Job Opportunity: Consultants for the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents (IEHD) seeks consultants to join its faculty and develop online and in-person training in editing and publishing historical documents.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students, genealogists, and family historians by creating a free online course to be called Fundamentals of Publishing Historical Documents.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.

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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.

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.