CFP: “Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping” at the 2023 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of its 2023 gathering, Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping, to be held June 23–24, 2023.

Three decades have passed since the 1993 publication of the Seminar’s proceedings Algonkians of New England. Over that space of time, both the study of Indigenous histories in the region (encompassing present-day New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada), and understanding of the memory work of pastkeepers and pastkeeping, have been transformed.  The 2023 Seminar Indigenous Histories in New England: Pastkeepers and Pastkeeping will explore long traditions of Indigenous pastkeeping and the wide variety of ways in which Native peoples have stewarded history and memory.  

The Seminar invites proposals for papers that focus on addressing the gaps in Indigenous voice and visibility in public views of the past. We wish to critically consider who has claimed responsibility for “keeping” the Indigenous past in New England, including how it has been represented (for better or worse), how historical research can be decolonized and improved, and what museums and tribal nations have done to engage the public in better understandings.

Papers offering historical perspective might explore, for instance:

  • Indigenous forms of memory-making and pastkeeping, on landscapes and in oral tradition
  • Native American authors of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century, including autobiography and tribal histories
  • collections of material culture; histories of tribal museums
  • repatriation and cultural recovery
  • language reclamation
  • artwork as vehicles for historical reflection

The Seminar will give particular attention to the work of museums, archives, historic preservation organizations, cultural centers, and initiatives that over the past thirty years have worked to provide more holistic and inclusive representations of regional Indigenous peoples and histories. 

The Seminar will convene in Deerfield, Massachusetts. This will be a hybrid program, with both on-site and virtual registration options for attendees. Speakers will present on site at Historic Deerfield.

The conference program will consist of approximately seventeen lectures of twenty minutes each. Dublin Seminar presenters are expected to submit their papers (approximately 7000 words) for consideration to the Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar by June 16, 2023. The scholarship proposed should be unpublished and available for inclusion in this volume to be published about eighteen months after the conference.

To submit a proposal, please send (as a single email attachment, in MS Word or as a PDF, labeled LASTNAME.DubSem2023) a one-page prospectus that describes the paper and the archival, material, or visual sources on which it is grounded followed by a one-page vita or biography.

Email proposals to dublinseminar@historic-deerfield.orgDeadline: Noon EST Friday, March 3, 2023. 

For more information on the Dublin Seminar, see  

Survey: Tell us about your American Archivist reading experience!

What do you love about the digital American Archivist? What would you like to read more of? Tell us in this 15-minute survey.

Take the Survey

In the last decade, the Journal has seen a tremendous shift in how readers engage with it. Established in 1938 in a physical format, American Archivist launched a companion digital format in 2010. Then in 2021, the Journal shifted to a digital-only format. With these recent changes, the Editorial Board seeks your input on how you interact with the digital American Archivist, what you think of it, and how your reading experience can be improved. Take the survey by March 1 and send additional comments to

Ohio Archivist: Call for Assistant Editors

The Ohio Archivist is urgently seeking assistant editors to contribute excellent content to the statewide biannual newsletter. Some of the past and current columns are Features, Newcomers, News & Notes, and a Digital Feature. We are also open to new ideas such as Social Justice/DEIA, as well as others.

Ohio Archivist is published twice a year, in the spring and fall, and can be found online, along with the submission guidelines. This is a great way to be involved with SOA and help get the word out about all things related to Ohio archives.

The Ohio Archivist is the official newsletter of the Society of Ohio Archivists. Its primary mission is to serve as a conduit for information about SOA and its membership. The Ohio Archivist also publishes articles containing general information about the archival profession, especially as it relates to archivists located within Ohio and the Midwest.

For questions or interest, please contact Ohio Archivist Editor Jessica Heys.

CFP: Information, Power, and Reproductive Health

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Information, Power, and Reproductive Health
Editors: Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (Des Moines University); Alanna Aiko Moore (University of California, San Diego); Renée Ann Rau (University of Southern California)
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description

Information, Power, and Reproductive Health will encourage readers to explore the inextricable intersection of reproductive health information and power. Rooted in a framework of reproductive justice, it will explore the ways in which power plays a central role in how reproductive health information is created, controlled, withheld, and shared. Deeply entrenched ideologies about which bodies are deserving or undeserving of reproductive care, which facets of reproductive life are worthy of research, which issues are taboo or frequently dismissed, and how to control bodies considered unruly all affect what health information is easily accessible or perhaps hidden from those who need it. Legislative, bureaucratic, medical-scientific, economic, and familial systems and structures shape reproductive health information, and framing information production and consumption as a social act can help us to trace these structural and ideological forces in the reproductive health landscape and locate transgressive sites of information sharing that speak back to power. Chapters will address the continued and more-urgent-than-ever interest in reproductive health, feminism(s), womanism, critical theory, and praxis in librarianship and information studies. We aim to develop an essential volume for librarians, healthcare practitioners, academics, advocates, and activists involved in the study of or street-level organizing around reproductive health in this critical era of reproductive crisis.

We seek proposals that demonstrate a substantive exploration of power and intersectionality, with attention to race, gender, sexuality, class, (dis)ability, and the like. We welcome all genres, from empirical research and critical analysis to personal narrative and autoethnography (and everything in between).

We welcome submissions from first-time authors and authors working outside academia. In the spirit of community, contributors will have the opportunity to be in regular contact with editors and with each other throughout the writing and publication process. Authors will also have the opportunity to both review and have their work reviewed by fellow contributors.

Potential Topics Include (but are not limited to)

  • The history of reproductive health information. For example:
    • Archival or library holdings
    • Close readings of historically influential resources
    • Lasting impacts of absent, erroneous, or discriminatory reproductive health information
    • Underground information-sharing networks of the past
  • The reproductive body, information, and the state. For example:
    • Information in relation to biopower, population control, or pronatalism
    • Forced hysterectomies/sterilization
    • Government records
    • Legislation
    • Funding for reproductive health research
    • Various forms of state and corporate surveillance (e.g., period tracking apps)
  • Reproductive health information and medical institutions. For example:
    • Medical records and medical classification
    • Pathologized bodies
    • Patient consent and information sharing
    • Medicalization of queer bodies
    • Medical technologies, fertility treatments, and assisted reproductive technology
    • Cultural competence and information sharing
    • Marginalized communities’ relationship(s) to the medical establishment
    • Capitalism/neoliberalism/racism/classism, etc., in medical institutions
  • Health information and the taboo reproductive body. For example:
    • Deviations from the “normal” or “healthy” or “fertile” body
    • Heteronormative ideas regarding reproduction and parenthood
    • Reproductive information for people with disabilities or otherwise “unruly” bodies
    • Libraries providing access to “taboo” reproductive information and resources (e.g., tampons/pads, condoms, materials on menopause)
    • Access to reproductive health information for non-normative or queer individuals or families
  • Taking control of reproductive health information post-Roe. For example:
    • Library and archival collections, services, and resources
    • (Radical) reproductive justice as information practice
    • Narrative medicine and storytelling
    • Zines and graphic medicine
    • Social media and information sharing
    • Underground information-sharing networks

Important Dates and Anticipated Timeline (subject to change)

  • Office hour: March 1, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 am PST. Join the Information, Power, and Reproductive Health editorial team for an informal office hour. Pop in to say hi and ask us your questions about the call for proposals.
  • Proposal due date: April 1, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance: May 1, 2023
  • First draft due: September 1, 2023
  • Anticipated publication date: 2025

How to Submit

Submit chapter proposals and brief author bio(s). Proposals should not exceed 500 words.

Due to the political climate and nature of the collection’s subject matter, we respect that some contributors might choose to publish anonymously or using a pseudonym. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at info.power.rephealth (at) gmail (dot) com:

About the Editors

Gina Schlesselman-Tarango (she/her) is a health sciences librarian at Des Moines University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Drake University, a masters of Social Science with an emphasis on Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado Denver, and a masters of Library Science from the University of Denver. Her research interests include race and gender in librarianship, critical information literacy and peer learning in higher education, and the intersections of reproductive labor and information work. She is the editor of Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in LIS (Library Juice Press, 2017), has served as a journal editor and reviewer, authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and presented at numerous library science, gender studies, and higher education venues. She lives in Iowa with her people, cats, and chickens, and is a doula-in-training.

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Librarian for Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Alanna holds a bachelor of arts in Sociology/Anthropology and Gender Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and a master’s of Library and Information Science from Dominican University. Alanna has published book chapters and articles on queer parenting, cross cultural mentoring, emotional labor, activism, and issues affecting women of color librarians. She has worked in academic libraries for over 15 years and has presented at numerous conferences and organizations. Before librarianship, she worked at social justice-centered non-profits and community organizations.

Renée A. Rau is an Information Services Librarian at University of Southern California’s Norris Medical Library and the liaison to the Keck School of Medicine. She earned a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at San José State University (SJSU), in 2020. In 2017, she earned an MA in 20th-century United States history, specializing in women’s and gender history, from Washington State University (WSU). Her current research interests include: Evidence Based Practice and information literacy instruction; Graphic Medicine and health humanities; and diversity, equity, and inclusion in health sciences librarianship.

Call for speakers: ArchivesSpace Virtual Member Forum

Dear ArchivesSpace Users,

Mark your calendars for this year’s Virtual Member Forum!

Taking place April 4-5, 2023, our Virtual Member Forum will be a two-day event spanning a variety of time zones and ArchivesSpace experience levels. A schedule and information about how to register for the event will be released closer to the forum.

We are now accepting session proposals via our online form at We will be reviewing proposals on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to get your proposals in early.  Submissions will be closed on March 24, 2023, with final notification by March 27, 2023. 

The ArchivesSpace program team is particularly interested in presentations or facilitated discussions related to the following topics:

  • Demonstrations of workflows using different modules or features of the application
  • Managing digital objects in ArchivesSpace
  • Developing local training and documentation
  • Workflows and tips for editing existing records in ArchivesSpace or other data cleanup projects
  • Examples of anti-racism, anti-colonialism and redescription work being executed in ArchivesSpace
  • Demonstrations of plugins or tools you’ve developed to make your work in ArchivesSpace easier

The forum will include a mix of opportunities to share and learn from each other about many different aspects of ArchivesSpace and all presenter submissions are welcome. We anticipate recording many parts of the forum, but for it to be a success we will also need as many live participants as possible. We encourage you to dip in and out of the live program as much as you can. You will no doubt “meet” a different set of colleagues each time.

This year’s Virtual Member Forum is the successor to the Online Forums we held in previous years. To better support our member community and recognize their direct contributions to the development and sustainability of the ArchivesSpace application, registration for this year’s event is open to users from ArchivesSpace member organizations only. 

Going forward, we plan to make the Virtual Member Forum an online complement to our in-person Annual Member Forum, one of the many benefits of ArchivesSpace membership. This change will give even more members than before the opportunity to participate in a forum, no matter where they live or their capacity for attending events in person in a given year. If you are interested in learning more about ArchivesSpace membership for your organization, feel free to email us at

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal. We’re looking forward to a great event, with your help!

CFP: Censorship Is a Drag: LGBTQ Materials and Programming Under Siege in Libraries

This call does not specifically mention archives, but it is an opportunity to integrate archives into the discussion.

Call for Chapter Proposals

Working Title: Censorship Is a Drag: LGBTQ Materials and Programming Under Siege in Libraries
Editors: Jason D. Phillips and Jordan Ruud
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description: Libraries, long tasked with defending intellectual freedom, find themselves under siege with threats of censorship for carrying gender/sexuality-related materials or holding LGBTQ-related events. Efforts to censor materials and control programming arguably threaten to have a chilling effect on libraries’ ability to carry out their core missions. We are soliciting contributions from across the library ecosystem exploring the significance of these threats and how librarians have responded, offering an intellectual and practical toolkit, in tandem with lessons with experience, to help libraries make their way through this new intellectual climate.

Topics under consideration might include:

  • Censorship of programming
  • Censorship of materials at any point in the acquisitions cycle
  • Preemptive caution (anticipation of censorship struggles) exerting a chilling effect on intellectual freedom
  • How classification can impede discoverability of controversial materials: “bibliographic invisibility”
  • Visibility of LGBTQ topics in displays
  • LGBTQ YA/children’s lit and its curricular role
  • Safe spaces for digital scholarship
  • The role and inclusion of LGBTQ materials, services, and outreach
  • Responsive collection development policy to address potential challenges
  • Administrative interference (campus, school, or public)
  • Workplace protections for LGBTQ personnel or those involved in LGBTQ
    collection development/programming
  • Information barriers creating a non-inclusive environment
  • Building design as a barrier to vulnerable populations (trans people)
  • Impact of LGBTQ materials and/or programming on student retention/mental health
  • The erosion of tenure as a threat to protection of intellectual freedom
  • Reflection on the role of LGBTQ materials as part of a collection, and as an aspect of overall library/campus DEI strategies
  • Politicization of library funding

We welcome contributions discussing specific situations, and also reflections of a more general nature on the importance of, and threats to, intellectual freedom.

We ask authors interested in contributing to submit a proposal or abstract in our submission form:


  • April 1, 2023: abstracts due
  • April 30, 2023: notification of acceptance
  • September 1, 2023: drafts due
  • December 1, 2023: final revisions due
  • December 31, 2023: final submission of manuscript

Questions: If you have questions, please feel free to ask the editors: Jason D. Phillips (he/him) and Jordan Ruud (he/him)

RAAC brown bag discussion: archival publications

The RAAC Steering Committee is hosting a brown bag discussion on February 22nd where we’ll discuss archival publications, including transitions to digital publishing and the challenges of attracting good submissions. We’ve lined up representatives from the American ArchivistArchival Issues (Midwest Archives Conference), and the Journal of the Society of North Carolina Archivists, so we’ll be hearing from a variety of perspectives from organizations of different scale and scope.

If you have questions you want to pose about archival publications, you may submit them to me or to our RAAC email address before February 22nd, or we’ll also have time for people to ask questions during the discussion. 

Please join us on Wednesday, February 22nd at noon Eastern time for a discussion on this important topic for archival organizations.  Please register for the Zoom session; attendance is free.

CFP: Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture

This call does not specifically mention archives, but considering the increased effort to preserve disability history in archives, some might find it of interest.

We are inviting submissions for a hybrid (online and in-person) workshop Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture, taking place in September 2023. Abstracts are due May 1 2023.

Hidden Worlds: Histories of Disability Things and Material Culture

For over two decades, historians of disability have called for greater engagement with material culture (Katherine Ott, David Serlin, and Stephen Mihm). Responding to this call, they have extensively examined prosthetics and wheelchairs, focusing on the processes of rehabilitation and design. Recently, the Crip Technoscience Manifesto (Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch) has encouraged historians to consider how disabled people have played more active roles in hacking, tinkering and re-purposing the material artifacts that have animated their everyday lives. The focus on disability things (Katherine Ott) is a strategic attempt to centre how users lived with these ‘things’ and to broaden what historians usually consider as technologies. We want to encourage papers to think critically about the artefacts that have constituted the everyday lives of disabled people, and to explore conventional disability technologies in new and creative ways. 

Topics may address, but need not be limited to, the following broad themes: 

  • Tinkering architecture to build accessible worlds   
  • Assistive and Health Technologies (including resistance and non-use)    
  • Re-purposed/modified mundane artefacts (anything from beds to Tupperware)   
  • Improvised, bespoke solutions  
  • Tacit and embodied knowledge   
  • Negotiations, power and social hierarchies   
  • Diverse roles of disabled people throughout a technology’s life cycle.   

Practical Details  

Titles and abstracts (300 words maximum) as well as general queries should be addressed to Neil Pemberton ( and Beck Heslop ( by May 1 2023. Accommodation and travel costs for invited participants will be covered by the organisers.  

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible and welcome any suggestions for how we might achieve this.  

The hybrid workshop will be based at the University of Manchester (UK) on Wed 13th-15th September 2023. 

SAA AAC/SNAP panel discussion: “Writing and Publishing for Archivists”

Are you a student or early career archivist interested in learning where and how you can start publishing? If so, join the SAA Archivists & Archives of Color and Students & New Archives Professionals sections for the panel discussion, “Writing and Publishing for Archivists,” on February 20 at 2pm ET / 11am PT.

This webinar will introduce you to some of the many opportunities and pathways archivists have to write and publish. Panelists include: Joyce Gabiola and Kristina Santiago (up//root produced by WeHere); Sharon Mizota (ARTchivist’s Notebook); and Yvette Ramírez (SAA Publications Board).

Learn more about the speakers and register through Zoom.

CFP: Academic Libraries Creating Global Community

Academic Libraries Creating Global Community:
Operating Outside of Traditional Roles and Spaces

To support our students and faculty as global citizens, academic libraries are increasingly engaging with broader community efforts to affect positive change. We want to hear about your approaches to addressing inequality, censorship, climate change, misinformation, low civic engagement, and other stressors that impact our students and the world. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to censorship, anti-intellectualism, or misinformation
  • Collection development in coordination with public or school libraries
  • Community-inclusive service or events
  • Collaborations with non-profits or local businesses
  • Involvement in community sustainability or literacy projects 
  • Social justice collaborations 
  • Indigenous science collaborations
  • Efforts to foster civic engagement
  • Community development in special collections and archives
  • Expanding access to graduates and/or community members

The Humboldt Journal of Social Relations is a historic peer-reviewed, open-access, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to academic discussions of the major issues of our age. We are honored that the editorial board has chosen academic libraries as the topic of their 46th volume and we hope this volume will share our library efforts to outside audiences. We are accepting case studies, research articles, book reviews, and opinion pieces. Only case studies and research articles will be processed through peer review.

Send an abstract* of your proposed article to The abstract deadline is April 7, 2023. Abstracts should include::

  • Article title
  • Abstract 200-400 words
  • Author information:
    • Name
    • Title
    • Affiliation (ex. University name)
    • Email

If your abstract is accepted, the article deadline will be September 1, 2023. Word count for final article submissions are:

  • Case studies and research articles: 3,000-6,000 words
  • Book reviews: 500-2,000
  • Opinion pieces: 1000-3,000 words

ASA or APA citation styles are recommended.

*The abstracts are for our editorial team review only.