Call for Proposals: Archives and Primary Source Handbook Deadline Extended to February 14th

Please see the call for proposals below and the deadline to submit has been extended to February 14th!

Working Title: Archives and Primary Source Handbook, open-access textbook published via New Prairie Press, a unit of Kansas State University Libraries, on the Pressbooks platform

Edited by: Veronica Denison, Digital Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Rhode Island College, Sara K. Kearns, Professor and Academic Services Librarian, Kansas State University, Ryan Leimkuehler, University Archivist, Kansas State University, and Irina Rogova, Digital Resources Archivist, Kansas State University

Please send questions to the editors: Sara K. Kearns; Irina Rogova; Veronica Denison; Ryan Leimkuehler

Link to Form:

Librarians, archivists, and educators are invited to submit chapter proposals for a peer-reviewed open-access textbook for university level students and continuing learners handling archival and primary source materials. The textbook will be divided in two sections. The first explores the myriad of primary and archival sources that students and researchers may encounter in archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Encyclopedia style outlines or lesson plans dealing with a variety of formats are encouraged. The second section will be a collection of pedagogical content for educators to implement in classes or outreach experiences, focusing on specific skills and tools and/or teaching in different learning environments. Submissions that explore working with materials related to marginalized groups or content that addresses accessibility accommodations are especially sought. Volunteer reviewers are also sought, and those submitting chapters will be encouraged to review as well. 

View the full call for submissions here.

We invite chapters for the following sections and categories (please do not feel limited by suggested topics):

Section 1: Reading, handling, and contextualizing primary source materials.

We seek two types of chapters in this section:

  1. General reference overview that outlines key concepts that would help a learner engage with the format. Consider this the – “my students are working with newspapers today, what foundational information should they know about newspapers before we start handling and reading them?” section. Anticipated length: 500-3000 words.
  2. Lesson plans focused on a specific source, or sources. Our goal is to either embed digital representation of sources discussed in the textbook or link out to them.  The source should be publicly accessible. These lessons should include an introduction that contextualizes the source and includes citations. Anticipated length: 1000-3000 words.

Types of formats we would like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  • Documents
  • Languages
  • Photographs
  • Film/video
  • Music
  • Oral histories
  • Material culture
  • Textiles

Section 2: How to Teach

These chapters are written for the educator and intended to help identify pedagogical and practical approaches to teaching with primary sources. Anticipated length: 750-2000 words.

Types of content include, but is not limited to:

Virtual Instruction

  • Teaching instruction sessions online
  • Plugins or software
  • Tools and equipment
  • Asynchronous

In Person

  • Hands-on
  • Group projects
  • Small classes
  • Large classes
  • It’s a tour, but interactive!
  • You have 30 minutes notice


  • Teaching with digital objects
  • Teaching people how to digitize
  • Teaching how to preserve born digital sources

 Proposal Instructions

Please submit a chapter proposal (250-500 words) for consideration by February 1, 2023. Anticipated chapter submission deadline of May 31, 2023

Schedule for Publication

  • Proposals close by February 14, 2023
  • Chapter outlines sent to editors for review by mid February
  • Chapter draft due May 31, 2023
  • Editor reviews completed by end of August, 2023 and contributors informed of any outstanding issues
  • Final draft published January 2024


ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives, Vol. 41 (2022)

Golden bulb covered with a dark cloth: memories of undocumented athletes in South Africa
Joseph Matshotshwane; Mpho Ngoepe

Website as a gateway for the provision of public archives and records management guidance
a Botswana – South Africa comparison
Olefhile Mosweu

Digitisation of audio-visual archives at the National Archives of Zimbabwe
Amos Bishi

Covid-19, a catalyst or disruptor? comprehending access to records and archives under the new normal
Simbarashe Manyika, Peterson Dewah

E-records guidance tools in records sharing at Tanzania Public Service College
Chiku M Chang’a, Kardo J Mwilongo

Management of electronic records in the South African public sector
Mpubane Emanuel Matlala, Asania Reneilwe Maphoto

Factors influencing access to archives at Botswana National Archives and Records Services
Manyeke Manek, Tshepho Mosweu

Records management in an ISO certified environment: a case study of Botho University in Botswana
Koketsego Sini Pitsonyane, Nathan Mnjama

Customer satisfaction in records management at Botswana Examinations Council
Gladness Richard, Priti Jain

Archiving the voices of the once voiceless: strategies for digital preservation of oral history at the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Archives
Mbongeni Tembe (Malokotha), Zawedde Nsibirwa

Infrastructure for the implementation of artificial intelligence to support records management at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa
Mashilo Modiba, Patrick Ngulube, Ngoako Marutha

Digital records management practices in the public sector in Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe
Oscar Sigauke

Embedding digital preservation strategies in the management of institutional repositories in South Africa
Lungile Luthuli

Records management system at the eNews Channel Africa
Nduduzo Simphiwe Sithole, Isabel Schellnack-Kelly

New Issue: RBM

RBM Vol 21, No 2 (2020)

Editor’s Note
Richard Saunders

Research Articles

The Past, Present, and Future of Special Collections Library Literature
Melanie Griffin

No Mere Culinary Curiosities: Using Historical Cookbooks in the Library Classroom
Kathryn G. Matheny

Picking Up the Pieces: Library Processes and the Theft of Rare Materials
Greg Seppi, Dainan Skeem

Book Reviews

Bernard Meehan. The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin, fully revised and updated edition.
Diana La Femina

Kathy Peiss. Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers, and Spies Banded Together in World War II Europe.
Joshua C. Youngblood

Michael Vinson. Bluffing Texas Style: The Arsons, Forgeries, and High-Stakes Poker Capers of Rare Book Dealer Johnny Jenkins.
Brian Shetler

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

CFP: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Theological Libraries and Librarianship – Theological Librarianship (TL) Journal

This call does not specifically mention archives, but is an opportunity for anyone interested in the topic as it relates to theology.


CFP: Theological Librarianship’s Diversity Forum

In light of recent events in the country and in recognition of long-standing inequities in the library profession, Theological Librarianship (TL) is planning to devote the Spring 2021 issue to a forum addressing questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in theological libraries and librarianship. Such questions take different forms in different libraries and even in different theological contexts, and we expect the forum to reflect some of these differences as well as some common themes across the landscape of theological librarianship. The TL forum will be an opportunity to share your experiences with these questions at your institution in a brief (750-1500 word) statement or reflection.

Since diversity, equity, and inclusion (themselves often fraught terms) evoke a variety of concerns and realties touching race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, religious and ethnic identity, etc., TL is looking for submissions that address this variety in critical and constructive ways, with a special focus on the intersectional nature of differing religious commitments and theological perspectives as they engage with other forms of diversity.

Theological Librarianship ( is an open access journal publishing peer reviewed articles, as well as essays and reviews, on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

The deadline for submissions to the Spring 2021 forum is January 3, 2021. Submissions must be made at Please review the submission guidelines carefully. You will need to login to create your submission. If you have not previously created an account, you will need to register first before a submission can be completed. In the submission form, select “Special Forum” under the Section drop-down.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our editorial team at

Thank you,

Garrett Trott
University Librarian
5000 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, Ore.
Web Site:

New Issue: Archival Science

Archival Science Volume 20, issue 4, December 2020

Original Paper
Open Access
Towards a human-centred participatory approach to child social care recordkeeping
Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle, Elizabeth Lomas, Andrew Flinn, Anna Sexton

Original Paper
Open Access
Creating value of the past through negotiations in the present: balancing professional authority with influence of participants
Ina-Maria Jansson

Original Paper
Usability evaluation of an open-source environmental monitoring data dashboard for archivists
Monica G. Maceli, Kerry Yu

Original Paper
Two archives of the Russian revolution
Vera Kaplan

Original Paper
Margins of documents, center of power: a case study on the Consejo de Indias’ annotated paperwork and the construction of legality in an imperial archive
Caroline Cunill

New Issue: Built Heritage

Special Issue: Applying a Landscape Perspective to Digital Cultural Heritage

Introduction: Applying a landscape perspective to digital cultural heritage
Guest Editor: Chen Yang and Kelly Greenop

Research Articles
Harnessing digital workflows for the understanding, promotion and participation in the conservation of heritage sites by meeting both ethical and technical challenges
Mario Santana Quintero, Reem Awad and Luigi Barazzetti

Digital cultural heritage and rural landscapes: preserving the histories of landscape conservation in the United States
Sarah Karle and Richard Carman

A digital information system for cultural landscapes: the case of Slender West Lake scenic area in Yangzhou, China
Chen Yang and Feng Han

Towards more-than-human heritage: arboreal habitats as a challenge for heritage preservation
Stanislav Roudavski and Julian Rutten

Book, conference and exhibition review
‘digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS, a landscape perspective’ International Conference Report
Chris Landorf

New Issue: Archivar (German)

Archivar, 2020-3
(open access)


Kommunikation – Daten im Dialog und Dissens 
Jochen Rath: Daten im Dialog und Dissens

Bastian Gillner/Christoph Schmidt: Arbeitskultur und Kommunikation. Ein Kommentar zu den aktuellen Herausforderungen archivischer Vorfeldarbeit

Hans-Jürgen Höötmann/Katharina Tiemann: Bielefelder Perspektiven zur Überlieferung im Verbund

Wolfgang Günther/Arnold Otto: „Die anstrengendste und zugleich schönste Aufgabe eines
Kirchenarchivs: Die Archivpflege“

Anikó Szabó: Dauerhafte Kenntnis der Gesamtheit – Sicherung von Studierendendaten in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Wilhelm Grabe: „Sortir de la guerre – Nach dem Krieg. Le Mans-Paderborn 1919-1930“. Ein deutsch-französisches Ausstellungsprojekt

Christoph Laue: „Hier hat er keine politische, sondern rein ärztliche Tätigkeit ausgeübt“. Versuch der Aberkennung des Bundesverdienstkreuzes des Herforder Amtsarztes Heinrich Siebert

Hansjörg Riechert: Entschädigungsakten: Der Bestand und seine Nutzung im Kreisarchiv Lippe

Annette Hennigs: Fundstücke in Entschädigungsakten: Dokumente zum Alltagsleben der 1920erbis 1950er-Jahre

Kerstin Stockhecke/Bärbel Thau: Patientenakten – Perspektiven aus der Praxis

Jochen Rath: Abmahnungen und Verweise in und aus Personalakten. Analoge Konsequenzen und digitale Perspektiven

Archivtheorie und praxis
Geschichtsforschung und Archive im digitalen Zeitalter. Chancen, Risiken und Nebenwirkungen (M. König) • Auf zu neuen Ufern. AFIS-Migration von AUGIAS zur Verbundlösung Arcinsys im Staatsarchiv Bremen (B. Nimz/V. Pordzik) • Signifikante Eigenschaften für eine „unknown community“ (M. Puchta) • Empfehlungen für die Abgabe von statistischen Mikrodaten vom Statistischen Verbund an die Landesarchive (K. Naumann) • Der Stellenmarkt für Archivarinnen und Archivare (2006-2018) (K. Uhde) • Erfahrungsaustausch zur Notfallprävention und -bewältigung im Nationalarchiv der Tschechischen Republik (R. Jedlitschka) • Eine bürgerliche
Familie im Adelsarchiv? Das Familienarchiv Westphal als Teil des „Oberrheinischen Adelsarchiv“ im Staatsarchiv Freiburg (S. Brenneisen)

Mitteilungen und Beiträge des Landesarchivs NRW
Klopfzeichen aus dem „Hausarrest“ – können Archive aus der Coronakrise lernen? Die Pandemie und das Arbeiten aus der Distanz (M. Schlemmer) • Musik liegt … im Archiv (A. Gebauer-Berlinghof)

Mitteilungen und Beiträge des VdA
Aktuelles: 75 Jahre VdA und Deutscher Archivtag 2021 in Kassel • Berichte aus dem Verband: Landesverband Berlin • Landesverband Hessen


New Issue: Feminist Review

Feminist Review, Vol. 125 no 1 (July 2020)
Some content is open access.

Photos on the Mantelpiece
Leo Hermitt

Archival Experiments, Notes and (Dis)orientations
Nydia A. Swaby, Chandra Frank

Experimentations With the Archive: A Roundtable Conversation
La Vaughn Belle, Zayaan Khan, Holly A. Smith, Julietta Singh

Speculative Fabulations: Enter the Archive, or ‘Beneath Yaba’s Garden’
Ama Josephine B. Johnstone

Being Close to, With or Amongst
Onyeka Igwe

‘Listening’ With Gothenburg’s Iron Well: Engaging the Imperial Archive Through Black Feminist Methodologies and Arts-Based Research
Lena Sawyer, Nana Osei-Kofi

Out of Sorts: A Queer Crip in the Archive
Ryan Lee Cartwright

Black Tree Play: Learning From Anti-Lynching Ecologies in The ‘Life and Times’ of an American Called Pauli Murray
Virginia Thomas

Archiving the African Feminist Festival Through Oral Communication and Social Media
Ifeanyi Awachie

June Givanni’s Pan-African Cinema Archive: A Diasporic Feminist Dwelling Space
Aditi Jaganathan, Sarita Malik, June Givanni

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
Eddie Bruce-Jones

Call for proposals for Innovation Column for 2021: Journal of New Librarianship

You are invited to submit a proposal for the Journal of New Librarianship’s On Innovation in Libraries column.

Innovations in a Time of Crisis and Complexity

Rogers (2003) defined innovation as an “idea, practice, or object that is perceived as new by an individual or other unit of adoption” (p. 12). Innovations may take place as social problems gain a position of high priority in response to heightened recognition of problems or needs (Rogers, 2003). As the Journal of New Librarianship completes its transition to OJS at CU Boulder, we are issuing a call for proposals for the column, On Innovation in Libraries. The theme for this cycle of column publications will explore the topic of library innovations in a time of crisis and complexity during which we have seen exacerbation of existing inequalities (Campbell, 2020). We invite you to share what this has looked like in your Library’s praxis.

Completed columns will be 1,500 – 3,000 words. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals of 200-500 words on or before Monday, September 21, 2020. Authors will be notified by Wednesday, October 21, 2020 regarding the status of their proposals and to discuss a timeline for column submission, editorial review, and publication in early 2021 on our new OJS platform.

Please submit column proposals via this web form. [|01||c99d10c8c5b84140f33508d8359044df|2a69c91de8494e34a230cdf8b27e1964|0|0|637318241029274081&sdata=HWtradEN2PxmdHO4WQBz5vnTaGF%2Fcl4mZQnZY3uplhM%3D&reserved=0) ]

Campbell, L. (July 8, 2020). Sustaining an ethic of care. Open World.