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!

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Articles

Review

New Issue: Cultural Analytics Special Issue on Data Cultures, Culture as Data

This cluster brings together work produced by the Cultural Analytics authors and editors on the theme of “Data Cultures.”

Amelia Acker and Tanya Clement, “Data Cultures, Culture as Data – Special Issue of Cultural Analytics,” Journal of Cultural Analytics. April 10, 2019.

Anna Lauren Hoffmann and Luke Stark, “Data Is the New What? Popular Metaphors & Professional Ethics in Emerging Data Cultures,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Niels Kerssens, “De-agentializing data practices: The shifting power of metaphor in 1990s discourses on data mining,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Andrea Zeffiro, “A Queer Futurity of Data,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Tonia Sutherland, “The Carceral Archive: Documentary Records, Narrative Construction, and Predictive Risk Assessment,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Ed Summers and Amy Wickner, “Archival Circulation on the Web: The Vine-Tweets Dataset,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Nikki Stevens, “Data set failures and intersectional data,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Morgan Currie and W. F. Umi Hsu, “Performative Data: Cultures of Government Data Practice,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

Jennifer Guiliano and Carolyn Heitman, “Difficult Heritage and the Complexities of Indigenous Data,” Journal of Cultural Analytics (forthcoming).

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

Volume 10, Issue 1, Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency Special Issue

From the Editor

Introduction
Helen Wong Smith

Articles

Archivist-in-Residence: Advocating and Managing Archival Diversity Residency Opportunities in University Archives and Special Collections
Angela Fritz

Seeking Grace: Reconstructing the History of African American Alumnae at the University of Denver
Katherine Crowe

The Doorway from Heart to Heart: Diversity’s Stubbornly Persistent Illusion
Terry Baxter

The Cost of Care and the Impact on the Archives Profession
Alexis Braun Marks, Rachael Dreyer, Jennifer Johnson, and Michelle Sweetser

Voices from Drug Court: Partnering to Bring Historically Excluded Communities into the Archives
Randy Williams and Jennifer Duncan

Utah State University’s Cache Valley Latinx Voices Project: Social Justice in the Archives
Randy Williams, Eduardo Ortiz, and Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

Case Studies

When Building Namesakes Have Ties to White Supremacy: A Case Study of Oregon State University’s Building Names Evaluation Process
Natalia M. Fernández

Understanding My Home: The Potential for Affective Impact and Cultural Competence in Primary Source Literacy
Jaycie Vos and Yadira Guzman

New Issue: Information & Culture

Volume 54 Number 1 : Special Issue
(subscription)

Editor’s Note: Curated Issue of Information & CultureA Journal of History

Ciaran Trace
p. 1-3

“This special issue of Information & Culture brings together a curated set of previously published articles from the last two decades of the journal’s more than fifty-year history. These articles represent the wide scope of actors, disciplines, and viewpoints that have helped make the journal the space in which to frame and debate the nature of the information domain from a historical perspective. In new and thought-provoking essays accompanying the original articles, the authors look back on the contribution that these articles made to the intellectual life and growth of the journal and its subject matter.”

Revisiting Archival History

Richard J. Cox
p. 4-11

The Failure or Future of American Archival History: A Somewhat Unorthodox View

Richard J. Cox
Originally published: Volume 35, Number 1, 2000
p. 12-26

The quality of research on American archival history has been uneven and the quantity not very impressive. This essay reviews some of the highlights of American archival history research, especially the growing interest in cultural and public history that has produced some studies of interest to scholars curious about the history of archives. The essay also focuses more on why such research still seems so far removed from the interests of most archivists. The essay will consider some hopeful signs, such as the reemergence of records and recordkeeping systems as a core area for study, for a renewed emphasis on American archival history. While much needs to be done, I am optimistic that the golden age of historical research on American archives lies ahead.

Back to the Future of Library History

Jonathan Rose
p. 27-32

Alternative Futures for Library History

Jonathan Rose
Originally published: Volume 38, NUmber 1, Winter 2003
p. 50-60

In response to a recent article by Donald Davis and John Aho, “Whither Library History?” Jonathan Rose discusses six possible alternatives for the future of library history. Library historians can either continue to produce a traditional kind of library history or reframe their subject as a subfield of information science, mainstream history, or the history of the book. They can also adopt the models of such critical theorists as Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault. Rose argues for a sixth option: to make library history a part of the new academic discipline of book studies.

Still Breathing: History in Education for Librarianship

Christine Pawley
p 44-52

History in the Library and Information Science Curriculum: Outline of a Debate

Christine Pawley
Originally published: Volume 40, Number  3, Summer 2005
p. 223-238

Only a small minority of Library and Information Science (LIS) schools now schedule courses with a historical focus, and LIS faculty whose research specialty is history seem to be a vanishing breed. Yet some educators are committed to finding ways to preserve historical perspectives in the master’s degree curriculum. At the 2004 conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) the Historical Perspectives Special Interest Group (SIG) discussed strategies and subsequently carried on the debate in an online forum. Theoretical justifications for including history in the curriculum appealed to both generalist and specific rationales that argued for “history as story” as well as “history as process,” while practical suggestions included focusing on the preservation of documents, adopting the principles and methods of public history, and creating stronger avenues for collaboration among all historians of libraries and information science, no matter what their disciplinary affiliation. Overall, participants felt that in the current economic climate modestly
scaled efforts stood the best chance of success.

Information History: Searching for Identity

William Aspray
p. 69-75

The History of Information Science and Other Traditional Information Domains: Models for Future Research

William Aspray
Originally published: Volume 46, Number 2, 2011
p. 230-248

“It has been said that the historian is the avenger, and that standing as a judge between the parties and rivalries and causes of bygone generation she can lift up the fallen and beat down the proud, and by his exposures and his verdicts, his satire and his moral indignation, can punish unrighteousness, avenge the injured or reward the innocent.”

—Herbert Butterfield, The Whig Interpretation of History (1931)

Revisiting “Shaping Information History as an Intellectual Discipline”

James W. Cortada
p. 95-101

Shaping Information History as an Intellectual Discipline

James W. Cortada
Originally published: Volume 47, Number 2, 2012
p. 119-144

Information is an emerging field of interest and concern to citizens, public officials, and scholars in many disciplines. This article acknowledges that problems exist in defining the subject of information history and argues the case that the topic can be addressed in a more coherent fashion. It then poses five questions for historians to investigate with respect to this field and proposes a sequence of three strategies and an agenda for what scholars can do to make this topic a new field of inquiry called “information history,” drawing upon the historiographical experiences of other areas of historical inquiry.

Contributors

p. 127-131

This issue of Information & Culture is now available on Project Muse.