Call for Chapters: Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Editors
Josiline Chigwada, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
Godfrey Tsvuura, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: December 12, 2020
Full Chapters Due: February 24, 2021
Submission Date: February 24, 2021

Introduction
The book showcases contemporary issues in information and records management in the 4th industrial revolution especially in times of crisis like the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Chapters highlighting innovation, use of information and communication technology in information and records management, best practices, challenges encountered and how they are overcome are discussed.

Objective
The publication demonstrates the value of information and records management in the 21st century vis-à-vis the challenges that may be faced by information and records managers in the 4th industrial revolution. The book provides a summary of the key activities undertaken by information and records managers as they seek to make records and information management more visible to modern knowledge-driven society.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, librarians, archivists, students, lecturers and researchers working in the field of library and information science, archives and records management, communication sciences, education, and information technology.

Recommended Topics
• Records management practices and systems • Challenges in managing records in the 21st century • Information management in the 4th industrial revolution • Knowledge management in the 4th industrial revolution • Quality assurance in information and records management • Research data management • Data, information and records • Big data • Open Science (Open access, open educational resources, open source, open methodology, Open peer review). • Digitisation of records • Continuous professional development • Social Media usage in records and information management • Managing difficult patrons • Inclusive librarianship • Cloud Computing • Services to Patrons with disabilities • Collection development and management • Institutional repositories • Community engagement • Cooperation between librarians and teaching staff • Information Communication Technology issues in information and records management • Resource sharing in information and records centres

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before December 12, 2020, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by December 26, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by February 24, 2021, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at https://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Contemporary Issues in Information and Records Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.

Publisher
This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit https://www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Important Dates
December 12, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
December 26, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
February 24, 2021: Full Chapter Submission
April 9, 2021: Review Results Returned
May 21, 2021: Final Acceptance Notification
June 4, 2021: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries
Josiline Chigwada Bindura University of Science Education josyphiri@gmail.com +263733782906 Godfrey Tsvuura Zimbabwe Open University gtsvuura@gmail.com

Full call and submission

CFP: 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 & WBIMLC 2020 December 9th-11th Bihać, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Online

The 9th International Summit of the Book 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here

WBIMLC 2020 welcome papers on any of the topics listed here 

Papers for both the International Summit of the Book and WBIMLC should be prepared using the WBIMLC template available here and submitted electronically to this email address  wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

After the second cycle of Peer-Review, selected papers will be published in the International Summit of the Book and the WBIMLC Proceedings Book and in the Peer Reviewed Education for Information (indexed by SCOPUS) ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649.

Paper Submission: Submissions in any of the following forms are accepted:

  • Full paper to be published in conference proceedings
  • Presentation
  • Round table discussion
  • Poster session
  • Workshops
  • Symposia
  • PechaKucha

Instructions for authors/download: Papers should be written in English, prepared using the WBIMLC template, and submitted electronically to this email address wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org. After the second cycle of peer-review, selected papers will be published in the WBIMLC2020 Proceedings and in the peer-reviewed journal “Education for Information” (indexed by SCOPUS: ISSN print: 0167-8329; ISSN online: 1875-8649). Registration Fees: €300 Early Bird available up to 30th September 2020 (Request invoice) €350 Full fees after 30th September 2020 (Request Invoice) €400 Payment on Arrival The registration fee includes the following:

  • Preparation of the Proceedings
  • Promotional materials
  • Welcome drink
  • Refreshments during the conference
  • Galla Dinner

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 16th October 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:  28th October 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline 11th November 2020
  • Dissemination of Final Programme by 30th November 2020
  • Conference dates: 9th-11th December 2020
  • Abstracts and Papers are to be sent to: wbimlc2019@wbimlc.org

Please note: all expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by the Conference Committee, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Call for papers for the Tunnock Essay Prize (Scottish Archives)

We present you today a great opportunity to have your research published in a well-respected journal and receive a prize of £250.

The weather is wonderful and the archives are closed but you may well still be in a position to think about writing up an entry for the Tunnock Essay Prize. Aimed at post graduates and kindly sponsored by Thomas Tunnock Ltd, entries should focus on the use and interpretation of Scottish Archives both within Scotland and further afield.  Submissions should consist of between 4,000 and 6,000 words. Any submission that makes use of archival material to explore historical matters relevant to Scotland will be considered. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £250 and, subject to peer review, will be eligible for publication in Scottish Archives, the journal of the Scottish Records Association.

The closing date for entries is 1 September 2020.

Further details are available on the SRA website at https://www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/the-tunnock-prize-2020 or email: editorscottisharchives@gmail.com

Call for papers: Collect & Connect conference

Leiden (The Netherlands), 23-24 November 2020

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the international conference Collect & Connect: Archives and Collections in a Digital Age. The conference will be held at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden (depending on COVID-19 it could be moved online) on 23-24 November 2020.

The aims of this international conference which officially concludes the NWO/Brill Creative Industries Project Making Sense of Illustrated Handwritten Archives are two: to present results of finished and original research in the field of digitized archives and natural and cultural heritage collections, and to promote exchange and discussion between researchers and heritage professionals in the field of digital natural and cultural heritage.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Dr. Sharon Leon (Michigan State University)
Prof. Lambert Schomaker (University of Groningen)
Prof. Franco Niccolucci (PIN – University of Florence)

Paper formats & submission:

Regular papers with 10 to 12 pages (max. 12 pages, min. 10 pages) and short papers with 5 to 9 pages (max. 9 pages, min. 5 pages) need to be submitted through EasyChair.
All papers will be thoroughly peer-reviewed by at least two members of the conference’s program committee.

Important dates:

11 September 2020 (deadline for short and long papers)
2 October 2020 (notification of authors)
15 November 2020 (camera-ready papers)

Thematic scope of the conference:

In recent years, libraries, archives and museums have spent major efforts on annotating and enriching their digitized archives and collections with contextual information, in order to make them retrievable and interlinked in novel ways. Often institutions aim to enhance their reach and relevance for broader user groups. A major challenge in the field is the heterogeneous character of many of such digitized collections. Many handwritten archives and collections of physical objects in the realms of natural history, archaeology, history, and art history entail combinations of textual and visual elements whose interpretation requires a range of different expertises and computational technologies. This conference therefore welcomes papers that present, discuss, and reflect upon the technical, social, and institutional challenges digital heritage professionals and researchers encounter when enriching heterogeneous digitized collections with context.

Six to eight papers selected among those presented at the conference are expected to be selected for publication in the Journal of Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH). The authors of the selected papers will be asked to extend their conference papers to comply with the editorial standards of the Journal. They will be informed at the end of the Conference by the Selection Committee, formed by the Conference Chairs and JOCCH Editor-in-Chief, and will provided with a suitable deadline to prepare their papers for publication. Thus, to publish in this Special Issue it is necessary to present the paper at the International Conference Collect&Connect.

More information on guidelines and paper submission at:

https://sites.google.com/naturalis.nl/makingsenseproject/conference/cfp

CFP: Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Type: Call for Papers
Date: August 31, 2020
Subject Fields: Digital Humanities, Women’s & Gender History / Studies
**Deadline: August 31, 2020**

CfP Conference “Digital Humanities and Gender History”

Place: Online Conference

Dates: 5.2., 12.2., 19.2. and 26.2.2021, 4 – 8 p.m. CET

Languages: English, German

The Chair of Gender History at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (Germany), together with the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. and the Digital German Women’s Archive (Digitales Deutsches Frauenarchiv), is organising a virtual international conference on “Digital Humanities and Gender History” on the four Friday afternoons of February 2021.

The conference aims to address gender-historical aspects of the history of the digital and the digital humanities as well as the application of digital methods and research workflows for gender-historical questions. The conference will examine the gender-historical implications of digital methods, tools and projects as well as the possibilities and limitations, added values and challenges that digital methods offer for the study of gender history.

In addition to the presentation of current and completed projects, problem-centered lectures dealing with aspects of cross-cutting relevance for a digital gender history are particularly welcome. Proposals for topics can refer to the following thematic complexes:

  • Application of digital methods and tools in regards to gender history issues
  • Gender history of the digital humanities or digital sub-disciplines
  • Constructions of gender in or making it visible by digital methods (e.g. using data mining, network or GIS technologies, visualisations etc.)
  • Gendered or intersectional marking of digital models of reality, e.g. also artificial intelligence
  • Significance of gender in the modelling of digital humanities projects, the design and development of databases, algorithms, software, tools and digital working and virtual research environments
  • Digital archives and sources, their indexing and distribution
  • Digital forms of publication for gender history e.g. digital journals, blogs, project pages, social media etc.
  • Relationship between gender history and digital humanities or, possibly, considerations for a scientific disciplining of Digital Historical Gender Studies with specific questions, epistemes, methods and other (sub)disciplinary characteristics

Please submit your contribution, approximately one page in length, by 31 August to the e-mail address pia.sybille.marzell@uni-jena.de. We ask you to state whether your contribution will be a project presentation or whether you wish to focus on more comprehensive questions and aspects of digital gender history. Besides presentations with 20 minutes of speaking time, smaller lectures or alternative formats such as demos, tutorials, pecha kuchas etc. can also be proposed. Contributions from all epochs and regions are welcome.

The four conference afternoons in February form a unit, so participation in all four dates would be desirable. The conference languages are English and German. We are currently seeking funding to provide simultaneous translation of the conference in sign language as well as an English translation of the German contributions.

Contact Info:
Martin Prell (University of Jena)

Pia Marzell (University of Jena)

Contact Email: martin.prell@uni-jena.de

CFP: Archives During Rebellions and Wars, from the age of Napoleon to the Cyber War Era

TITLE

Archives during rebellions and wars. From the age of Napoleon to the cyber war era

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Fabio Caffarena, Benedetto Luigi Compagnoni, Antonino De Francesco, Filippo De Vivo, Maria Pia Donato, Luciana Duranti, Pierluigi Feliciati, Andrea Giorgi, Leonardo Mineo, Marco Mondini, Stefano Morosini, Stefano Moscadelli, Raffele Pittella, Oliver Poncet, Stefano Vitali.

The Symposium will be held in Milan, Italy, at the State Archives.

DATES

2021 May 19 (9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 20 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
2021 May 21 (9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.)

DESCRIPTION

The title of this symposium makes reference to a paper presented on the 29th of November, 1914, at the School of Paleography, Diplomatics and Archival Science of the State Archives of Milan by Giovanni Vittani, who would become the director of that institution in 1920 until 1938. Clearly, a few months after the outbreak of the First World War, this subject was of great topical interest. Vittani discussed the heavy losses suffered by archives in Italy and abroad in the course of history, due to wars, revolutions and revolts. He concluded his speech stating that the only way of minimizing the destruction of archives, apart from international laws and sanctions, would be the development of a true “public interest”: only “when (archives) will be universally known for why they exist, that is, to everyone’s advantage, to the harm of no one, it will be inconceivable that anybody would think to endanger them on purpose”. But this was wishfull thinking, as the State Archives of Milan itself, in the summer of 1943, when Milan was heavily bombed, lost a large quantity of documents.

Archival preservation was always at risk during wars and rebellions, but during the age of Napoleon considerable innovations were introduced in this field, as in many others, and we are still today familiar with them. In earlier regimes, archives either were voluntarily destroyed, or became the spoils of war for practical reasons, such as using their information in order to rule new territories or, vice versa, to deprive enemies of the same information. From the beginning of the 19th century to the present day, new direct or indirect causes of danger for archives have developed. As shown in the book Archivio del mondo. Quando Napoleone confiscò la storia, by Maria Pia Donato, it was Napoleon who wanted to create a “great archives of the world” by transferring to Paris, the capital of the new Empire, documents from all of the occupied countries for the sole purpose of symbolizing the birth of a new universal history. From that time on, the historical and symbolical importance of archives has transformed them into political instruments for confirming or discrediting the legitimacy of wars and rebellions fought in the name of a national identity or an ideology.

Two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, the State Archives of Milan wishes to reflect on the theme of archives during wars and rebellions, aware of the fact that Vittani’s wish is still far from coming true, and that probably it will never come true. Wars of the third Millennium, which are also fought cybernetically, definitely refute the idea that archives are “to the advantage of all” and, above all, “of harm to no one”. Two centuries after the death of the man who dreamed about the creation of a great universal archives, colossal corporations have succeeded in collecting and managing an enormous bulk of data which, as the new “archives of the world”, may become powerful instruments for influencing people’s thought and actions, even to the point of fostering or stirring up new wars.

STRUCTURE

The symposium will be structured into 5 sessions, each one dedicated either to an historical period or to one of the themes listed below, depending on the proposals that will be submitted.

Each presentation will last 20 minutes, followed by a 5-minute period for questions and answers”.

SUBMISSIONS

The deadline for the submission of proposals is September 30th, 2020. Proposals will consist of an abstract, in English or Italian (2,000 characters maximum), and a curriculum vitae showing the speaker’s principal areas of expertise and research.

E-mail for proposals submission: convegnoasmi2021@gmail.com

Papers may be presented either in English or in Italian. For speakers who prefer to present in another language, a simultaneous translation will be provided, under the condition that the text of the paper be submitted well in advance of the event. However, an English or Italian translation of the paper will be required for publication in the Proceedings.

The deadline for the submission of the final text for publication in the proceedings is August 31st, 2021

THEMES

1 – Archives, wars, and diplomacy
– Management, transformation, and creation of archives before, during or after a war;
– How archivists and their profession change during war time;
– Archives of diplomacy.

2 – Secret archives and public archives
– Access to records and archives;
– Archives as instrument of power;
– Archives as instrument for exercising civil rights.

3 – Archives and “Empire”, Archives and “Nation”, Archives and “De-colonization”
– Archives as symbols of power;
– Archives as identity;
– Archives during crises, revolts and transitional periods.

4 – Archives as “Instruments” and Archives as “Monuments”
– The retention and/or disposition of archives in order to build an historical narrative;
– The construction of archives (collections of autographs, correspondence, letters, oral sources, diaries, etc.; community archives);
– Dismembered, dispersed, destroyed, migrated and removed archives / archives preserved deliberately or accidentally.

5 – Archives and technology
– Archives as technological products and instruments;
– Reliability and authenticity of archives in the era of cyber security and artificial intelligence;
– Data use and control.

CFP: Online webinars from Eogan: Energy Archives during COVID-19

As uncertainty reigns over the future, EOGAN would like to organise an online event for archivists, particularly in the energy sector, to informally meet and discuss their fears, solutions, and stories of working from home (or not) during the lockdown.

They would like to hear about new ways to interact with researchers and document collections, the state of digitisation and online access, what future for archives in the era of Coronavirus. In particular, if you work for a company’s archive, what provisions did the company or institution made / is planning for the archive? The energy sector, and the oil sector in particular, is under immense strain: how can archives be useful for developing a historically informed understanding of these processes, and thinking up appropriate strategies for interventions? Have there been requests to access specific files? How is smart working being organised for corporate archives?

The meeting aims to be an informal gathering; if you are interested in speaking, send an email at eogan.network[at]gmail.com with a quick summary of what you would like to discuss, and your availabilities for June.

Ideally they would receive these expressions of interest by the 15th May, so to decide a date for the webinars collectively.

Read more on: https://www.eogan.org/open-call-for-papers

CFP: Time/Location/Mode of Participation Changes: JCDL 2020 Practitioners Track

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan,  JCDL 2020 Organizing Committee has
made the following changes:

• Delay the conference date to August 1-5, 2020, which is right after ACM
SIGIR 2020 (July 25-30, 2020)
• Move the conference site to Xi’an China, which is at the same site as ACM
SIGIR 2020
• Allow virtual attendance/presentation of papers
• Not enforce the “no show” policy

These changes allow JCDL 2020 and SIGIR 2020 to be two conferences that are
back to back. Therefore, it is possible for attendees to attend two important
and relevant conferences with just one trip. The Organizing Committee of JCDL
2020 are working with that of SIGIR 2020 to explore further collaboration
between the two conferences.

JCDL 2020 continues to invite submissions to a newly created Practitioners
Track.

Practitioners Track Proposals

The practitioners track emphasizes innovation, insight, and vision in the
practice of digital libraries. It provides opportunities for libraries,
archives, museums, publishers, and digital content industry partners to
showcase their latest novel, speculative, and even provocative ideas,
practices, case studies, technologies, productions, strategies, datasets, and/
or designs related to digital library practices and services. Topics include
but are not limited to

• practice of emergency planning and response for libraries, archives, and
museums
• digital repositories
• digital collections development and management
• metadata and discovery services
• open access and scholarly communication
• open educational resources
• teaching and learning support
• digital publishing
• big data and library cyberinfrastructure
• research data management, digital curation, and stewardship
• digital humanities
• digital preservation
• information service
• information/data literacy
• digital heritage/culture

Authors must label their submissions with at least one of the following four
streams. Submissions will be evaluated using criteria set forth in the
respective stream. There is no expectation that a submission must cover all
four streams.

1. “I have a dream”. Submissions to this stream should focus on the vision,
speculation, or prophetic prediction of trends on a) the future environment
and/or ecosystem for libraries, museums, archives and related industry and b)
how do we adapt and flourish. Proposals will be mainly evaluated on vision,
novelty, and potential impact. We particularly encourage high-risk high-reward
ideas, as long as the risks are clearly articulated and assessed.

2. “Told you so”. Submissions to this stream provide theoretical,
experimental, computational, synthetic, or empirical proof or myth rebuttal
related to popular and current digital library trends and practices. Proposals
are expected to be well-referenced and balanced, and also offer nuance and
clearly laid-out limitations. The evaluation will be focused on the merits of
the arguments, as well as their potential impacts on the practices.

3. “We can do it”. Submission to this steam showcase exemplary projects,
products, or services that have already been launched. Proposals may be
further broken down into substreams such as a) “We did it first”, where
novelty and differentiation factors are highlighted; b) “We do it best”, which
focuses on the overall value gained by the patrons, communities, and the
society; or c) “We can do better”, which highlights critical improvements.
Proposals in this stream will be evaluated on the verifiable benefits these
projects bring.

4. “Together we’ll go far”. Submissions to this stream emphasize broad
collaborations, e.g., those beyond boundaries of departments, libraries,
institutions, academic disciplines, communities, regions, or even countries.
Authors should clearly articulate what, how, and why the collaboration works
and what values the collaboration brings to each partner.

Proposals should consist of a title, extended abstract, and contact
information for the authors, and should not exceed 2 pages. As indicated in
the JCDL 2020 Call for Submissions, Practitioners Track submissions should use
the ACM Proceedings template
(http://www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template) and are to be submitted
in electronic format via the conference’s EasyChair submission page
(https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=jcdl2020).

Accepted proposals to the Practitioners Track will be included in the
conference proceedings and will be presented at the conference in visual
formats including but are not limited to posters, videos, or system and
production demonstrations. At least one author of each accepted proposal is
expected to give a one-minute presentation.

All questions concerning the practitioners track proposals should be discussed
with the track co-chairs prior to the submission deadline of April 6, 2020.
Notification of acceptance is April 27, 2020 . This year’s practitioners track
co-chairs are:

Zhiwu Xie, Virginia Tech Libraries, USA zhiwuxie@vt.edu
Long Xiao, Peking University Library, China, China lxiao@lib.pku.edu.cn
Wei Liu, Shanghai Library, China kevenlw@gmail.com

CFP: Collaborate, Connect, Transform: A partnership of world experts in media and audiovisual archives, The joint 2020 IASA – FIAT/IFTA conference

Call for presentations

Collaborate, Connect, Transform: A partnership of world experts in media and audiovisual archives”

The joint 2020 IASA – FIAT/IFTA conference

Call for Proposals
(submission deadline: 16 March 2020)

In an age where global audiovisual communication has become a highway of social media traffic, audiovisual records offer us the opportunity to transcend the limitations of time and place.  Audiovisual archives convey messages from one era to another. It is the audiovisual archivist’s responsibility that the messages captured are reliable, authentic, persistent and complete. The convergence of technical, organisational and social-political realities are now challenges that can no longer be tackled in isolation. With an explosion of content creation audiovisual archive experts are a vital connector between publishers, industry, technology, policy makers and cultural heritage bodies.

Technological advancements help archives collect, manage and share their collections more efficiently. Audiovisual media archivists need to be open to this evolution. It is the job of the archive industry to redefine heritage and future access methods in this new technology driven multimedia landscape. Therefore, for the first time in 25 years, the FIAT/IFTA Executive Council and the IASA Board have decided to join forces and organize a joint conference with an integrated programme. The 51st IASA Conference will unite with the 44th FIAT/IFTA World Conference. Together with our host RTÉ, a long-standing and active member of both, we bring together the two leading associations in broadcast, media, sound and audiovisual archiving.

Dublin is widely recognized as a hub of technological innovation, it is like much of Ireland, a vibrant destination that boasts a young progressive demographic while steeped in the maturity of a learning and artistic culture, revered internationally. For the goals of the FIAT/IFTA – IASA Joint Conference 2020 our host venue, Trinity College Dublin is an excellent fit.  From the Book of Kells to the Oscar Wilde Collection, it is home to ancient as well as recent cultural icons. Since its founding in the 16th century, Trinity aims to grow, preserve and disseminate knowledge, a mission it shares with IASA and FIAT/IFTA alike.

We welcome proposals on the following topics:

A. Turning the temporary into the everlasting

While time is running out for analogue sound and moving image carriers to be digitized, the challenges of the digital domain are already awaiting us: do we just continue to carefully collect, monitor, and document, or are we already venturing into large-scale transcoding, rewrapping, and normalisation? And isn’t it about time to start working on that big pile of films that we have always pushed back? We’d love to hear you talk about:

  • Accept, ignore, transform or discard? Strategies to cope with unsustainable file formats
  • Obsolete digital carriers: efficient approaches for mixed media collections
  • Your best 5 dollars spent in preservation: stories of optimising cost and quality as well
  • Advocating, planning and realising film digitisation at large

B. Increasing efficiency in media management and metadata creation

With ever higher quantities of objects and files acquired, stored, edited and accessed, keeping control of the traffic running on your archival highways is paramount. To all these processes, metadata is crucial and artificial intelligence is helping us with that, but introducing it into your archive brings technical, ethical and organisational questions. Our audience will be interested in a presentation tackling:

  • Efficiency measurement and comparison of methods of metadata creation
  • Working with the big ones in AI: wolves in sheep’s clothing or unmissable opportunity?
  • From monolith to Lego set: build-your-own, modular and open source in media management
  • Player, coach or referee? Archivist’s and media manager’s roles in the news and sports rooms of the future

C. As open as possible, but not more than that

Free and open to all is definitely a commendable goal, but it’s hardly ever applicable to a complete collection. Ethical, commercial and legal rules are indispensable in the operation of audiovisual archives and therefore deserve our attention. How to answer questions about who gets access to what, how, when, and where?

  • Justified inaccessibility: access restriction for ethical reasons
  • Copyright: raising awareness about rules, opportunities and threats
  • Making audiovisual archival content accessible for people with disabilities
  • Role divisions or collaborations? Audiovisual digitisation, preservation and access between broadcasters and national (audiovisual) archives

D. The social role of archives here and now

What we preserve carries the truths and values of the past. In addition, many social movements accumulate their own audiovisual archive, thus shaping their own image and a set of historical sources for the future. This makes the archive nolens volens an actor that cannot stay on the sidelines, especially in a time of polarisation. But how do we respond to what is happening around us? When do we come to the fore? Do we offer a forum for debate, or do we also take a position, and for what purpose?

  • Storytelling, new and interactive forms such as podcasts, vlogs and other contemporary means to tell and prove archival value(s)
  • Archives as (big) data: mining the audiovisual collections for unexplored narratives
  • Strongholds of trust: the audiovisual archive’s role in fact checking and unmasking fake news
  • The value of public service in public service broadcasting archives: a matter of independence, neutrality or diversity?
  • Users and user practices: new practices of archival access in the digital age, addressing academic, educational and public communities

E. Future proofing the archive: towards new structures and skill sets

To gain global recognition of their profession, audiovisual archivists have to conquer their place. But a credible claim that audiovisual archiving is a profession in its own right can’t be supported by expensive words only. Professionalization and continuous adaptation of the archive as an organization have become a necessity. Therefore we’d welcome papers about:

  • Academic training and certification in audiovisual archiving: necessity or luxury?
  • Radio and TV collections under the same roof: between shared solutions and respect for specificity.
  • Audiovisual collections in archives with a broader scope: no longer the odd one out?
  • Redesigning audiovisual heritage landscapes: regional, national, continental collaborations
  • The broadcast archive in the public media landscape

F. The business of archives

Media archives form part of global enterprises today, with demand for content on new platforms and services continuing to grow and be re-invented. Where does the archive process fit into this model? We welcome insights into the sector from traditional and new business perspectives, services and the impacts of technologies through case studies which enhance the use and value of archives.

  • What are the business imperatives of managing archives for revenue generation in different organisations? Who are the new players?
  • What are the latest trends and tools which promote archive value in the commercial and professional markets?
  • Is the market contracting or expanding? Where do archives and commercial libraries meet? Is there a correlation?

Send us your proposal

We welcome presentations based on user experiences, new initiatives or perspectives, striking conclusions, successes but also failures. Your story is welcome, also if you’re sure that it is not amongst the world’s most advanced ones. The main objective is to share knowledge and results with audiovisual archives professionals in order to understand the lessons learned and new challenges or solutions arising. The topics mentioned above reflect current interests and evolutions. Suggestions for subjects not mentioned are equally welcome but should be contextualised thoroughly.

The conference will have different presenting formats:

FORMAT TYPE DURATION FORMAT INFORMATION
Keynote 45 minutes Keynote speakers will be decided by the Programme Committee
Parallel session presentation 25 minutes A presentation with 5 minutes for Q&A, selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Workshop 3 or 6 hours An in-depth, interactive session, with a strong hands-on component, selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Expert led discussion panel 1 hour An in-depth discussion among more than 2 experts, introduced briefly and led by 1 moderator expert in the subject discussed. Selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.
Poster To be decided A poster option may be offered to present a summary of a project or key insights through texts, schemes and images, on a poster in a central location of the conference venue at an appointed time slot. Selected by the Programme Committee from the proposals submitted.

If you would like to present your work during the 2020 FIAT/IFTA – IASA Joint Conference, we ask you to submit:

  1. working title of your proposal
  2. an abstract of your proposal (300 words max)
  3. the name(s) and a short bio of the proposed speaker(s), moderator or author(s) (150 words max.)
  4. the kind of format you’d like to see your contribution included in (see above)

Please submit your proposal by completing the form below
by Monday 16 March 2020

The selection of presentations will be made in April by the Programme Committee. The presenters will receive their notification via email after this selection, in the last week of April 2020. The Programme Committee reserves the right to propose to the candidates to present in a different format.

Please note:

  • Speakers are required to cater for their own costs related to travel, stay and conference registration. In order to avoid late speaker withdrawals as much as possible, speakers will be required to register before the early bird deadline passes.
  • FIAT/IFTA and IASA intend to award a number of grants allowing less financially privileged speakers to attend the conference. More details will be announced in the following months. To stay informed please keep an eye on the FIAT/IFTA and IASA websites and social media channels.
  • Commercial companies are welcome to the stage, but their proposals are will only be accepted if they are presenting dual-client case studies, technological breakthroughs, or academically generalized topics. Presentations with an overly commercial tone of voice are generally not appreciated by our audience and will not be accepted by the Programme Committee..
  • All presentations at the conference may be recorded via audiovisual media and photos, in accordance with section 8 of the FIAT/IFTA Privacy and Data Processing Statement. If you explicitly would like to avoid this, please let us know via conferences@iasa-web.org.
  • By submitting the form below, you confirm that you have read and agree to the terms stated on this page.

Form available on their website.

CFP: Sharing Polar Cultures and Knowledge: Perspectives from Libraries and Archives

First call for submission of proposals for oral presentations, posters and panel sessions for the 28th Polar Libraries Colloquy to be held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, from June 7 to June 13, 2020.

Go to the Submissions page

Theme

The theme of the Colloquy is Sharing Polar Cultures and Knowledge: Perspectives from Libraries and Archives.

Do librarians and archivists have a significant role in sharing Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern cultures? Do they still have a real impact in 2019 on the transmission of knowledge related to the polar world? How can the physical and virtual spaces of libraries and archive centres remain, in the era of information and communication technologies, essential places for sharing cultures and knowledge about the North and the Poles? The organizers invite you to submit papers on projects, services or thoughts related to these issues. Within the context of libraries and archives, the following sub-themes could be addressed:

  • Cultural exchanges and connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern communities.
  • Transmission of Indigenous and non-Indigenous northern traditional knowledge and practices.
  • First Nations involvement in information management, preservation or dissemination.
  • Reconciliation and decolonization of libraries and archives.
  • Enhancement of heritage documents related to polar cultures and knowledge.
  • Popularization of major social and environmental issues and democratization of scientific knowledge related to northern or polar territories.
  • Establishing a culture of data preservation and sharing among northern or polar researchers.
  • Interdisciplinary and intersectoral management of research data on northern or polar territories.
  • Contributions from libraries or archive centres to foster the practice of interdisciplinarity in research on northern and polar territories.

NOTE : All information professionals are invited to the Colloquy. Proposals on other subjects related to northern or polar information will also be considered.

Presentations

Submissions are invited for papers presentations, posters and panel discussions. Abstract must contain a maximum of 250 words.

Paper presentation

Time allocated for oral presentations is 20 minutes, plus a 10-minute period for questions and discussions after the presentation. Conference papers will be published in the proceedings of the Colloquy, with the authors’ permission.

Posters

Submitting a poster can be an equally interesting alternative to share your ideas, projects or expertise connected the theme of the Colloquy, or another topic related to polar information.

The posters will be displayed in the main conference room during the week and the authors will be asked to present them at pre-determined times. The exact times will be specified when the program is finalized.

The recommended poster size is 84,1 × 118,9 cm (33.1 in × 46.8 in), vertical orientation (portrait). Please note that the organizers can print the posters for you.

Panel discussions

You can propose a panel discussion concerning topics related to the theme of the Colloquy. Panel discussions normally last an hour and include three to five participants.

Timeline for papers, posters or panel discussion proposals

  • January 31, 2020 – Submissions deadline (new deadline: February 28, 2020)
  • February 14, 2020 – Acceptance notification (new acceptance notification date: March 6, 2020)
  • May 22, 2020 – Sending PowerPoint and other visual presentations to the organizers.

Conference registration is required in order to present an oral communication, a poster or a panel discussion. The PLC Steering Committee may be able to provide financial assistance via the Hubert Wenger Award.

Go to the Submissions page

Proceedings

The organizers undertake to publish the conference proceedings in an open access venue. The conference proceedings will include the full article for each oral presentation and copies of posters. For this purpose, the accepted oral presenters or poster presenters must send the full text of their presentation or copies of their poster before the conference, by 1 june 2020 and complete a publication permission that will be sent to them with the acceptance notification.

Questions about this call for papers? Please feel free to contact us at plc2020@bibl.ulaval.ca .

We look forward to your participation!