SAA Events on Writing and Publishing

‘Tis that time of year again! SAA is fast approaching and here are the opportunities to participate in their events related to writing and publishing.

Every year, I go to the Write Away Forum, toast to authors, and spend time in the bookstore. I like to hang out with others interested in writing and publishing. I cannot emphasize enough how participating in these can lead to opportunities. It is because of conversations I had at the Write Away Forum back in 2011 that began my involvement in SAA publishing.

So don’t be shy – if you have an idea for a book or article, want to get involved, or just wanting to find out more about the processes, go to these events and ask questions. All the SAA staff and editors are wonderful people to talk to. And if you see me – come say hi, I’d love to chat!

“What Does That Mean? Building SAA’s New Dictionary” Forum (Thursday, 7:30 am) – Shared language helps to define a community. Get the latest word on the forthcoming Dictionary of Archives Terminology and tweet new terms at #SAAwords.

“Write Away!” Forum (Friday, 7:30 am) – Write for SAA! Learn how to contribute content to American Archivist, Reviews Portal, Archival Outlook, case studies, blogs, and books, and ask questions of editors and staff.

Brown Bag Lunch Discussions (Friday, 12:30 pm) – Two options: Be among the first to read and chat about the forthcoming American Archivist article, “‘Be Damned Pushy at Times’: The Committee on the Status for Women and Feminism in the Archival Profession, 1972–1998” OR dive into the One Book, One Profession selection Perspectives on Women’s Archives. RSVP Abigail Christian at achristian@archivists.org.

Toast to SAA Authors (Thursday, 2:45-3:15) – Hoist a glass of lemonade to those who have written for SAA publications—journal, magazine, books, modules, case studies, literature and resource reviews—in the past year.

And of course don’t forget to stop at the bookstore!

Call for Reviewers: Teaching With Primary Sources (TWPS) Case Study

(reposted from RAO listserv)

SAA colleagues,

I’m posting this to the RAO section, since this is an area of interest for section members, but also to the SAA Leaders list. Those of you who are leaders of other sections, if you feel that your membership might be interested in volunteering to review case study submissions on the topic of teaching with primary sources, please forward this to your section’s discussion list.

With the recent approval by Council of the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy as an SAA standard (watch for publicity soon in your favorite SAA information outlets), and several additional case studies in various stages of the submission and review pipeline, I am seeking additional volunteers who would be willing to review case study submissions and provide feedback to me, as editor of this epubs series, and the author(s). This isn’t a massive time commitment, and the review process is explained in more detail here (see the section labelled “Review Process”): www2.archivists.org/publications/epubs/…

If you’re interested in volunteering to be a reviewer for this SAA case studies epubs series, or if you have questions about reviewing, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at bill.landis@yale.edu. I’ll also be at the annual meeting in D.C. in August if anyone would like to chat about either reviewing or ideas for submitting a case study, I’d be happy to.

Cheers!

Bill

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Bill Landis
Head of Public Services, Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library
New Haven CT
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SAA One Book, One Profession

With the rise of events such as the Women’s Marches and the #MeToo movement, women’s voices are being heard loud and clear—and are being documented. As archivists collect protest posters and create new digital archives, now is an opportune time to reflect on the history of women’s archives and the struggle to achieve equal representation within the historical record.

Seizing the moment, the SAA Publications Board has selected Perspectives on Women’s Archives, edited by Tanya Zanish-Belcher and Anke Voss, for its One Book, One Profession reading initiative. The book features eighteen essays written by noted archivists and historians that illustrate the origins of a women-centered history, the urgent need to locate records that highlight the diverse experiences of women, and the effort to document women’s experiences. Deftly examining American culture and society over the past few centuries, the essays also expose the need for renewed collaboration between archivists and historians, the challenges related to the accessibility of women’s collections, and the development of community archives.

As one book reviewer noted: “Perspectives on Women’s Archives provides a useful summary of the development of the field of women’s history since the emergence of the discipline in the 1970s and of the growth of women’s archives from the earliest days of the republic. . . . It also offers stimulating prescriptions for the future direction of archives and raises urgent questions about the quality and equality of access in our overwhelmingly digital environment” (Christine Froechtenigt Harper, City of St. Louis, Archival Issues 36.1).

The One Book, One Profession edition includes a study guide (for the first edition, the discussion questions are also available here). This book is an excellent resource for thinking about the value of women’s and genderqueer archives and how to fill the gaps in our recordkeeping to move toward a more diverse and inclusive future.

Let’s read Perspectives on Women’s Archives—together!

Study Guide Questions: Host a book discussion within your institution, among archivists in your community, or at a regional meeting! Download study guide questions to further your conversation.

Related Reading & Resources: Browse a list of related articles from American Archivist and Archival Outlook.

Selected Events:

ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2018 in Washington, DC

Tips for Leading a Lively Discussion

Twitter Discussions

  • Follow #OBOP18 on twitter for more updates and to join the conversation profession-wide

One Book, One Profession 2017 selection: Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion

One Book, One Profession 2016 selection: Teaching with Primary Sources

Call for Platform and Poster Presentations: 2018 SAA Research Forum

SAA invites submission of abstracts (of 250 words or fewer) for either 10-minute platform presentations or poster presentations. Topics may address research on, or innovations in, any aspect of archives practice or records management in government, corporate, academic, scientific, or other setting. Presentations on research results that may have emerged since the 2018 Joint Annual Meeting Call for Proposals deadline are welcome, as are reports on research completed within the past three years that you think is relevant and valuable for discussion. Please indicate whether you intend a platform or poster presentation.

Abstracts will be evaluated by a review committee co-chaired by Nance McGovern (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Heather Soyka (Kent State University).

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2018. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision by July 2 (in advance of the Early-Bird registration deadline).

Submit your 250-word abstract no later than May 15 via email to researchforum@archivists.org.

Please be sure to include:  Presentation title, your name, affiliation, email address, and whether your proposal is for a platform or poster presentation.

Call for Contributions: Select History of the World’s Archives, 1588-1898

In 2015 the Archival History Section of the Society of American Archivists compiled a Bibliography of Archival History. The recently revised document is currently available on our microsite: goo.gl/nlM1lT

We are now compiling a bibliography of a Select History of the World’s Archives, 1588-1898.  This new bibliography is international in scope and includes sources about or published by archives before 1899.  The bibliography includes works in English and foreign languages.  The AHS Steering Committee is seeking assistance from the SAA membership to fulfill this project.

If you are interested in contributing citations to this project, please view our current bibliography here: goo.gl/VsrBZK

Guidelines for formatting citations can be found on the Archival History Section microsite: goo.gl/CJZT0F

You can make comments directly on the Google document or email me with your citations or questions at cbtrace@austin.utexas.edu.

Thank you for your help in our ongoing project!

Best,

Ciaran B. Trace

Archival History Section

Visual Materials Bibliography

The SAA Visual Materials Section recently updated their Bibliography. This is a great resource and will be helpful for anyone interested in the topic. Great job to all who contributed!

Here’s the outline:
1. Photography–History and General Works
1.A Reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries)
1.B Discursive Texts
1.C Aesthetics, Criticism, and Interpretation
1.D Photographers (Biographies, Directories)
2. Visual Processes, Formats, and Technical Manuals
2.A Photography
2.B Moving Image Materials
2.B.1 Motion Picture Film
2.B.2 Videotape
2.B.3 Digital Moving Image Formats
2.C. Selected Print Technologies (Lithography, Chromolithography)
2.D. Visual Ephemera
2.E. Architectural Records
3. Visual Materials Published Repository Guides and Catalogs
3.A. National Guides/Union Catalogs
3.B Regional Resources
3.C United States- State by State
4. Archives/Collections Management of Visual Materials
4.A General works
4.B. Preservation
4.C. Conservation
4.D. Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
4.E. Cataloging standards and tools
4.E.1 Organization / Metadata (e.g. EADMARC, Dublin Core, ADAG)
4.E.2 Description & Content (e.g. AAT, LCSH, TGM, APPM DACS)
4.F. Processing, Arrangement and Description of Visual Materials
5. Reformatting of Visual Materials
5.A Digitization
5.B Microfilming
5.C Optical Disk
6. Essential Visual Materials Serials
6.A Photography
6.B Motion Picture Film

New Recent Scholarship: Other Publications

Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2018

The Copyright Permissions Culture in Software Preservation and Its Implications for the Cultural Record
Association of Research Libraries

Archiving Content from Mobile Devices: Challenges and Strategies,” SAA Case Study
Laura Alagna

Inserting librarians into the Canadian oral history conversation
Holly Hendrigan

Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries” OCLC Research Report
Chela Scott Weber

The Many Faces of Digital Visitors and Residents: Facets of Online Engagement” OCLC Research Report
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Vanessa Kitzie, Erin M. Hood, and William Harvey