SAA Research Forum Recordings Available

The recordings of the Research Forum sessions are now online here:

People who registered for the conference have immediate access to the recordings.

For people who were not registered, the all-access recordings package is available to purchase through the conference registration page:

Many thanks to the presenters and attendees for making the first virtual Research Forum a success!

Kate Neptune and Rebecca Thayer
Research Forum (RF) Coordinators, on behalf of the RF Program Committee

CFP: Survey on Dual Role as Archivist & Librarian

I am conducting a survey regarding the work experience of people with dual roles as archivists and librarians and I was wondering if you would send out the link to your members? I am also open to suggestions for other places to place the call. I am a long-time librarian recently moving into archives so I am very likely oblivious to the best spots to generate some interaction on the archival side.

Thank you for considering this request!


Robert Perret
Special Collections and Archives, Reference
University of Idaho Library

New Research and Education Special Interest Group, Australian Society of Archivists

10 Aug 2020

ASA Council has approved the formation of a new Research and Education Special Interest Group, or REDSIG.

Many researchers and educators in fields such as archives, archival science, records management, digital preservation, conservation, and related disciplines (referred to here as ‘archival research and education’) work in the university, training, and consultancy sectors, as well as in dedicated archival institutions. Though these members of the ASA and their colleagues have many shared issues and concerns (e.g. accreditation, changing university fee structures, student access, proposed changes to research funding models, the need to develop links between theory and practice) their interests are not currently represented by an existing ASA SIG.

The draft objectives of REDSIG are as follows:

  1. To develop Australia’s research capacity and capability with regard to archives, archival science, records management, and digital preservation, and promote the rich legacy of Australian archival research and archival theory.
  2. To advocate on behalf of researchers and educators to government, educational institutions, unions, employers, and the Society with regard to issues which affect archival research and education in Australia.
  3. To foster relationships and collaborations which create and invigorate connections between archival theory and practice in Australia.
  4. To assist with the diversification of Australia’s archival profession, through the pursuit of equity of access to archival education and improved diversity and representativeness in research.
  5. To advise the Society on matters related to research and education, including accreditation standards and advocacy issues.
  6. To provide opportunities for researchers and educators to discuss matters of mutual concern and to study the problems and needs of Australian archival researchers and educators, including publishing or otherwise promulgating the results of such studies.
  7. To provide a local organisational structure through which to develop further engagement with international groups such as the Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) and the International Council on Archives Section for Archival Education and Training (ICA-SAE).

The rules of the SIG, including these objectives, will be confirmed at an inaugural REDSIG AGM in September, at which time a Convenor and Secretary will also be elected. In the meantime, Dr Mike Jones will act in these roles for the purposes of setting up the AGM and corresponding with prospective members.

To join the REDSIG:

  • go to My Memberships in the Member Centre
  • select the Update Details tab
  • select REDSIG from the list of available Special Interest Groups.

If you have any questions regarding the new group please contact Mike via email here.

IASA Research Grant

IASA Research Grant Guidelines
IASA regularly offers financial awards to encourage and support research and publication within the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation. In order to be considered for a research grant, the following guidelines apply:

  1. Research can, but need not, form part of an academic programme.
  2. The level of financial support will be determined by the IASA Executive Board individually on a case by case basis, but individual awards will not normally exceed Euro 2,000. All costs are eligible if the applicant can show clear justification for them within the scope, aims, and purposes of the project.
  3. IASA will only consider applications from IASA members whose membership is in good standing at the time of application.
  4. IASA promotes diversity in the audiovisual archiving field and encourages applications from developing countries.
  5. IASA will support a research project only if there is evidence that the results are within the scope of IASA’s purposes. This includes, but is not limited to the care of, access to, and long term preservation of sound and audiovisual heritage including the development of best professional standards and practice for sound and audiovisual heritage. See paragraph 2 of the IASA constitution ( for an articulation of IASA’s purposes.
  6. Depending on the scope and the overall duration of a research project, the applicant should arrange appropriately defined project phases. Interim reports should be sent to IASA at the end of each phase. A final report must be submitted no later than two (2) months following the end of the project.
  7. IASA will issue a research grant on the basis of a written agreement signed by the Secretary-General for the Association.
  8. The recipient will acknowledge IASA in all papers, presentations, and other publications that reference research supported by IASA.
  9. IASA will not pay Research Grants in advance of a project

To apply for a IASA research grant, click here (IASA members only)

Call for Research Participation: A Study into Environmental Sustainability and Archival Practice

A Study into Environmental Sustainability and Archival Practice

I am Georgina Robinson, an Archives and Records Management MA student at University College London currently undertaking dissertation research to explore environmental sustainability within archival practice. My aim is to quantify levels of awareness and action in the UK. This investigation will form the basis of my dissertation and the results may be published as an article to encourage further discussion on this topic.

For the purpose of this study:

  • Those involved in archival practice are taken to be anyone (aged 18 or over) whose work involves the care and curation of archives, records or data, e.g. archivists, records managers, conservators or digital curators.
  • The practice of environmental sustainability is to ensure that the needs of today’s population are met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This is done through responsible interaction with the environment to avoid depletion or degradation of natural resources.

If you are interested, please follow or share this link to the online questionnaire:

There are 17 questions it total, which should take about 10 minutes to complete. The closing date for responses is the 22nd June 2020.

If you have any questions please contact me on georgina.robinson.18[at]

Background to this study

In archival discourse, the term ‘sustainability’ has mostly been used in relation to the sustainability of running an archive service. This may seem understandable in a sector where many are subject to financial and practical limitations in their work. This study aims to explore whether costs are ever a contributing or motivating factor in the implementation of environmental sustainability. An example would be the assertion that decreasing energy consumption in an archive will save money and reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Although environmental sustainability has been less frequently explored in archival theory, significant literature exists on how to be a ‘Green’ Archivist[1] or how to build a ‘Green’ Archive.[2]

This project, however, seeks to explore current awareness of our environmental impact and what cultural heritage professionals in the UK are doing about it. Interest in this study has already shown that there is significant concern about the issue of Climate Change and desire to act upon it from within the Archive sector. In part this may have been accelerated by the recent waves of environmental awareness seen over the world with climate strikes and protests.

This is true in US as well as in the UK and Europe. Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increasing level of discussion on this issue from archive professionals in the US. Detailed papers, such as Harvard Library’s Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation[3] and Ben Goldman’s It’s Not Easy Being Green(e): Digital Preservation in the Age of Climate Change[4] detail the impact of Digital Preservation and what Archivists can do to alter theory and practices to better reduce their collection’s toll on the environment.

The common theme of these studies is whether we, as archivists, records managers or conservators, have a duty to mitigate the impact of our work on the environment? Do we have any power in the struggle for Climate Justice? Why should we care?

I would like to hear about your experiences, thoughts and opinions on this issue. I am looking for UK based archivists, record managers and conservation professionals who are willing to participate in this study. Any support with this will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Georgina Robinson

Department of Information Studies
University College London


Twitter: @georginarobin

[1] Heidi N. Abbey, The Green Archivist: a primer for adopting affordable, environmentally sustainable, and socially responsible archival management practices,
Archival Issues, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 91-115, 2012

[2] IFLA PAC, Library & Archives Facing the Challenges of Sustainable Development, International Preservation News, No 44, 2008.

[3] Keith L. Pendergrass, Walker Sampson, Tim Walsh, and Laura Alagna, “Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”, The American Archivist 82 (1): 165–206, 2019.

[4] Benjamin Goldman, “It’s Not Easy Being Green(e): Digital Preservation in the Age of Climate Change,” in Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark Greene, Society of American Archivists, 2019.

Image from page 141 of “The Canadian field-naturalist” (1919). Cortesy of Internet Archive Book Images.

Call for Survey Participation: Archives and Refugees

Dear All, I am currently undertaking a dissertation research about: “Archives and Refugees: An investigation on mainstream and community archives and other projects and their relationship with refugee records”.I compiled a questionnaire and would be happy, if everybody who is working with refugee records or with projects that record the heritage of refugees could take part in my survey. The questionnaire can be found here: would love to gather as many different responses as possible! Any support with this is massively appreciated.Thank you in advance and stay safe!

Elisa Schlarp

Call for Participation: Survey on COVID-19 and Information

Dear All,

Please consider participating in the following brief survey that seeks to understand the public attitude about information during a public health emergency.

Link to survey:

This is the final call for participation – the survey closes on Thursday, June 4. Feel free to pass on the survey link to anybody who may be interested in filling this out.

Thank you for considering participation in this research project.



Rajesh Singh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Division of Library and Information Science

St. John’s University

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, New York 11439

Tel: 718-990-5705

2019 SAA Research Forum Proceedings Now Online

2019 SAA Research Forum

9:00-9:30 AM: Opening and Session 1

Welcome and Overview – Research Forum Program Committee  [Slides]

Dispatches from the Front: Findings from the Virtual Footlocker Project Phase 1 – Edward Benoit, III and Roxanne Guidry [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

9:30-10:00 AM: Session 2: Archives and Education

Developing a Framework to Enable Collaboration in Computational Archival Science Education – Richard Marciano [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Gauging Student Perspectives: Using Survey Data to Understand Student Perceptions of Archives – Suzanne Noruschat and Giao Luong Baker [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

Supporting and Sustaining Digital Curation Education with BitCuratorEdu – Jessica Farrell and Christopher Lee [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

10:00-10:30 AM: Break

10:30-11:00 AM: Session 3: Archives in Practice

“No ideal place for [special collections and archives]:” Administrator and user viewpoints on archives existing in libraries – Ashley Todd-Diaz [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Sorry, this Video Does Not Exist: Curating the Digital Documentary – Heather Barnes [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Conscious editing of archival description at UNC-Chapel Hill – Jackie Dean [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

11:00-11:30 AM: Session 4: Lightning Talks

Using CIRCA for Special Collections: A Scalable Solution – Gwynn Thayer and Eli Brown [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

What’s In the Box? Collection Exploration and Instruction – Nathalie Proulx and Kristen Korfitzen [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

Expedited digital appraisal for regular archivists:  an MPLP type approach for hybrid collections – Susanne Belovari [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Radical Collaboration between Computer Science and Archival Science to Educate Next Generation Archivists – Jane Zhang [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

11:30 AM-Noon: Session 5: Radical Collaboration [Abstract/Bios]

Overview and an Archivist’s Example – Nance McGovern [Slides]

Example: Working with Data and Archives – Heather Soyka [Remarks]

Example: The Evolving Role of University Archivists – Kari Smith [Slides]

Noon-1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-2:00 PM: Session 6: Scaling Practice

Digitization for Everybody (Dig4E): Bridging the Gap between Standards and Practice – Paul Conway [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

By the People, with the people: User-center crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress – Lauren Algee [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Scalability and process: A national survey of inventory practices within archives – Patrice-Andre Prud’homme and JJ Compton [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

2:00-3:00 PM: Poster Session (see list of posters)

3:00-3:30 PM: Break [and extra time for posters]

3:30-4:00 PM: Session 7: Digital Practice

Centralized Born-Digital Processing at Wilson Special Collections Library – Jessica Venlet [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Social Media Data Preservation in an API-driven World – Amelia Acker [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Computer-Assisted Appraisal of Email: RATOM – Christopher Lee [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

4:00-4:30 PM: Session 8: SAA’s CORDA

Framing Research as Evaluation and Assessment: Introducing CORDA – Paul Conway and Jennifer Gunter King [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

4:30-5:00 PM: Session 9 and Closing 

At a Crossroads: Archival Description, Aggregation, and the Next 20 Years – Jodi Allison-Bunnell [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Closing: Looking Ahead – Research Forum Program Committee  [Slides]

Posters (in alphabetical order)

A Collaborative Effort to Plan a Digital Preservation Program at a Small Library – Laura Bell and Fatemeh Rezaei [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

 American Samoa’s Government Archives – James Himphill [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Appraising Professional Networks – Cory Nimer [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Are Academic Archives Championing EDI Initiatives in Digital Collections Metadata Practices? – Jessica Serrao [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Campus Archives in the Shadow of Campus Sexual Assault – Ana Roeschley and Jessica Holden [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Creating Competencies for Audiovisual Archiving Education and Professional Development – Karen Gracy [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Electronic Health Records and Electronic Health Archives: An Archival Examination of the ISO Health Informatics Standards – He Yang and Xuenan Zhang [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Empowering the Archivist: Progress Report on “Applying Intelligent Agents to Digital Preservation Research Programme” – Paul Severn [Abstract/Bio] [Poster forthcoming]

Exhibits of Archives in Japan – Yayoi Tsutsui [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

How do levels of description affect discoverability of the Web Archives at the Library of Congress? – Carlyn Osborn [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Integrated Organization: Processing 500 feet of special collection materials in under 18 months – Donica Martin and Angela Solis [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Signatures as identity tool: implications for name authority work in historical collections and beyond – Ashlea Green [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Turning A Challenge into Education: MA Museum Administration Students Undertake a Real-Life Collections Management Project – Alyse Hennig [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

Developing a Framework to Enable Collaboration in Computational Archival Science Education – Richard Marciano, Gregory Jansen, and William Underwood [Paper]

Macro-appraisal and Professional Communities – Cory L. Nimer [Paper]

A Research Study of Inventory Practices in Archives in the United States: Scalability and Process – Patrice-Andre Prud’homme and JJ Compton [Paper]


Invitation to Participate in Research on Accessing Digital Libraries and Evaluating Accessibility and Usability Guidelines

A research team comprising blind and sighted scholars at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is developing design guidelines to improve the accessibility and usability of digital libraries (DLs) for users who are blind or visually impaired.

At this stage, digital library developers with at least three years experience are invited to complete an electronic survey and participate in an online asynchronous focus group discussion. For the survey, you will be asked to assess how well a selected DL complies with the refined guidelines and provide associated rationales. For the focus group discussion, you will provide additional suggestions to improve the guidelines in terms of definition, factors, guideline or design recommendation, rationale and objective, techniques and methods, features, and examples. Participation may take 6-8 hours. Upon completion of the study, you will receive a $200 gift card as a token of appreciation.

If you are interested in participating, or have a question, please contact Research assistant, Shengang Wang (email: Please reference project title: “Creating digital library (DL) design guidelines for blind and visually impaired (BVI) users: Digital library assessment and guidelines refinement” (IRB20.142) in the subject line of the email.


Iris Xie, Ph.D.

School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Phone:(414)229-6835 Fax:(414)229-6699

Request to Participate in Thesis Research: Decolonizing Strategies

Hello all,

I am currently enrolled at Queens College at the City University of New York where I am finishing my MLS. For my thesis, I am conducting survey research about the range of decolonizing strategies that non-tribal archival institutions adopt across the United States and their respective successes and limitations. I would like to contact as many archivists as possible to participate in the survey.

I am attaching a link to the survey here for anyone that would care to participate! Also if you know of any colleagues that this survey applies to and might want to participate, please feel free to share it. It should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and all information will be completely anonymous. Your participation will be greatly appreciated! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.…

Kuba Pieczarski
Brooklyn NY