Call for Proposals: SAA’s Archival Futures Series

I heard about this new series at SAA last year. It is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to write something longer than an article but shorter than a typical book. Also, you can write about anything!

As a former member of SAA’s Publications Board, I highly encourage you to contact the editors with any questions you have. They want good proposals, and also want to help you create good proposals. So don’t be shy and reach out if you have ideas!


Archival Futures explores a wide range of society and technology-focused topics (see list below). Proposals should include the following:

  • the theme, purpose, and scope
  • the main argument or premise
  • the estimated length
  • the proposed format and an annotated outline or table of contents
  • the intended audience and the potential market (especially potential for an audience outside of the archives profession or affiliated professions)
  • the prospective value to the archives profession
  • the relationship of the proposed publication to the literature in the field
  • potential graphics and illustrations
  • co-authors or contributors
  • the author’s anticipated available time for writing the first draft and for editorial revisions (i.e., how long will this take you?)


Timely development will be facilitated by the use of a collaborative yet rigorous editorial process. Each publication will be edited by a Series Editor with input from other reviewers. A single-blind review process will be used. Authors should expect a robust editorial presence, involving considerable back-and-forth from acceptance to completion, and high-quality copyediting and design work, to ensure the creation of an outstanding product.


  • Series Editors receive and review proposal
  • Series Editors present proposal to SAA Publications Editor
  • Publications Editor and Series Editors send for peer review
  • Publications Editor gives final approval
  • One of the Series Editors is assigned to work on the project
  • ALA issues contract to Author
  • Author begins writing book


For more information about Archival Futures, or to present or discuss a proposal (see potential topics below), please contact Series Editors Bethany Anderson ( and Amy Cooper Cary (


Society Focused:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropocentrism
  • Arts
  • Citizenship
  • Civic Engagement
  • Colonialism
  • Community
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural Competency
  • Democracy
  • Diversity / Inclusion
  • Diversifying Collections
  • Economics
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity / Ethnocentrism
  • Feminism
  • Freedom of Information
  • Gaps in the archival record
  • Gender Identity
  • Historiography
  • Humanism
  • Emigrants / Immigrants
  • Intersectionality
  • Journalism
  • Labor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Nostalgia
  • Permanence
  • Popular culture
  • Reconciliation
  • Refugees
  • Religion / Spirituality
  • Right to be Forgotten / Erasure
  • Science
  • Secret Archives
  • Social Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Storytelling

Technology Focused:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-archives
  • Civic Data
  • Computation
  • Big Data
  • Data Rescue
  • Email
  • Free Speech
  • Machine Learning
  • Privacy
  • Social Media
  • Webarchives

New Issue: Archives and Records

Archives and Records, Volume 40 2019

Editorial: estate archives
Sarah Higgins, Shaun Evans & Julie Mathias

Archived in the landscape? Community, family and partnership: promoting heritage and community priorities through the Argyll estate papers
Annie Tindley, Micky Gibbard & Alison Diamond

‘Filling the family coffers’: commercial opportunities for estate archives
Vicki Perry

Assessing the impact of collections-based collaboration across archives and academia: the Penrhyn estate archive
Shaun Evans & Elen Wyn Simpson

‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’: using an estate collection to develop an online presence
Anna-Maria Hajba

Culzean: what do the ledgers tell us?
Michael Moss

Towards a toolkit for estate records
Julie Mathias, Shaun Evans & J Gwilym Owen


First world war military service tribunals: Warwick district appeal tribunal, 1916-1918
Michael Page

Rogue archives: digital cultural memory and media fandom
Andrew Flinn

Archives principles and practices
Alexandrina Buchanan

CFP: Journal of Map and Geography Libraries Call for Papers: Special Issue on Information Literacy Instruction

This call mentions primary source instruction.


The Journal of Map & Geography Libraries invites articles highlighting practice and research-based approaches on the ways changes in information literacy philosophies have redefined/reimagined information literacy instruction in academic libraries. For this special issue we would like to include articles focusing on library instruction across all types of libraries that highlight creative approaches to student learning.

The purpose of this special issue is to expose map and geospatial information librarians to a wide range of instructional approaches in order to inspire new, creative ideas and collaborations for spatial literacy instruction.

We expect an interesting range of contributions, from traditional research studies to design cases and opinion pieces supported by literature and/or practice. Examples and experiences from outside the traditional boundaries of instructional design and educational technology will also enrich the discussion.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Geospatial data literacy instruction
Application of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to spatial literacy instruction
Primary source instruction
Curriculum mapping for information literacy
Embedded librarianship
The flipped classroom model in library instruction
Active learning in library instruction
Practices and challenges in distance learning instruction

Article abstracts are due May 19, 2019 with full articles due August 30, 2019. After abstract submission, authors will be notified of acceptance by May 31, 2019.

Send article abstracts with the subject: Instruction Special Issue

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2019

Archives as places, places as archives: doors to privilege, places of connection or haunted sarcophagi of crumbling skeletons?
Belinda Battley

“Something that feels like a community”: the role of personal stories in building community-based participatory archives
Ana Roeschley, Jeonghyun Kim

Unpacking the boxes of Adão Ventura’s archive: reflections on the black poet in the literary archive
Gustavo Tanus

New Issue: Records Management Journal

Records Management Journal, Volume 29 Issue 1/2

Guest editorial
Elizabeth Lomas, Basma Makhlouf Shabou, Arina Grazhenskaya

Perspectives on the relationship between records management and information governance
Julie Brooks

The influence of organizational culture on information governance effectiveness
Ali Daneshmandnia

The defensible deletion of government email
James Lappin, Tom Jackson, Graham Matthews, Ejovwoke Onojeharho

A must for agencies or a candidate for deletion: A grounded theory investigation of the relationships between records management and information security
Sherry Li Xie

Theory, regulation and practice in Swedish digital records appraisal
Elisabeth Klett

An integrated framework to elevate information governance to a national level in South Africa
Paul Anthony Mullon, Mpho Ngoepe

Leadership and political will for implementation of the access to information (ATI) Act (2016) in Kenya
Victor Kabata, Francis Garaba

The impact of new public management through outsourcing on the management of government information: The case of Sweden
Proscovia Svärd

Open government data: critical information management perspectives
Elizabeth Shepherd, Jenny Bunn, Andrew Flinn, Elizabeth Lomas, Anna Sexton, Sara Brimble, Katherine Chorley, Emma Harrison, James Lowry, Jessica Page

The role of information governance in e-discovery – the case of China
Guanyan Fan

Participatory information governance: Transforming recordkeeping for childhood out-of-home Care
Joanne Evans, Sue McKemmish, Gregory Rolan

Balancing information governance obligations when accessing social care data for collaborative research
Malkiat Thiarai, Sarunkorn Chotvijit, Stephen Jarvis

The role of archives and records management legislation after colonialism in Africa: Case of Southern Africa
Nkholedzeni Sidney Netshakhuma

The inevitability of digital transfer: How prepared are UK public bodies for the transfer of born-digital records to the archives?
Lale Özdemir

“The margin between the edge of the world and infinite possibility”: Blockchain, GDPR and information governance
Darra Hofman, Victoria Louise Lemieux, Alysha Joo, Danielle Alves Batista

The monistic diversity of continuum informatics: A method for analysing the relationships between recordkeeping informatics, ethics and information governance
Frank Upward

Situating trust challenges of online trade
Tove Engvall

New Issue: New Review of Information Networking

There are several articles in this journal issue that highlight archives and digital content.

New Review of Information Networking, Volume 23, 2018 – Issue 1-2

Using Web Analytics to Assess Traffic to the Mandela Portal: The Case of African Countries
Shadrack Katuu

IT Governance of Dutch Municipalities and Digital Information Management
Jeanine de Gier

Accelerating Records Management at CERN
Andrew Short

Relative Advantages of Digital Preservation Management in Developing Countries
Eric Boamah

A Case Study: Management and Exploitation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency Geoscience Data Archive
Jaana Pinnick ORCID Icon, Andrew Riddick, Robert McLaverty & Garry Baker

SAA Issues & Advocacy Section: A Reading List for Practicing Allyship in Archives

Thanks to SAA’s Issues & Advocacy Section for putting this together. I hope to see more reading lists like this and if you have one about any aspect of archives, I’ll gladly post it.


See the full blog post.

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists On The Issues: Answering The Call For Inclusivity, Summer Espinoza

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists on the Issues: Reflections on Privilege in the Archives, Summer Espinoza

Issues and Advocacy: #ARCHIVESSOWHITE In The Words Of Jarrett Drake

Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2). Retrieved from

Joan M. Schwartz and Terry Cook, “Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory” Archival Science (2002) 2: 1,

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies vol. 5, (2018)

Nicole A. Cook Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals (California: ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Mario H. Ramirez (2015) Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative. The American Archivist: Fall/Winter 2015, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 339-356.

Expanding #ArchivesForBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories, Jarrett Drake, June 27, 2016.

Caswell, Michelle (2017).  Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives.Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 87(3) 223-235.

Caswell, Michelle & Brilmyer, Gracen (2016).  Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives: An Incomplete List of White Privileges in Archives and Action Items for Dismantling Them.  

Taylor, Chris (2017). Getting Our House in Order: Moving from Diversity to Inclusion. The American Archivist, 80(1), 19-29.