By Nancy MacKay, Book Review Editor
Did you know that the Oral History Review, the journal of the Oral History Association, publishes 30-40 book reviews in every issue?
And that each book reviewed first must be identified as relevant to oral history; then read, analyzed and written about by volunteer scholars in the OHA community?
And that once the review is submitted to the journal, it undergoes a rigorous review and editing process before emerging in print in the form you see when you sit down with your copy of Oral History Review?
I did not know the extent or the scholarly rigor of this process until I assumed the role as book review editor in January. As a reviewer I had taken all these steps for granted. Now I understand the effort that goes into scanning new publications for potential review books and matching a book to a volunteer reviewer. And each of those reviewers does serious work in reading and analyzing each book for fellow OHA members.
I now know that the quality of the book review section is maintained through wide community participation. I’m calling out to potential reviewers, seasoned reviewers and authors to get involved by suggesting book titles for review and participating as a reviewer. Reviewers can select books of interest to review and their desired level of activity through a form. Anyone can recommend a title for review. To get started, please contact me at email@example.com.
Multimedia & Technology Reviews still needs you! We are seeking reviewers for the following resources:
A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816)
Please see below for reviewer guidelines and full details on the above resources.
Please fill out the reviewer interest form (https://goo.gl/forms/Y2T9HPNinHznHFeK2) by Monday, January 29.
Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies
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Four times a year, History News magazine brings you the latest discussions, developments, and innovations in the field of state and local history. That mission includes reviewing books on theoretical and practical topics that our members and readers are talking about and using in their daily work. AASLH is building our pool of book reviewers for History News, and we want you to get involved.
Apply to be a book reviewer and share your expertise with the field. We will match you with a book according to your interests, and send you a complimentary copy to review.
- Have expertise and experience in the book’s topic or sub-field
- Can discuss how the book will contribute to public history and relate it to similar works
- Commit to writing a 500-word review that summarizes and analyzes the book’s thesis or topic
- Work with our editors to meet deadlines and craft a great review
Here are some of the titles we’ve reviewed recently:
Apply online: http://blogs.aaslh.org/aaslh-call-for-book-reviewers/
Last December, Alexandra Orchard wrote a post about the SAA Reviews Portal. SAA just announced a new Coordinator, Gloria Gonzalez. I was excited to hear about Gloria’s appointment because of her participation in last year’s SNAP issue of Provenance. She was the reviews editor for that issue, and did a great job of thinking outside the book-review box and brought in reviews about three books, a digital platform, software, the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, and the 2015 Midwest Archives Conference.
The SAA Reviews Portal is a great opportunity to share perspectives about non-book resources. Writing reviews is a great way to practice writing, and there are a plethora of opportunities with the Portal to explore technology and other resources pertinent to archivists. Give it a try!
from “In the Loop”
New Coordinator for The American Archivist Reviews Portal
Please welcome Gloria Gonzalez as the new Coordinator of the Reviews Portal! Gloria is the library strategist at Zepheira, helping academic and public libraries, archives, and rare book libraries incorporate principles from linked data into their work. Gloria succeeds Alexandra Orchard, who was recently named editor of Archival Issues. Interested in reviewing digital collections, websites, or other archival technology for The American Archivist Reviews Portal? Contact Gloria at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @InformaticMonad to stay up-to-date on new tools and resources.
from the SAA website:
WANTED: Coordinator of The American Archivist Reviews Portal
Do you have more than a passing familiarity with the latest archives and information management technology? The Society of American Archivists invites applications for the position of Coordinator of The American Archivist Reviews Portal. The portal includes information about professional products and services, and the reviews complement and expand on content published in the reviews section of The American Archivist. This is a volunteer position and works directly under the supervision of the Reviews Editor. For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline: July 1.
I’ve been thinking more about the challenges we all face in keeping up with scholarly literature. This came up on the SNAP Twitter chat and I wrote more about it a couple weeks ago. Eira Tansey has a great calendar she uses (which she graciously allowed me to add here).
We all know it’s overwhelming to know where to start. Do you start with the latest issue of American Archivist? Read that Archival Issues that’s been sitting on your desk for four years? Look at the plethora of online journals? Or find articles about a certain topic of interest?
As I thought about this, it emphasized a gap: there are few reviews of journals or articles, the focus is more on books, exhibits, software, or other tools. The American Archivist reviews portal has a review of the Provenance Advocacy issue, and I did a profile of VIEW. After I wrote that post, I intended to continue to feature journals (besides CFP or new issues/articles). But it’s a lot for one person to do.
So here’s my proposal: I’d like anyone interested to contribute to this blog by reviewing articles and/or journals. You can write as many as you want, as often as you want. You choose what you want to write about and I’ll post it. All along, I’ve wanted this blog to have multiple contributors and I’ve had a few guest posts (for which I’m grateful for). Think about it: it encourages you to read the literature AND gives you an opportunity to write!
I created a sign-up sheet to avoid overlap. Feel free to add anything. Know that it won’t be my intention to moderate what you write (though I’ll gladly offer feedback if you want it). For all the guest posts so far, I haven’t changed a word. I believe it’s important to have multiple voices and perspectives, so I see my role as only posting what you write.
I hope you like this idea and I especially hope to hear from you!