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.