: $40 Members of AASLH and NCPH (NCPH members email ncph@iupui.edu for a discount code) / $65 Nonmembers

For a full description and to register visit https://aaslh.org/event/webinar-writing-for-history-publications/ .

Newsletters

This is a periodic reminder about newsletters as a publishing option. I encourage writing for newsletters because there’s usually a quicker turnaround and they are always looking for content. But mostly, because it’s a great way to start writing. It can be overwhelming to think about starting with a scholarly article, so writing short pieces is good practice while getting another line on your resume. Plus, they generally don’t require research and instead focus more on current project and activities.

And a quick note about two new newsletters, the Appalachian Curator and the BAS Quarterly (from SAA’s Business Archives Section).

As much as I’d like to, I can’t post every call or new newsletter, because there’s too many (which is great!). So take a look at the list of newsletters and find one that works for you!

Job: Associate Editor, Mark Twain Papers

Associate Editor (4018U)

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 03/01/2019

Departmental Overview
Located in the midst of the Mark Twain Papers in The Bancroft Library, the Mark Twain Project is a longstanding, distinguished scholarly undertaking which is creating a comprehensive scholarly edition of Mark Twain’s writings, including all of his letters, notebooks, and unpublished manuscripts, as well as his published journalism and literary works. Before 2007 all editions were published as printed books. Since 2007 we have been building an electronic edition of these writings, http://www.marktwainproject.org, which draws upon the Web’s strengths of search, organization, and display.

Responsibilities

• Researches, writes, edits, and checks for accuracy texts, textual apparatuses, explanatory notes, and other documentation (maps, charts, schedules, and lists) for a variety of purposes, including publication in books, on the Web, and in internally accessed databases. Applies a mastery of both subject matter (Mark Twain’s life and writings, nineteenth-century American history and literature) and Project specific editorial standards and modern textual theory. Assignments may include writing parts of individual editorial content, grant proposals, articles for publication, briefing materials, talking points, press releases, web sites and site content.

• Determines content and sources for publications and written work, conducts research with multiple and sometimes conflicting sources, decides how a text by Mark Twain should read based on that research, and ensures accuracy, clarity and sound judgment in establishing such a text and its technical apparatus.

• Consults with and advises scholars seeking help in solving their problems searching Mark Twain.

• May edit and oversee design and production of a variety of print and online material.

• May develop publications or web sites to meet communication needs.

• Assesses submitted manuscripts and recommends materials to be published, including working with nonresident authors on developing material for publication.

• May oversee or lead staff; hire, assign, and oversee freelance staff.

• May respond to media inquiries, directing reporters to campus media relations officers and other subject­ matter experts as appropriate

Required Qualifications

• Masters degree in related area (e.g. American literature, history) and/or equivalent experience/training. Ph.D. is preferred.

• Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills in writing clearly and effectively for both scholarly audiences and the broader public.

• Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines.

• Some knowledge of and/or ability to quickly learn computer applications for writing, editing, publishing, image handling, and/or web production, especially XML-based workflows.

• Advanced research and fact verification skills.

• Good interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.

• Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.

• Ability of maintain absolute confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications

• Familiarity with library metadata.

• Experience with transcribing manuscripts.

• Experience with devising and running unit and system tests.

• A keen eye for proofreading and copy-editing.

Salary & Benefits
$69,000.00 – $105,200.00 annual
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
All applicants should submit a writing sample with their application.
Please submit your sample, cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/1399319