New Issue: RBM

RBM Vol 21, No 2 (2020)

Editor’s Note
Richard Saunders

Research Articles

The Past, Present, and Future of Special Collections Library Literature
Melanie Griffin

No Mere Culinary Curiosities: Using Historical Cookbooks in the Library Classroom
Kathryn G. Matheny

Picking Up the Pieces: Library Processes and the Theft of Rare Materials
Greg Seppi, Dainan Skeem

Book Reviews

Bernard Meehan. The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin, fully revised and updated edition.
Diana La Femina

Kathy Peiss. Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe.
Joshua C. Youngblood

Michael Vinson. Bluffing Texas Style: The Arsons, Forgeries, and High-Stakes Poker Capers of Rare Book Dealer Johnny Jenkins.
Brian Shetler

Library Trends Special Issue: Digital Humanities in China

Library Trends Vol. 69 no. 1 Summer 2020

Lian Ruan, Xingye Du

The Evolution of Digital Humanities in China
Xiaoguang Wang, Xu Tan, Huinan Li

Research on the Evaluation of Digital Academic Competence of Chinese Humanists
Zhangping Lu, Jianghao Tang, Siyuan Zhu, Wencheng Su, Hui Li

Research on the Digital Humanities Practices in Chinese Libraries: A Case Study of Shanghai Libraries
Wang Shen, Jiuyu Chen, Jia Guo, Chuang Hong, Jun Deng

Building a Memory Map to Reconstruct an Urban Memory: The Case of the Beijing City Gates
Li Niu, Lichao Liu, Chenxiang Gao, Xiaoshuang Jia

KnowPoetry: A Knowledge Service Platform for Tang Poetry Research Based on Domain-Specific Knowledge Graph
Liang Hong, Wenjun Hou, Lina Zhou

How to Evaluate and Select a Data Repository for Humanities and Social Science: A Case Study of Fudan University Data Repository for Humanities and Social Science
Shenqin Yin, Jilong Zhang, Menghao Jia, Jie Hu

Research on Knowledge Organization and Visualization of Historical Events in the Republic of China Era
He Li, Linlin Zhu, Wang Shen, Xingye Du, Shuhe Guan, Jun Deng

Digital Projects of Chinese Historical Local Private Documents: Database Development and Exploring of Text Mining
Siyuan Zhao, Meng Tang, Yi Sun

Construction of Smart Data toward Dunhuang Grottoes
Xiaoguang Wang, Hongyu Wang, Wanli Chang, Chen Zhang, Lei Xu

The Evolution of Intangible CH Digital Resources: The Case of the Qingming Festival
Xin Xu, Shiyao Wang

A Conceptual Model of Chinese Oral Memory Based on Digital Humanities
Jun Deng, Ruan Wang, Xueyan Song, Zishu Zhang

Digital Humanities Scholarly Commons at Beijing Normal University Library
Xing Zhao, Li Shu’ning, Xiao Ya’nan, Haiqing Huang

The Study of Premodern Chinese Literature in the Digital Era: New Methods of Quantitative Statistics, Databases, and Visualization Analyses
Shiwang Lin

Distribution Maps of Chinese Poets in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644): A Geographical Visualization Experiment
Lixiang Qian

A Probe into Patentometrics in Digital Humanities
Guirong Hao, Fred Y. Ye

Digital Humanities Cyberinfrastructure for Ancient China Studies: Past, Present, and Future
Benjun Zhu, Jiuzhen Zhang

New Content: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) announces the publication of three new articles and two new book reviews.

“MPLP: From Practice to Theory,” written by Kyna Herzinger.

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Abstract: This paper traces the transformation of More Product, Less Process or MPLP from a processing methodology to a principle that has supported a growing toolbox of practices. It highlights the seeds of that principle, which are rooted in Greene and Meissner’s effort to shift professional focus away from processing minutiae and toward access to and use of archival materials. Although MPLP developed out of demonstrable needs, its underlying attention to the nature of archival work and the archivist’s role within that work speaks to deeper concepts addressed within archival theory. This paper argues that MPLP’s pragmatic methods have evolved beyond a toolbox of practices, and that MPLP should be recast as a principle to be both challenged and held in tension with other fundamental archival principles.

“Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! Experiences from Creating a Web Archive for Swedish Trade Unions,” written by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba, and Jaanus Karo.

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Abstract: The Internet has become an increasingly important forum for societal activism, as event mobilization, member organization, and some actions have moved online. These new types of activities, often facilitated by diverse social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, form an increasingly important part of contemporary social movements’ and organizations’ communication, work, and expression. This rapid digitalization and the increase of online activities have created a dilemma for social movement archives and researchers: Born-digital material is necessary to understand our contemporary movements, yet the materials generated and available on the Internet are rarely systematically archived. To help find solutions to this problem, the project Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! set out to construct an archiving system for material created on the Internet by the Swedish trade union movement (i.e., websites and social media feeds). This article reviews the creation of the DigiFacket system and explores the challenges of building a web archive that meets both the needs of the research community and the movements occurring online, and that is easy enough to maintain, even for small archives.

“Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs,” written by Rory Grennan.

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Abstract: Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs, edited by Peter Gottlieb and David W. Carmichael, examining the main topics of leadership and management of people in archival programs, its place in the archival literature, and its potential audience.


“Review of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists,” written by Elizabeth D. James.

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AbstractAdvocacy and Awareness for Archivists is at once a practical guide and a call to action to consistently communicate the work and impact of archives at the local, regional, and national levels. As an expansion of the Archival Fundamentals Series, the book places the work of advocacy as being central to the archives profession. However, it neglects to incorporate contemporary archival concerns related to power dynamics and inequity when planning and conducting an advocacy effort.

“Review of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene” written by Gregory Wiedeman.

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Abstract:  Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene is an archetypal Festschrift with 23 essays on each of the 11 Society of American Archivists Core Values of Archivists. This is primarily a book about archival professionalism, as Scott Cline’s framing essay offers the values as “integral to the archival endeavor” and the SAA Publications Board selected it as the fourth of SAA’s annual “One Book, One Profession” series. The book features some particularly standout works that will help both graduate students and veteran archivists better understand some of the more cutting-edge ideas that are reshaping how archivists think of themselves and their work. However, the traditional format and conservative genre can be a bit problematic and may undermine the effort and limit its potential readership.

JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library, New England Archivists, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

New/Recent Publications


The Postwar American Poet’s Library: An Archival Consideration with Charles Olson and the Maud/Olson Library,” Book History Vol. 23 (2020)
Mary Catherine Kinniburgh

The Page Image: Towards a Visual History of Digital Documents,” Book History Vol. 23 (2020)
Andrew Piper, Chad Wellmon, and Mohamed Cheriet

“The Bane of a Music Librarian’s Existence”: Why and How Music Libraries Preserve Scores with Spiral and Comb BindingsMusic Reference Services Quarterly
Peter Shirts

Identifying VOCs in exhibition cases and efflorescence on museum objects exhibited at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York,” Heritage Science 8:115 (2020)
Alba Alvarez-Martin, John George, Emily Kaplan, Lauren Osmond, Leah Bright, G. Asher Newsome, Rebecca Kaczkowski, Frederik Vanmeert, Gwénaëlle Kavich and Susan Heald

Evaluation of metadata describing topographic maps in a National Library,” Heritage Science 8:113 (2020)
Marta Kuźma and Albina Mościcka

Documenting Digital Projects: Instituting Guidelines for Digital Dissertations and Theses in the Humanities,” College & Research Libraries Vol. 81 no. 7 (2020)
Roxanne Shirazi and Stephen Zweibel

Liberating digital collections: Rights review of digital collections at the Ohio State University Libraries,” College & Research Libraries Vol. 81 no. 10 (2020)
Sandra Aya Enimil


The Library Outreach Cookbook
Ryan L. SittlerTerra, J. Rogerson
(American Library Association, 2020)

Copyright’s Highway: From the Printing Press to the Cloud, Second Edition
Paul Goldstein
(Stanford University Press, 2019)


Structuring Collaborations: The Opportunities and Challenges of Building Relationships Between Academic Museums and Libraries
Liam Sweeney
(Ithaka S+R, 2020)


S4.7: Ferrin Evans : Queer Loss, Marginalized Experiences and Demanding a Seat at the Table
Archivist’s Alley

New Podcast: Rose Library Presents, Emory University

#56 Engineering Empathy: Building Innovative Access Systems and Preserving Video Testimony with Sam Gustman, CTO and Associate Dean at USC Shoah Foundation and USC Libraries
The Workflow Show

Case Studies

New Case Study on Access Policies for Native American Archival Materials
Case 3: Access Policies for Native American Archival Materials in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
 by Diana E. Marsh, Robert Leopold, Katherine Crowe, and Katherine S. Madison is the latest addition to SAA’s open access case studies series on Access Policies for Native American Archival Materials. This case examines the policies and practices of the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History over a fifty-year period. It describes a series of archival programs and projects that occurred before, during, and after the development of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials in order to view changes in the archives’ access policies within a broader cultural and institutional milieu. The case study assesses the influence of the Protocols as well as some challenges to the adoption of several recommendations and makes several proposals for archival repositories with comparable collections and constituencies. The case studies series is sponsored by the Native American Archives Section.

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science Volume 20, issue 4, December 2020

Original Paper
Open Access
Towards a human-centred participatory approach to child social care recordkeeping
Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle, Elizabeth Lomas, Andrew Flinn, Anna Sexton

Original Paper
Open Access
Creating value of the past through negotiations in the present: balancing professional authority with influence of participants
Ina-Maria Jansson

Original Paper
Usability evaluation of an open-source environmental monitoring data dashboard for archivists
Monica G. Maceli, Kerry Yu

Original Paper
Two archives of the Russian revolution
Vera Kaplan

Original Paper
Margins of documents, center of power: a case study on the Consejo de Indias’ annotated paperwork and the construction of legality in an imperial archive
Caroline Cunill

New Issue: Built Heritage

Special Issue: Applying a Landscape Perspective to Digital Cultural Heritage

Introduction: Applying a landscape perspective to digital cultural heritage
Guest Editor: Chen Yang and Kelly Greenop

Research Articles
Harnessing digital workflows for the understanding, promotion and participation in the conservation of heritage sites by meeting both ethical and technical challenges
Mario Santana Quintero, Reem Awad and Luigi Barazzetti

Digital cultural heritage and rural landscapes: preserving the histories of landscape conservation in the United States
Sarah Karle and Richard Carman

A digital information system for cultural landscapes: the case of Slender West Lake scenic area in Yangzhou, China
Chen Yang and Feng Han

Towards more-than-human heritage: arboreal habitats as a challenge for heritage preservation
Stanislav Roudavski and Julian Rutten

Book, conference and exhibition review
‘digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS, a landscape perspective’ International Conference Report
Chris Landorf

New/Recent Publications


Engagement in the Digital Era
Edited by Nicole J. Milano and Christopher J. Prom; featuring modules by Michele Casto, Dina Kellams, Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Nicole J. Milano, Daniel J. Linke, Jennie Thomas, and Travis H. Williams
(Society of American Archivists, 2020)

Who Owns the News?: A History of Copyright
Will Slauter
(Stanford University Press, 2019)

The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race, and the Making of Americans
Anjali Vats
(Stanford University Press, 2020)

Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia
Rosie Bsheer
(Stanford University Press, 2020)

The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. VII

Reflections on Practitioner Research: A Practical Guide for Information Professionals
Lee Ann Fullington, Brandon K. West, Frans Albarillo
(ACRL, 2020)

Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field
Peter Botticelli, Michèle V. Cloonan, Martha R. Mahard
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019)

Saving Your Digital Past, Present, and Future: A Step-by-Step Guide
Vanessa Reyes
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)

Encyclopedia of Archival Writers, 1515 – 2015
Edited by Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)

The Preservation Management Handbook: A 21st-Century Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Second Edition
Revised by Donia Conn, Ross Harvey, and Martha R. Mahard
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)

Archival Basics: A Practical Manual for Working with Historical Collections
Charlie Arp
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)


“Mass Print, Clipping Bureaus, and the Pre-Digital Database: Reexamining Marianne Moore’s Collage Poetics through the Archives,” Journal of Modern Literature Volume 43, Number 1, Fall 2019
Alison Fraser


Social Interoperability in Research Support: Cross-Campus Partnerships and the University Research Enterprise
by Rebecca Bryant, Annette Dortmund, and Brian Lavoie
(OCLC, 2020)

Case Studies

Engaging History Majors in Intensive Archival Research: Assessing Scaffolded Curricula for Teaching Undergraduates Primary Source Literacy Skills

Teaching with Primary Sources Remotely

Rethinking Record Groups and University Archives Classification at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Pearl Jam: It’s a Rock Band, Not The Smithsonian
The Kitchen Sisters


Ohio Archivist, Fall 2020

Archivists and Archives of Color, Summer 2020

Archives Themed Issue: Anglia Journal of English Philology

Anglia, Volume 138 (2020): Issue 3 (Sep 2020)

Special Issue: Archives


Daniel Stein
Whats in an Archive? Cursory Observations and Serendipitous Reflections

David Kerler
Archive Fever and British Romanticism: Blake, Byron, and Keats

Tim Sommer
Between Aura and Access: Artefactuality, Institutionality, and the Allure of the Archival

Alexander Starre
The Document as Epistemic Object: Notes on Archival Knowledge Cultures

Katrin Horn
Of Gaps and Gossip: Intimacy in the Archive

Michael A. Chaney
Words, Wares, Names: Dave the Potter as American Archive 

Diana Folsom, Renee Harvey and Kristen T. Oertel
From Parchment to Podcast: The Collaborative Process of Building and Unlocking an Archive

Birgit Däwes
The People Shall Continue: Native American Museums as Archives of Futurity

Ryan Cordell
Speculative Bibliography

New/Recent Publications


Making Language Visible in the University: English for Academic Purposes and Internationalisation
Bee Bond
(Multilingual Matters, 2020. Note: This is not about archives, but may be relevant to academic archivists)

Boxes: A Field Guide
Edited by Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi
(Mattering Press, 2020)

Reference and Access for Archives and Manuscripts (AFS III, Vol. 4)
Cheryl Oestreicher
(Society of American Archivists, 2020)

Advancing Preservation for Archives and Manuscripts (AFS III, Vol. 5)
Elizabeth Joffrion and Michèle V. Cloonan
(Society of American Archivists, 2020)


[pt] Curadoria Digital e Custos – Exploração de abordagens e perceções
[en] Digital Curation and its Costs: A Study of Practices and Insights, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Vol. 14 no. 2 (2020), Portuguese Language Special Issue
Luís Corujo, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras, Centro de Estudos Clássicos; Jorge Revez, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras, Centro de Estudos Clássicos; Carlos Guardado da Silva, Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras, Centro de Estudos Clássicos

[en] Open Data in Cultural Heritage Institutions: Can We Be Better Than Data Brokers?, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Vol. 14 no. 2 (2020), Portuguese Language Special Issue
S.L. Ziegler, Louisiana State University Libraries


Interview with Indigitizations New Program Manager Kayla Lar-Son

The Kitchen Sisters
Burning Man: Archiving the Ephemeral


The Hyperconnected World of 2030–2040
(Institute for the Future, 2020)

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 20, issue 3, September 2020
(partial open access)

Paradoxes of curating colonial memory
Charles Jeurgens, Michael Karabinos

Ten years of Archival Education and Research Institutes: a snapshot of scholarship
Heather A. Soyka, Eliot Wilczek

The regulation of archives and society’s memory: the case of Israel
Noam Tirosh, Amit M. Schejter

Dwelling on the “anarchival”: archives as indexes of loss and absence
Carolin Huang

Open research data, an archival challenge?
Charlotte Borgerud, Erik Borglund

Correction to: Open research data, an archival challenge?
Charlotte Borgerud, Erik Borglund

Correction to: Social media data archives in an API-driven world
Amelia Acker, Adam Kriesberg