SAA Short Fiction Contest Announces Winner

“It isn’t stealing if no one cares about it anymore,” says the protagonist of “Quarantine,”Jeanne Kramer-Smyth’s winning entry in SAA’s 2018 Archives Short Fiction Contest.

Sponsored by the Publications Board, the contest garnered 30 entries, all of which had to feature an archives, an archivist, or archival materials. The jury unanimously chose Kramer-Smyth’s submission as the winning entry, based on its gripping story, excellent writing, and prominent discussion of preserving and retrieving electronic records. Set in the future during a global epidemic, an archivist, researcher, and donor work together to find vital information that may put an end to the disease. The jury noted that “this story, accessible to archivists and non-archivists alike, points to the vital importance of ensuring long-term access to born-digital information.”

In addition, the jury awarded honorable mentions to three other stories: “Risk Versus Benefit” by Nancy Freeman, “Ester Jones Diaz” by Rebekah McFarland, and “יצחק דזשאַעקק, אַ חשבו (Yitzchak Jaeck, An Account)” by Michelle Sayers.

Congratulations to Jeanne, Nancy, Rebekah, and Michelle, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Call for Editor: Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science

Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science – Revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliothéconomie (CJILS/RCSIB) http://www.cais-acsi.ca/cfe_cjils.htm

Applications are invited for the editorship of CJILS/RCSIB.

The Canadian Association for Information Science is requesting applications from individuals seeking consideration to become the next editor of CJILS/RCSIB. The association is also open to co-editors.

The official term of the position is open and will be negotiated between the candidate and the CAIS Board. It is hoped that the editor will be able to serve for at least three years. It is hoped that the new editor can start by January 2019 during the production of volume 42 (2018).

Scope of CJILS/RCSIB

CJILS/RCSIB was launched in 1976 and is dedicated to publishing articles in both English and French on all aspects of information and library science with an emphasis on the advancement of information and library science in Canada. The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding the issues in the field, and understanding the history, economics, and technology of information systems and services, and human information behaviour. The journal publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, information about significant library and information science research activities within Canada and the world, along with reviews of books and other media. Papers undergo a process of peer review, with usually two independent, double-blind reviews of each paper. Each volume of CJILS/RCSIB is usually comprised of four issues, with, on occasion, a thematic special issue. CJILS/RCSIB has been published online via Project MUSE since volume 34 (2010).

Editorial Role

The Editor is responsible for all aspects of publication associated with maintaining CJILS/RCSIB as the premier journal of its kind presenting perspectives on all aspects of Library and Information Science. The Editor is committed to making sure that the journal maintains its reputation to publish the best manuscripts in these areas. The Editor is responsible for determining the editorial direction including the selection and substantive editing of journal contents, for four issues per year. The Editor is also responsible for developing an editorial board and editorial team and may choose to nominate an Associate editor to handle manuscripts submitted in French if required.

Editorial Duties

  • Serve as Chair of the Journal’s Editorial Board (“the Board”).
  • Liaise with the University of Toronto Press (“the Press”).
  • In partnership with the Board, define the overall strategic direction for the journal.
  • Provide leadership to achieve the goals determined by that strategic direction.
  • Actively solicit manuscripts for the journal.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to authors.
  • Conduct initial screening of all manuscripts and forward those that meet criteria to selected reviewers.
  • Optional: Write an Editorial for an issue.
  • Optional: Solicit a themed issue or annual monograph.
    Optional: Secure a Guest Editor(s) for an issue.
  • Work with Board to recruit and select editorial reviewers.
    Work with Board to recruit book review editors (English and French).
  • Work with authors to revise manuscripts based on reviewers’ comments and Editor’s own recommendations for improvement (e.g., clarity, development of ideas, scholarly accuracy, overall quality, and compliance with publication guidelines).
  • Reply to rejected manuscript authors with a constructive email.
  • Address problems that arise from time to time, such as resolving charges of plagiarism.
  • Edit accepted manuscripts, send the materials to the publisher for copyediting, and proofread each issue prior to publication.
  • Submit a report annually to the Canadian Association for Information Science at the Annual General Meeting (during the CAIS conference).

Qualification and Requirements of Candidates

The Editor of CJILS/RCSIB must possess the following attributes:

  • Hold a faculty position and be active in the scholarly community.
  • Have published regularly in comparable scholarly journals.
  • Be willing to dedicate regular time each week to this role.
  • Be able to develop and articulate a sustainable vision for the future of the journal.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, preferably in both official languages (English and French).

Term

The Editor will serve for the term as negotiated with the CAIS Board which will be renewable for a second term at the discretion of the CAIS Board. The term may be terminated by the CAIS Board at any time should the Editor fail to fulfill the responsibilities outlined above.

Search Procedure

Applications will be reviewed by the CAIS Board immediately after the deadline submission date.

Application

Interested individuals should submit an application to CAIS no later than December 15, 2018.

The application should include:

A Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of CJILS/RCSIB. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will implement your plan.

Editor Background Information: Your name, affiliation, and other relevant information. Describe your qualifications for the job. Give evidence of your ability to provide sound judgment and guidance to potential authors. Please include a vita or resume.

Applications (as described above) should be no more than five pages (excluding vitae) and should be sent by December 15, 2018 to:

Heather Hill
President, Canadian Association for Information Science
hhill6@uwo.ca

Editorial Opportunities

dh+lib is looking for four new editors to join our editorial team:

Technical Editor
The Technical Editor will be responsible for maintaining the dh+lib website (which currently runs on WordPress and is hosted by ACRL) and working with ACRL to manage any problems that might arise. The person in this position would also take the lead assessing the current platform to ensure that it best meets our needs. Candidates should be able to commit 3-5 hours/week; have experience working with WordPress and WordPress plugins, ideally with PressForward; and have a strong interest in digital publishing.

Outreach Editor
The Outreach Editor will be responsible for maintaining relationships with professional organizations related to the mission of dh+lib, including the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section and the Association of Digital Humanities Organizations, and initiating new relationships that can help dh+lib reach out to new communities and help us grow. This editor would also have the opportunity to manage the dh+lib  Twitter account. Candidates should be able to commit 3-5 hours/week; be a member of an organization related to the mission of dh+lib (such as ACRL or ADHO); and have a strong interest in digital publishing.

As both of the above editorial positions are new, the people in these positions would help define their roles. Additionally, all members of the editorial team help with article submissions and would be involved with other content decisions.

Review Editor (2 positions)
Review editors take an active role in shaping the content that appears in the dh+lib Review, as well as contributing to strategic discussions about our workflows and future directions for the publication. Responsibilities of this role include working on rotation to either manage the week’s production effort (selecting items from nominated content, authoring/publishing posts) or provide editorial support suggestions on another editor’s week. Due to our editorial calendar, most of this activity takes place on Wednesday evenings/Thursday mornings, and Review editors often collaborate informally and have infrequent editorial meetings throughout each semester.

Each editorial appointment will be for a term of two years with options for renewal.

Candidates should submit a letter expressing their interest and their qualifications to dhandlib.acrl@gmail.com by November 7 for consideration.

Call for Editor: The Recipes Project

So, this isn’t scholarly archival publishing but too fun not to share for anyone interested in gaining editorial experience.

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Are you interested in recipes of all kinds? The Recipes Project is looking for an editor to join our team! Responsibilities include:

  • Connecting with and inviting potential contributors
  • Organizing and editing a month of posts every six months (in rotation with other co-Editors)
  • Regular liaising with co-Editors about site development, content, and promotion

Candidates from all historical periods and disciplines are invited to apply. This includes but is not limited to historians (especially modernists), literary critics, classicists, linguists, anthropologists, and those in food studies. Applications from PhD candidates are welcome.

To apply, please include a CV and one-page statement describing what you will bring to the team. Please submit applications via email to recipes@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de by 30 September 2018.

RP Current Editorial Team:
Jessica Clark
Amanda Herbert
Elaine Leong
Lisa Smith
Laurence Totelin

SAA Archives Short Fiction Contest 2018

When you work in archives, you collect many stories from the past—some touching, some hilarious, some unbelievable but true. With the Archives Short Fiction Contest, the SAA Publications Board invites you to try your hand at creating the story, using archives as the main character. The contest is open to all members of SAA.

Submission Guidelines: 

  • The story must feature an archives, an archivist, or archival materials.
  • Stories must be no more than 3,000 words in length and must be submitted in MS Word.
  • One submission per entrant.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of three archivists (to be determined by the SAA Publications Board), who will select a winner.
  • Winner will receive a cash prize of $250. The winning entry will be published in Archival Outlook and as a featured item on the SAA website.
  • Author retains copyright but grants permission to SAA to publish winning entry.