New Content: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) announces the publication of three new articles and two new book reviews.

“MPLP: From Practice to Theory,” written by Kyna Herzinger.

 Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/20.

Abstract: This paper traces the transformation of More Product, Less Process or MPLP from a processing methodology to a principle that has supported a growing toolbox of practices. It highlights the seeds of that principle, which are rooted in Greene and Meissner’s effort to shift professional focus away from processing minutiae and toward access to and use of archival materials. Although MPLP developed out of demonstrable needs, its underlying attention to the nature of archival work and the archivist’s role within that work speaks to deeper concepts addressed within archival theory. This paper argues that MPLP’s pragmatic methods have evolved beyond a toolbox of practices, and that MPLP should be recast as a principle to be both challenged and held in tension with other fundamental archival principles.

“Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! Experiences from Creating a Web Archive for Swedish Trade Unions,” written by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba, and Jaanus Karo.

Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/19.

Abstract: The Internet has become an increasingly important forum for societal activism, as event mobilization, member organization, and some actions have moved online. These new types of activities, often facilitated by diverse social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, form an increasingly important part of contemporary social movements’ and organizations’ communication, work, and expression. This rapid digitalization and the increase of online activities have created a dilemma for social movement archives and researchers: Born-digital material is necessary to understand our contemporary movements, yet the materials generated and available on the Internet are rarely systematically archived. To help find solutions to this problem, the project Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! set out to construct an archiving system for material created on the Internet by the Swedish trade union movement (i.e., websites and social media feeds). This article reviews the creation of the DigiFacket system and explores the challenges of building a web archive that meets both the needs of the research community and the movements occurring online, and that is easy enough to maintain, even for small archives.

“Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs,” written by Rory Grennan.

Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/18.

Abstract: Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs, edited by Peter Gottlieb and David W. Carmichael, examining the main topics of leadership and management of people in archival programs, its place in the archival literature, and its potential audience.

Reviews

“Review of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists,” written by Elizabeth D. James.

 Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/21/.

AbstractAdvocacy and Awareness for Archivists is at once a practical guide and a call to action to consistently communicate the work and impact of archives at the local, regional, and national levels. As an expansion of the Archival Fundamentals Series, the book places the work of advocacy as being central to the archives profession. However, it neglects to incorporate contemporary archival concerns related to power dynamics and inequity when planning and conducting an advocacy effort.

“Review of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene” written by Gregory Wiedeman.

Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/22/.

Abstract:  Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene is an archetypal Festschrift with 23 essays on each of the 11 Society of American Archivists Core Values of Archivists. This is primarily a book about archival professionalism, as Scott Cline’s framing essay offers the values as “integral to the archival endeavor” and the SAA Publications Board selected it as the fourth of SAA’s annual “One Book, One Profession” series. The book features some particularly standout works that will help both graduate students and veteran archivists better understand some of the more cutting-edge ideas that are reshaping how archivists think of themselves and their work. However, the traditional format and conservative genre can be a bit problematic and may undermine the effort and limit its potential readership.

JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library, New England Archivists, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

New Articles: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

Volume 5, 2018

Articles
Nineteenth-Century Depictions of Disabilities and Modern Metadata: A Consideration of Material in the P. T. Barnum Digital Collection
Meghan R. Rinn

Exploring the American Archivist: Corpus analysis tools and the professional literature
J. Gordon Daines III, Cory L. Nimer, and Jacob R. Lee

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
Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

Book Reviews
Review of Queer Library Alliance: Global Reflections and Imaginings
Matthew P. Messbarger

Review of Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums
Danielle Castronovo

Case Study
Adapting an Analog Records Management System for the Ingest and Accession of Permanent Electronic Records
Brandy Tunmire, Amy Dinkins, Mary K. Coker, Shelly J. Croteau, and John Korasick

Work in Progress
Researcher Access to Born-Digital Collections: an Exploratory Study
Julia Y. Kim

New Articles: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

JCAS, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2018
(open access)

“Nineteenth-Century Depictions of Disabilities and Modern Metadata: A Consideration of Material in the P. T. Barnum Digital Collection”
Meghan R. Rinn

“Adapting an Analog Records Management System for the Ingest and Accession of Permanent Electronic Records”
Brandy Tunmire, Amy Dinkins, Mary K. Coker, Shelly J. Croteau, and John Korasick

Call for Book Reviewers: JCAS

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) seeks book reviewers who are looking to engage with the professional literature. Sponsored by New England Archivists, Yale University Library, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, this open access journal publishes articles on a rolling basis.

To apply, please review our submission guidelines and then email the journal at email.jcas@gmail.com. Submit a brief list describing your area(s) of professional interest or expertise, and we will match you with a book to review.

The mission of the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, librarians, and historians, and to serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer-review and publication.

For more information, visit elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas.

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New Content: JCAS

Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies
Vol. 4, Issue 1
(open access)

Article

Altmetrics and Archives
Elizabeth Joan Kelly

Case Study

Open-Source Opens Doors: A Case Study on Extending ArchivesSpace Code at UNLV Libraries
Cyndi Shein, Carol Ou, Karla Irwin, and Carlos Lemus

Call for Peer Reviewers: JCAS

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) seeks peer reviewers for its 2017 special issue: “Governance of Digital Memories in the Era of Big Data.” This special issue will discuss ethical issues regarding institutional memories’ governance in a digital context, which links to the ethics of remembering and forgetting. As we consider our developing digital culture, memory is becoming a distributed endeavor. The issue is addressed not only to “traditional” memory keepers, but also to the emerging community of social actors willing to join the debate about the importance of collective construction of memories. If you would like to participate as a peer reviewer for this special issue, or serve as a peer reviewer for JCAS on an ongoing basis, please email the journal at email.jcas@gmail.com. Sign up by March 31. For more information, visit elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas.

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Katy Sternberger
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Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies
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Open Positions: JCAS

reposted:

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS), a peer-reviewed online journal hosted by Yale University and New England Archivists, seeks an Associate Editor and a Marketing Associate. All interested candidates should apply by August 1, 2016. See below for details.

JCAS‘s mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, and serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. JCAS publishes research articles, case studies, literature reviews (book, web-based, multimedia), work-in-progress articles, and conference reports that emphasize unique intellectual and technological developments in the archival profession. JCAS is an open-access, online academic journal published via the Berkeley Electronic Press Digital Commons platform.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
The Associate Editor collaborates with the Managing Editor in soliciting, selecting, and developing content for the journal. The Associate Editor reviews assigned submissions and oversees the peer review process for them: reading and evaluating reports submitted by peer reviewers and recommending to the Managing Editor whether the manuscripts should be accepted for publication, accepted for publication with revisions, or rejected for publication. The Associate Editor participates in outreach programming whenever possible and assists in the solicitation of submissions on an ongoing basis. This person will serve a term of three years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

MARKETING ASSOCIATE
The Marketing Associate generates and oversees all publicity, networking, and liaison work for the journal’s social media presence. The Marketing Associate manages all incoming and outgoing communications and coordinates outreach events with the NEA Communications Committee. This person will serve a term of two years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and a short cover letter for consideration by the NEA Executive Board. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2016. Applications and questions should be directed to NEA Immediate Past President Colin Lukens: colin_lukens@harvard.edu.

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New Article: JCAS

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We are pleased to announce publication of a new article: “The Wild West No More: Preserving 40 Years of Electronic Records at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center,” by Tyler G. Cline.

In the summer of 2014, the American Heritage Center undertook a project to migrate all born-digital records to a secure server, thereby creating the means to provide access to the material. The author explores the project which largely eliminating the backlog of born-digital collection material and making those records available for use to all.

New Article: JCAS

reposted from A&A listserv:

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies announces publication of Volume 3, Article 3, “A Comparative Study of User Experience between Physical Objects and Their Digital Surrogates,” by Anastasia Varnalis-Weigle, Ph.D. candidate at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

While the LAM community has made strides in designing new ways to access digital collections, the question remains: what are users losing in sensory (sight, touch, sound, smell) and emotional experience at the digital level? The author examines this question by enlisting a phenomenological approach consisting of observation and semi-structured interviews with student, faculty, and staff at a large academic institution. Download the article here.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant
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MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science
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New Article: JCAS

reposted from A&A listserv:

The JCAS announces publication of Volume 3, Article 2, “Archiving Governance in Palestine,” by Caitlin M. Davis, University of New Mexico. This paper provides a preliminary investigation of the material-semiotics of archives in Palestine, exploring the peculiar ways in which the form and content of archival documents, architectures, and circulatory networks actually help to engender—not just reflect—some (new) realities of governance.

Download the article here.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Best,
Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant

Lily Cristina Troia
Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach
MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science
612.516.6060
lily.troia@simmons.edu
http://simmonsslis.tumblr.com/