New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 18, Issue 4, December 2018

Political party archives: the system of recording and conveying information in local structures of the communist party in Poland ‘s Biała Podlaska province, from 1975 to 1989
Dariusz Magier

Genre, co-research and document work: the FIAT workers’ enquiry of 1960–1961
Steve Wright

Sustainability of independent community archives in China: a case study
Zhiying Lian, Gillian Oliver

The Dutch comptoir as information centre
Eric Ketelaar

New Issue: Information & Culture

Special Double Issue: Volume 53, Number 3 & 4 (October/November 2018)
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Bourgeois Specialists and Red Professionals in 1920s Soviet Archival Development
Kelly A. Kolar
Immediately after the 1917 October Revolution the Bolsheviks began developing the most centralized archival system in the world, along with a new profession of “red archivists.” However, the development of archives and the archival profession in 1920s Soviet Union was not simply the top-down implementation of Bolshevik political ambitions portrayed in offi cial Soviet accounts and Cold War–era Western literature but an unexpectedly open negotiation of ideas and customs among actors with diverse professional and ideological backgrounds, including non-Marxist archival professionals, workers from other cultural professions, and young communists.

The Weather Privateers: Meteorology and Commercial Satellite Data
Gemma Cirac-Claveras
This article examines the changing framework for producing satellite weather data in the United States since the 2000s, from a government function to one increasingly carried out by the private sector. It explores the controversial attempts to commercialize the production of a particular data source (atmospheric profiles obtained with radio occultation)from the perspective of executives of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), members of Congress, atmospheric and climate scientists, and the private sector. It addresses their opposing arguments by focusing, in particular, on the stresses and pressures within NOAA and its resistance to acquiring such data from commercial providers. In so doing, the article discusses the connections between commercial activities and meteorology and, more generally, the relations between science and commerce.

Parallel Expansions: The Role of Information during the Formative Years of the English East India Company (1600–1623)
Gabor Szommer
This article examines the role of information in the early years of the English East India Company (EIC). It examines diff erent aspects of the organizational behavior of the EIC between the years 1600 and 1623 and shows the interplay between physical expansion and the transformation of information-handling practices from several perspectives. Although the focus is on a single organization, this case study provides insights into the informational challenges faced by early modern tradingcompanies and similar organizations coordinating operations on a global scale.-public.

Codebooks for the Mind: Dictionary Index Reforms in Republican China, 1912–1937
Ulug Kuzuoglu
Faster access to information was an overwhelming concern for Chinese reformists during the Republican era (1912–1949). They claimed that the nonalphabetical nature of Chinese characters presented obstacles to indexing, a fundamental technology for effi cient information access and retrieval. In a matter of three decades, nearly one hundred new indices were invented for Chinese characters. Competition over which indices would prevail was fierce, especially among dictionary publishers, which stood to benefi t greatly in the nascent Chinese dictionary market. This article follows the two main publishing houses in China, Commercial Press and Zhonghua Press, that invented indices in order to dominate the market from the founding of the repub -lic in 1912 to the start of the war against Japan in 1937. As dozens of inventors of indices made clear, however, indexing technologies were situated within a larger social context, and the invention and destruction of indices were sites of political and fi nancial contestation.

Book Reviews:
A Note from the Senior Book Review Editor
Amelia Acker

Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks (review)
Megan Finn

Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America by Michael Z. Newman (review)
Roderic Crooks

The Economization of Life by Michelle Murphy (review)
Marika Cifor
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A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman (review)
Edward A. Goedeken

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

New Book Series: The Routledge Studies in Archives

The Routledge Studies in Archives series publishes new and cutting-edge research in records and archives studies. Recognising the imperative for record-keeping work in support of memory, social justice, technical systems, legal rights and historical understanding, this series extends the disciplinary boundaries of archival studies. It sees the archival in personal, economic and political activity, historically and digitally situated cultures, subcultures and movements, technological and infrastructural developments and in many other places.

Routledge Studies in Archives brings scholarship from diverse academic and cultural traditions into conversation and presents the work of emerging and established scholars, side by side. It promotes the exploration of the intellectual history of archival science, the internationalisation of archival discourse and the building of new archival theory.

The Series Editor invites proposals for books that offer original thinking about archives and records. If you have an idea for a book that you think would be appropriate for the series, then please contact the Series Editor, James Lowry (jlowry@liverpool.ac.uk), to discuss further.

Archives-Focused Issue: Public

Public: 57, Summer 2018
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ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES advances conversations regarding the changing nature and political realities of audio and visual heritage in the twenty-first century. Bringing together artists, archivists, and researchers, this issue of PUBLIC argues that the re-thinking of audio-visual heritage preservation is ultimately strategic and political, especially given the precarious material conditions of archives in the digital era, and the fact that colonial and racialized forms of structural control over the history of place and belonging continue to embargo access to the past for many communities. This issue thus turns towards the transformative potential of counter-archives, which can be political, ingenious, resistant, and community-based. These insurgent archives are embodied differently and have explicit intention to historicize differently, to disrupt conventional national narratives, and to write difference into public accounts. PUBLIC 57 also brings to the fore the work of women and Indigenous, racialized, diasporic, and LGBT2Q+ communities to create counter-archives that expand, interrogate, and disrupt conventional archives and archival methodologies.

Call for Nominations: SAA Awards

While there are many awards that SAA gives, here are the ones related to publishing. Please consider submitting a nomination!

  • C.F.W. Coker Award  (for finding aids, tools or projects that involve innovative development in archival description)
  • Waldo Gifford Leland Award  (for writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, or practice)
  • Theodore Calvin Pease Award  (for superior writing achievement by a student of archival studies as nominated by his/her instructor)

 

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

New Issue: ESARBICA Journal

ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives – Vol 37 (2018)
(subscription)

Articles
Effects of document format types and employees’ attitudes towards documents creation and records management
Eric Boamah

Strategies for preservation of digital records in Masvingo province of Zimbabwe
Blessed Magama

Towards a framework for e-records readiness in support of e-government in eSwatini
Vusi Tsabedze, Trywell Kalusopa

A framework for e-records in support of e-government implementation in the Tanzanian public service
Gwakisa Kamatula, Henry Kemoni

Risks associated with cloud computing in pursuit of effective records management
Cameron Bassett, Isabel Schellnack-Kelly

A framework for acquisition, transfer and preservation of knowledge of traditional healing in South Africa: a case of Limpopo province
Jan Resenga Maluleka, Patrick Ngulube

The archives of the Catholic Church in South Africa
Philippe Denis

Access to government information: a global phenomenon but what are the challenges?
Proscovia Svärd

Implications of records management policy for the small and medium enterprises sustainability in Raymond Mhlaba municipality in South Africa
Patrick Ajibade, Festus Khayundi

A service delivery improvement strategy for a records management programme
Liah Shonhe, Balulwami Grand

Assessing the implementation of the National Archives and Records Service Act at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique
Renato Pereira