Current Issue: Volume 11, Issue 1 (2020)
Balancing the Art and Science of Archival Processing Metrics and Assessment
Cyndi Shein, Sarah R. Jones, Tammi Kim, and Karla Irwin
Corporate Archives in Silicon Valley: Building and Surviving Amid Constant Change
Paula Jabloner and Anna Mancini
Finding AV Needles in Manuscript Haystacks: Conducting an Audiovisual Assessment/Audit in Manuscript Archives
Review of Reappraisal and Deaccessioning in Archives and Special Collections
Review of Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts
Cory L. Nimer
The recipient of the Journal of Western Archives award for Best General Interest Article is ‘”The Right to Know’: Decolonizing Native American Archives,” which focuses on the movement to restore control of tribal history to Indigenous peoples, by Jennifer O’Neal from the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. In addition, the committee awarded an honorable mention to “Jumping In: Creating an Assessment Program for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Reading Room,“ coauthored by Cindy Brightenburg and SAA Publications Board member Gordon Daines, both from Brigham Young University. “Jumping In” pioneers the application of the new SAA/RBMS guidelines for public service metrics, provides original user services data, and offers a model that can be adapted for use at other institutions. Congrats to all!
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 email@example.com 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
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.
- The Editor oversees the mission and scope of the journal in consultation with the journal director and the editorial board.
- The Editor ensures that the papers published are consistent with the editorial mission.
- 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.
- The Editor works with the technical editor/layout specialist to ensure that content is visually appealing and readable.
- The Editor is responsible for overseeing the peer review process.
- The Editor selects editorial board members to shepherd potential articles and case studies through the peer review process.
- The Editor and assigned editorial board members will use the BePress platform to conduct the editorial review process.
- 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.
- The Editor will ensure that the peer review process is completed in a timely way and that authors receive constructive feedback about papers submitted.
- The Editor is responsible for overseeing the copyediting process
- The Editor will work with the journal’s contract copyeditor to ensure that articles and case studies are copyedited in a timely fashion.
- The Editor has final authority on all copyediting decisions.
- The Editor will seek opportunities to promote the journal.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 Journal of Western Archives is currently accepting proposals for a special issue on diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency (see call below). Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for the special issue is April 1st. We hope you will consider writing about your experiences and sharing them in this special issue. Submit your proposals Gordon Daines (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Helen Wong Smith (Smith@hawaii.edu). We will also entertain any questions you might have.
Diversity means different things to different people. It can be thought of as a fact or noun-something that you are or have. It can potentially encompass differences along lines of race, gender, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to the activities that individuals and institutions engage in that allow all kinds of individuals to feel comfortable and accepted with equal opportunity to access services. Inclusion can be thought of as an activity or verb-it is something that you do. Archivists have been interested in the concept of diversity for at least forty years-mainly in terms of collections and the profession as a whole. We have attempted to document diversity in our communities and to achieve diversity in the profession. Progress has been extremely slow. Dennis Meissner recently challenged archivists to move away from a diversity mindset and to an inclusive mindset. To meet this challenge, the Journal of Western Archives is currently seeking submissions for an upcoming special issue focused on the shift from diversity to inclusion.
Potential topics include but are not limited to:
- The history of diversity in the archives profession
- The implications of shifting from a diversity mindset to an inclusive mindset
- Developing cultural competency
- Calls to action or imagined futures for making the archival community more inclusive
- Documenting diversity in institutions
- Achieving diversity in the archival profession profession
- Creating inclusive professional associations
- Fostering inclusive collection development practices
- Collaboration between institutional and community archives
Acceptable formats for submission include research articles or case studies. Potential contributors are also encouraged to consult the more general submission guidelines of the journal.
Submissions will be due April 1, 2018
Please contact the editors of this special issue: Helen Wong Smith (Smith@hawaii.edu) or J. Gordon Daines III (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Journal of Western Archives Volume 9, Issue 1 (2018)
“Reflections on Digitization, Outreach, and the Value of Ephemera in Special Collections: A Case Study”
Gregory K. Seppi
Case Studies in Campus and Community Outreach: The Life and Legacy of the USS Arizona Exhibit and the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Trent S. Purdy
Review of Moving Image and Sound Collections for Archivists
Jeffrey Paul Thompson
Review of A History of Archival Practice
Randall C. Jimerson
The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the availability of a new special issue on web archiving (http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/). This special issue was guest edited by Nicholas Taylor of Stanford University and features the following content:
Introduction to the Special Issue on Web Archiving
Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs
Jackie M. Dooley, Karen Stoll Farrell, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet
Case Study: Washington and Lee’s First Year Using Archive-It
Alston B. Cobourn
Using RSS to Improve Web Harvest Results for News Web Sites
Gina M. Jones and Michael Neubert
Collaboration Made It Happen! The Kansas Archive-It Consortium
Cliff Hight, Ashley Todd-Diaz, Rebecca Schulte, and Michael Church
We hope you might the content useful.