Job Opportunity: Consultants for the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents

The Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents (IEHD) seeks consultants to join its faculty and develop online and in-person training in editing and publishing historical documents. Topics covered will include but are not limited to the following:

  • collecting and cataloging documents
  • selecting which documents to publish
  • digitizing
  • transcribing, and proofreading
  • encoding
  • creating metadata
  • designing, researching and writing annotation
  • conceptualizing, organizing, and designing a publication (whether print or digital)

The IEHD has offered introductory training to small groups of scholars since 1972, and now seeks to expand its audience to include archivists, librarians, teachers, undergraduate students, genealogists, and family historians by creating a free online course to be called Fundamentals of Publishing Historical Documents. We are also designing advanced in-person workshops for further training and skills development.

The IEHD seeks to fill four faculty consultant positions. Faculty will help develop the online Fundamentals course, which will be launched in 2021. The faculty will work with other members of the IEHD in a series of four in-person curriculum workshops at the University of Virginia to conceptualize and develop the Fundamentals course. Each faculty member will be responsible for designing several modules and will contribute to the development of other faculty’s modules. The workshops will take place in summer and fall of 2020, and winter and summer of 2021.

Recognizing that not all who practice editing call themselves editors, we are committed to creating a faculty diverse in disciplinary background. Such a faculty will include practitioners outside the traditional field of editing, as well as practitioners focusing on underrepresented subjects and materials. We thus encourage not only scholarly editors to apply, but also public historians, archivists, and other individuals with experience in the preparation, publication, and promotion of historical records. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching in-person or online courses and with demonstrated experience using multiple publication platforms.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and CV via email to Jennifer Stertzer at jes7z@virginia.edu. Deadline for applications is March 27, 2020.

The IEHD is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Through this program, the NHPRC seeks to increase the number and diversity of historical documentary editors, disseminate knowledge about documentary editing, and build the capacity of attendees as leaders in their own editorial projects and in the related fields of documentary editing, digital history, and digital humanities.

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Call for Applicants: Associate Editor, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources

Call for Applicants

The Teaching with Primary Sources sub-committee of the Reference, Access and Outreach Section of the Society of American Archivists is accepting applications for the role of Associate Editor for the Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources series. For more information about the series, visit https://www2.archivists.org/publications/epubs/Case-Studies-Teaching-With-Primary-Sources.

The Associate Editor works with the Editor to maintain the Teaching with Primary Sources Case Studies as a contribution to the professional scholarship and illustration of the application of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy. The position, in collaboration with the Editor, coordinates the review process and works with peer reviewers. The Associate Editor role shall become the Editor when their term expires, requiring a two-year commitment.

DUTIES

  • In consultation with the Editor, identify potential authors and solicit proposals
  • Assist in coordinating the peer review process, working with peer reviewers to provide timely feedback
  • As directed by the Editor, communicate reviews and feedback to authors
  • Promote recently published case studies to the RAO membership and broader community of practitioners

Applications will be accepted at twps-casestudies@archivists.org until February 1, 2020. Applicants should submit a statement of interest explaining their experience editing; a writing sample; and a resume/CV. Questions may be addressed to Jen Hoyer at twps-casestudies@archivists.org.

Journal of Western Archives Seeks New Editor

The Journal of Western Archives is seeking a new managing editor. The managing editor is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and works closely with the editorial board to ensure that the needs of the professional community (including the journal’s four regional sponsors) in the western United States are met. If you are interested in this position, please submit a CV and a letter of interest to journal director Gordon Daines at gordon_daines@byu.edu by Monday December 16th at 5:00 pm MST. The successful applicant will assume their duties on January 1st, 2020 and receive a yearly honorarium of $500.00. The initial term will be for three years with the opportunity to renew once.

Journal of Western Archives Editor
Job Description

The Editor is responsible for the overall quality of the intellectual content of the journal and for overseeing the review process to ensure it is thorough, fair, and timely. The Editor is responsible for upholding the mission and scope of the journal and for selecting papers that provide new, original, and important contributions to knowledge.

Responsibilities:

  1. The Editor oversees the mission and scope of the journal in consultation with the journal director and the editorial board.
    1. The Editor ensures that the papers published are consistent with the editorial mission.
    2. The Editor works with the journal director and the editorial board to determine if thematic issues should be published. The Editor identifies and invites potential guest editors for these issues.
    3. The Editor works with the technical editor/layout specialist to ensure that content is visually appealing and readable.
  2. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the peer review process.
    1. The Editor selects editorial board members to shepherd potential articles and case studies through the peer review process.
    2. The Editor and assigned editorial board members will use the BePress platform to conduct the editorial review process.
    3. The Editor will review the feedback from peer reviewers and the assigned editorial board member and will make the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles and case studies.
    4. The Editor will ensure that the peer review process is completed in a timely way and that authors receive constructive feedback about papers submitted.
  3. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the copyediting process
    1. The Editor will work with the journal’s contract copyeditor to ensure that articles and case studies are copyedited in a timely fashion.
    2. The Editor has final authority on all copyediting decisions.
  4. The Editor will seek opportunities to promote the journal.
    1. The Editor will seek to speak at conferences and other events about the purpose and values of the journal, inviting potential contributors to consider submitting papers to the journal.
    2. The Editor will encourage editorial board members to speak at conferences and other events about the purpose and values of the journal, inviting potential contributors to consider submitting papers to the journal.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Must have the technical capacity to work in a fully electronic environment
  • Experience in conducting and writing research, sufficient to enable the individual to solicit and select research that will result in a high-quality publication that addresses the diverse interest of the readership
  • Dynamic, self-motivated individual
  • Ability to delegate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to set and meet firm deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment

Preferred

  • Experience with the peer review process as both a peer reviewer and an author
  • Membership in one of the four sponsoring regional associations (Conference of Intermountain Archivists, Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists, the Society of California Archivists, or the Northwest Archivists, Inc.
  • Familiarity with and ability to use the Chicago Manual of Style

The John Dickinson Writings Project Seeks A Full-Time Managing Editor

The John Dickinson Writings Project (JDP), under the auspices of the Center for Digital Editing (CDE) at the University of Virginia, seeks a full-time Managing Editor.

The goal of the Project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historic Publications and Records Commission, and private donors, is to assemble the entire corpus of Dickinson’s political works into an estimated six printed volumes, a college-level course reader, and a Web-based digital version. John Dickinson contributed more writings to the American Founding than any other figure. He is best known for his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania (1767-68), the first resounding and successful call for colonial unity to resist British oppression.

The Managing Editor will complete the final stages of preparation of Volumes Three (1764–1766) and Four (1767–1769) and prepare Volume Five (1770–1775) of The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson. Working under the supervision of Jane Calvert (JDP) and Jennifer Stertzer (CDE) and in concert with other JDP/CDE staff in Charlottesville, Va., the Managing Editor will engage in the following activities: transcribing and proofreading manuscripts; annotation research (including travel to archives) and writing; formatting content in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat; basic work in Drupal. The Managing Editor will take the lead on these tasks and establish and manage the workflow of other experienced and new JDP team members.

This position is located in Charlottesville, VA and is a 2-year commitment with an expected start date no later than January 2, 2020.

Required Qualifications: At least a master’s degree in early American history or related field; experience in scholarly publication or documentary editing; paleographic skills in 18th century handwriting; team-building/managerial skills; ability to solve problems in a digital environment; ability to work independently and collaboratively; strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to meet strict production deadlines; meticulous attention to detail, including mastering complicated editorial protocols; commitment to the highest standard of scholarly work.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Revolutionary Era American history or related field; expertise in 18th century American or British legal and/or political texts; previous work with a Founder’s papers project or similar; experience in team management; familiarity with Drupal; reading knowledge of Latin and/or French.

The job posting can be found at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/Managing-Editor–The-John-Dickinson-Writings-Project_R0011286. For questions about the position, please contact Jennifer Stertzer, at jes7z@virginia.edu or Jane Calvert at jane.calvert@uky.edu

Applications/Nominations Invited for RBM Reviews Editor

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Reviews Editor for ACRL’s peer-reviewed journal in special collections librarianship, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. The Reviews Editor has charge of the reviews published in the journal’s biennial issues, to ensure the journal provides qualified opinions of new publications and other scholarly resources relevant to academic librarians and archivists specifically involved in rare books, manuscripts, and cultural heritage.

Responsibilities include receiving and soliciting material for review, making assignments to qualified reviewers, and collating reviews to meet production schedules.

The Reviews Editor is a voting member of the RBM Editorial Board. They work closely with the journal editor, members of the Editorial Board, and ACRL production staff. The appointment as Review Editor is a three-year term; applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL.

A nominal honorarium may be available for this position, pending final review of the RBM editorial budget.

Desired qualifications include:

  • professional experience in academic libraries;
  • experience as a reviewer for an academic journal;
  • ability to identify, prioritize, and distribute materials for review in the journal;
  • demonstrated ability to maintain and organize a widely scattered and diverse team of qualified reviewers;
  • ability to manage the flow of materials from publishers to reviewers to production staff;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • ability to meet, and hold others to, deadlines; and
  • familiarity with trends in cultural heritage institutions, higher education, and library and information science publishing.

Applications and nominations must include a statement of qualifications addressing the areas noted above and include a current CV. Application documents should be sent to RBM Editor Dr. Richard Saunders at rsaunders@suu.edu. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2019.

Finalists will be interviewed by conference call during December 2019. The appointment is made by the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee (PCC) upon the recommendation of the RBM Editorial Board. The Reviews Editor will begin training and working with the incumbent immediately upon appointment by PCC prior to their three-year term of appointment beginning in July 2020.

Job Announcement: Assistant Editor, The Papers of Andrew Jackson

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville seeks a Research Assistant Professor of History to serve as Assistant Editor on The Papers of Andrew Jackson.  The Jackson project is producing a comprehensive edition of Jackson’s papers in seventeen bound volumes and two digital iterations.  Volume XI, covering the presidential year 1833, is now in press, and Volume XII, covering 1834, is in preparation.  The new Assistant Editor will engage in all aspects of the project’s work, including accessioning, selecting, calendaring, transcribing, and annotating documents for inclusion in the volumes, proofreading and indexing volume text, managing the project’s online presence, and coordinating with the digital edition hosts.  Qualifications include a PhD in American history with a pertinent research specialty and advanced literary skills.

Salary is competitive and includes University benefits.  Review of applications will begin April 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should submit an application letter, current vita, a recent article- or chapter-length writing sample, and contact information for two references at http://apply.interfolio.com/60510.  Inquiries may be directed to Professor Daniel Feller at dfeller@utk.edu or 865-974-7077.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section/504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

Seeking Editors-at-large for American Archivist Reviews Portal

The Society of American Archivists is looking for two Editors-at-large to contribute to the American Archivist Reviews Portal. The Portal includes information about professional products and services, and the reviews complement and expand on content published in the reviews section of American Archivist. These are volunteer positions and work in collaboration with the Reviews Editor and the Reviews Portal Coordinator.

The Editors-at-large of American Archivist Reviews Portal will write reviews focusing on Web-based tools, software, and apps; exhibits; digital humanities projects; reports and white papers; and archives and archivists in pop culture and society. The Editors-at-large will focus on the following:

  • Identifying web-based tools, software, apps, exhibits, and other pertinent resources and subjects for archives and archivists for prospective review;

  • Researching and writing approximately one review every other month;

  • Work with the Reviews Editor and Portal Coordinator during the writing and revision process;

  • Collaborating in the growth and expansion of the site;

  • Keeping abreast of technology reviews in other archival and allied professional periodicals.

Candidates must be a member of SAA, demonstrate solid writing skills, and have an unquenchable curiosity about web-based archives “stuff.” New professionals are encouraged to apply. Ideally, the successful candidates would begin in May 2019. The estimated time commitment is 5 hours/month. The term of the positions is two years with the possibility for reappointment.

TO APPLY: Please send letter indicating why you are interested in the position and explaining your writing and editorial experience, along with your résumé and writing samples (preferably a review or blog post), by March 31, 2019 to: Bethany Anderson, Reviews Editor, American ArchivistReviewsEditor@archivists.org. Interviews will be conducted via telephone in mid-April.