Call for Reviewers: Studies in Oral History

Contributors interested in submitting a review to our journal Studies in Oral History are asked to notify our new reviews editor Gwyn McClelland by 15 May 2023.

We accept a wide range of reviews including reviews of podcasts, online oral history records or exhibitions.

So if you’re interested, please send an email with your contact details and the subject for review to You just need to express interest by 15 May not submit the review by that date.

For further information about our journal requirements please consult the Guidelines for Contributors and Style Guide.

Call for Contributions: Updating Visual Materials Bibliography

The Visual Materials Section steering committee has formed a working group to update our resources and bibliography for visual materials. If this project interests you, consider joining the working group by contacting Angela Schwartz at

The 38-page bibliography started in the 1980s by Richard Pearce-Moses and later donated to VMS has been updated periodically over last thirty years. This current revision will include:

· Member submitted resources. If you have a favorite resource that helps you with your visual materials work, please submit it via this form.

· Links to digital copies of available resources.

· Expansion of visual material types. The bibliography currently includes photographs, moving images, selected print technologies, visual ephemera, and architectural records. We will be adding resources for cartographic materials and born-digital. If there are additional formats you’d like to see represented, let us know!

VMS Chair

Call for LibParlor Online Learning Curriculum Creators

LibParlor Online Learning (LPOL) is an Institute of Museum and Library Services funding grant project aimed at developing a free, open-source online curriculum to build capacity for academic Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals to conduct and publish rigorous original research. This curriculum will teach foundational knowledge and specialized skills necessary for professionals to conduct research in the field. 

We are looking for applicants to help us create LPOL’s curriculum content! Consideration will primarily be given to LIS researcher practitioners and/or LIS faculty members, and generally anyone with demonstrated experience in this area. Please see our recruitment handout for information on this opportunity.

To apply for this paid opportunity, please send an email to with the subject line LPOL Curriculum Creator Application and provide the following:

  • A resume or CV
  • Your desired lessons from the curriculum outline you would like to create in order of preference (no creator will work on more than three total lessons) 
  • Name(s) of others with whom you’d like to create lesson content, if applicable 

If you have expressed interest in creating content for this project in the past, please still apply following the directions above so that we can match you with your preferred content. We’re thrilled to have our LIS community build LPOL with us!

All PDFs have been made accessible, but if there are any problems please email us directly at and we will rectify them as soon as possible.

Happy New Year!

Greetings readers!

After a nearly 2 year hiatus, I am going to start posting publishing news again. I recently started two service activities that inspired me coming back to this blog; I am on SAA’s Dictionary Working Group, and I was elected as the ACA Regent for Exam Development.

It turns out that because of both these positions, I find myself wanting to look at this blog to find sources. I have used the journal list frequently (now updated with current links) and lamented that there isn’t a single resource to browse newly published books.

Likely, it will take a while to get back into the groove of regular posts, so please bear with me as I get back on track. In the meantime, please feel free to send me anything you’d like posted.

I am excited to again provide a place to collate information about publishing in the archives profession. Thank you for reading!


Seeking New Editor for this Blog

Greetings Readers-

Nearly 6 years ago I began this blog as a resource for archivists interested in publishing. I believe it is important to have a resource that shares information about publications, calls for papers, and other resources. I have greatly appreciated all the support I’ve received.

However, it is time for me to pass the blog off to someone new to carry it forward. My priorities have changed and my time is occupied by new endeavors. Therefore, I unfortunately no longer have the time to devote to this blog. This was not an easy decision, as writing and publishing in the profession is a passion of mine. 

I am hoping that there is a person or group who is interested in taking it over. I will gladly share my resources and processes to find the content to post. I’d spend an average of 2-5 hours per week to read blogs, newsletters, and other sources. 

Please email me at ccoest [@] if you are interested. 

Thank you for reading!

Happy holidays!

I haven’t been giving this blog as much attention as it requires in the past few weeks, and now suddenly the holidays are upon us.

I will return sometime in January to continue posting content, with the goal of expanding the resources I provide. As always, I welcome ideas.

In the meantime, I hope everyone has a peaceful holiday season!


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.