2019 SAA Research Forum Proceedings Now Online

2019 SAA Research Forum

9:00-9:30 AM: Opening and Session 1

Welcome and Overview – Research Forum Program Committee  [Slides]

Dispatches from the Front: Findings from the Virtual Footlocker Project Phase 1 – Edward Benoit, III and Roxanne Guidry [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

9:30-10:00 AM: Session 2: Archives and Education

Developing a Framework to Enable Collaboration in Computational Archival Science Education – Richard Marciano [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Gauging Student Perspectives: Using Survey Data to Understand Student Perceptions of Archives – Suzanne Noruschat and Giao Luong Baker [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

Supporting and Sustaining Digital Curation Education with BitCuratorEdu – Jessica Farrell and Christopher Lee [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

10:00-10:30 AM: Break

10:30-11:00 AM: Session 3: Archives in Practice

“No ideal place for [special collections and archives]:” Administrator and user viewpoints on archives existing in libraries – Ashley Todd-Diaz [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Sorry, this Video Does Not Exist: Curating the Digital Documentary – Heather Barnes [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Conscious editing of archival description at UNC-Chapel Hill – Jackie Dean [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

11:00-11:30 AM: Session 4: Lightning Talks

Using CIRCA for Special Collections: A Scalable Solution – Gwynn Thayer and Eli Brown [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

What’s In the Box? Collection Exploration and Instruction – Nathalie Proulx and Kristen Korfitzen [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

Expedited digital appraisal for regular archivists:  an MPLP type approach for hybrid collections – Susanne Belovari [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Radical Collaboration between Computer Science and Archival Science to Educate Next Generation Archivists – Jane Zhang [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

11:30 AM-Noon: Session 5: Radical Collaboration [Abstract/Bios]

Overview and an Archivist’s Example – Nance McGovern [Slides]

Example: Working with Data and Archives – Heather Soyka [Remarks]

Example: The Evolving Role of University Archivists – Kari Smith [Slides]

Noon-1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-2:00 PM: Session 6: Scaling Practice

Digitization for Everybody (Dig4E): Bridging the Gap between Standards and Practice – Paul Conway [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

By the People, with the people: User-center crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress – Lauren Algee [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Scalability and process: A national survey of inventory practices within archives – Patrice-Andre Prud’homme and JJ Compton [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

2:00-3:00 PM: Poster Session (see list of posters)

3:00-3:30 PM: Break [and extra time for posters]

3:30-4:00 PM: Session 7: Digital Practice

Centralized Born-Digital Processing at Wilson Special Collections Library – Jessica Venlet [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Social Media Data Preservation in an API-driven World – Amelia Acker [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Computer-Assisted Appraisal of Email: RATOM – Christopher Lee [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

4:00-4:30 PM: Session 8: SAA’s CORDA

Framing Research as Evaluation and Assessment: Introducing CORDA – Paul Conway and Jennifer Gunter King [Abstract/Bios] [Slides]

4:30-5:00 PM: Session 9 and Closing 

At a Crossroads: Archival Description, Aggregation, and the Next 20 Years – Jodi Allison-Bunnell [Abstract/Bio] [Slides]

Closing: Looking Ahead – Research Forum Program Committee  [Slides]

Posters (in alphabetical order)

A Collaborative Effort to Plan a Digital Preservation Program at a Small Library – Laura Bell and Fatemeh Rezaei [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

 American Samoa’s Government Archives – James Himphill [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Appraising Professional Networks – Cory Nimer [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Are Academic Archives Championing EDI Initiatives in Digital Collections Metadata Practices? – Jessica Serrao [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Campus Archives in the Shadow of Campus Sexual Assault – Ana Roeschley and Jessica Holden [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Creating Competencies for Audiovisual Archiving Education and Professional Development – Karen Gracy [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Electronic Health Records and Electronic Health Archives: An Archival Examination of the ISO Health Informatics Standards – He Yang and Xuenan Zhang [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Empowering the Archivist: Progress Report on “Applying Intelligent Agents to Digital Preservation Research Programme” – Paul Severn [Abstract/Bio] [Poster forthcoming]

Exhibits of Archives in Japan – Yayoi Tsutsui [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

How do levels of description affect discoverability of the Web Archives at the Library of Congress? – Carlyn Osborn [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Integrated Organization: Processing 500 feet of special collection materials in under 18 months – Donica Martin and Angela Solis [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Signatures as identity tool: implications for name authority work in historical collections and beyond – Ashlea Green [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Turning A Challenge into Education: MA Museum Administration Students Undertake a Real-Life Collections Management Project – Alyse Hennig [Abstract/Bio] [Poster]

Peer-Reviewed Research Papers

Developing a Framework to Enable Collaboration in Computational Archival Science Education – Richard Marciano, Gregory Jansen, and William Underwood [Paper]

Macro-appraisal and Professional Communities – Cory L. Nimer [Paper]

A Research Study of Inventory Practices in Archives in the United States: Scalability and Process – Patrice-Andre Prud’homme and JJ Compton [Paper]


New Case Study: Engaging History of Science Students with Primary Sources

Despite a significant portion of non-English science and technology texts, Leigh Rupinski, archivist in Special Collections and University Archives at Grand Valley State University Libraries, devises an interactive lesson plan to engage history of science students visiting the archives. Read all about it in “Bingo! Engaging History of Science Students with Primary Sources,” which is the thirteenth case in the open access series Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources sponsored by SAA’s Reference, Access, and Outreach Section.

New Issue: American Archivist

Fall/Winter 2019 Issue Online Now,
Print Edition To Be Mailed Later

The Fall/Winter 2019 issue is available open access online. Read about the historical hazards of finding aids, virtual reality experiences in the archives, reassessing audiovisual archives, and more! Note: Due to shelter-in-place orders across the country, our printer/distributor has recommended delaying the mailing of the print edition as the majority of copies are sent to members’ workplaces and institutions. Expect your Fall/Winter 2019 and Spring/Summer 2020 issues to arrive together in early summer. Until then, read all content online at AmericanArchivist.org—and let your colleagues and friends know that the most recent journal content is temporarily fully accessible through June 30!

New Case Study: Teaching Students Research Methods with Primary Source Analysis

New Case Study: Teaching Students Research Methods with Primary Source Analysis

Archivists and history faculty collaborate to teach students about primary source research in “Scaffolding Primary Source Research and Analysis in an Undergraduate History Research Methods Course” by Kara Flynn, research and educational services archivist at the University of Arkansas. It is the twelfth case in the open access series Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources sponsored by SAA’s Reference, Access, and Outreach Section.

Podcast: Season 3, Archives in Context

Listen to Season 3 of Archives in Context!

Season 3 features content from archivists at ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2019. In “Elevator Going Up,” hosts “take to the streets” to ask attendees to respond—on the spot, with no preparation—to questions about what archivists do and what archives are. Three more episodes highlight the storytelling event A Finding Aid to My Soul. Ten storytellers share funny, moving, and inspiring stories from the archives in part 1part 2, and part 3. Listen to the season now via the Archives in Context websiteGoogle PlaySpotify, and iTunes.

Go Green with SAA Publications

Do you find yourself reading American Archivist or Archival Outlook only online? Now you can “go green” and opt out of the print version of these publications. By doing so, you’ll help SAA reduce our costs and climate impact—it’s a win-win!

And it’s easy to make the switch. Simply log in to your SAA profile, click “Edit My Profile” in the left column, scroll down to “Communications and Mailing Preference,” and click “opt out” of the journal and/or magazine. Then keep an eye on In the Loop so you never miss a new issue of American Archivist and Archival Outlook!

You’ll still enjoy the same great content—now a little greener and in the format you prefer.

Stacie Williams Appointed SAA Publications Editor

Stacie M. Williams, director of the Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago, was appointed Publications Editor of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and will begin her three-year term on April 1, 2020. The appointment was made by the SAA Council following a five-month search.

Williams will helm a program that has published 90 books along with dozens of case studies and other electronic content since 2000. The Publications Editor is responsible for setting a vision and providing philosophical direction for the program, directing the work of the twelve-member Publications Board, acquiring and reviewing manuscripts, and maintaining a transparent review process.

Williams has published and lectured widely in the archives, library, and journalism professions. Her work has appeared in SAA’s journal American ArchivistJournal of Critical Library and Information StudiesLitHubNew York Magazine, and The Rumpus. She is the author of Bizarro Worlds (Fiction Advocate, 2018), a bibliomemoir interrogating gentrification and race in Jonathan Lethem’s novel The Fortress of Solitude. Within SAA, Williams has served as newsletter editor for the Archivists and Archives of Color Section, co-chair of the Women Archivists Section, and chair of the 2017–2018 Nominating Committee. She attended the 2015 Archives Leadership Institute and subsequently served on the institute’s faculty in 2017 and 2018.

In addition, Williams has served or currently serves on the advisory boards for the Digital Library Federation, which provides guidance on the design and application of digital library technologies; Rhizome’s National Forum on Ethics and Archiving the Web; the community activist-driven oral history project A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland; and Documenting the Now, which develops tools and practices for the ethical collection and preservation of social media content.

“Publishing is foundational to how we perform our work,” said Williams, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master of science degree in library science with an archives management concentration from Simmons College. “Having access to the perspectives and processes of our peers—historical, contemporary, and futurist—is how we share our work with each other and also how we challenge it.”

Williams will succeed Christopher J. Prom, Associate Dean for Digital Strategies at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, who is completing his second three-year term as SAA Publications Editor.

Call for Applications: Editor, American Archivist

Are you an avid reader of professional literature and an author? Do you have experience as an editor? Do you get excited about nurturing new knowledge and voices in the profession? Are you brimming with ideas for expanding this journal’s readership?

If so, you could be the next editor of American Archivist!

Established in 1938, American Archivist is the leading publication in the archives field. Published semi-annually by the Society of American Archivists, the journal features research articles, case studies, perspectives, and international scene pieces as well as reviews of professional literature, archival technologies, and resources. It strives to publish contributions that advance the core organizational values and strategic goals of SAA.

SAA seeks a dynamic individual with excellent communication skills who will enhance the visibility of American Archivist in the archives and allied professional communities and grow the number of high-quality submissions. The Editor is responsible for the solicitation, selection, peer review, and final approval of articles and features. A successful candidate shall demonstrate an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as reflected in the SAA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion. Critical to advancing the goals enumerated in the SAA Strategic Plan, we seek a candidate who will continue to diversify and strengthen the peer review system, harness the diverse talent and perspectives of the Editorial Board, and focus on making our journal more inclusive and accessible. Thus, we welcome a candidate who will maintain the independence, prominence, and credibility of American Archivist as a critical venue for presenting the diversity of knowledge and ideas relevant to the archival profession, through a rigorous peer review process that values diversity and inclusivity and produces excellent scholarly and professional contributions.

The Editor will use PeerTrack (an author- and reviewer-friendly manuscript submission and peer review system) to work with authors and prospective authors on necessary revisions. In addition, the Editor works closely with the reviews editor, a copyeditor, an indexer, and the SAA staff (who handle journal production and business matters). The Editor also coordinates the activities of the American Archivist Editorial Board, serves ex officio on the SAA Publications Board, and reports to the SAA Council.

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

• Demonstrated leadership skills, to include a strong and clear showing of a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity and a vision that places the journal at the forefront of professional dialog.

• Demonstrated ability to develop and nurture relationships with authors, both emerging and established, to encourage them to explore interesting questions, and to submit ideas and articles to the journal.

• Strong understanding of archival work or the archival profession, ability and willingness to develop ideas in emerging areas of the profession, to support the thoughtful reexamination of past professional insights, and to address issues of particular relevance to historically underrepresented populations.

• Ability to nurture intriguing, but not completely formed, submissions to successful publication.

• Excellent personal communication and writing skills, including the ability to edit scholarly material, to give feedback to authors, and to make timely reports to those in SAA with oversight responsibility for the journal.

• Sufficient financial and time-management skills to ensure that the journal is published regularly, on time, and on budget.

The term of the current Editor, Cal Lee, expires on December 31, 2020. His successor, who will serve a three-year term, will begin work no later than January 1, 2021. The honorarium is commensurate with experience ($20,000–$30,000).

Interviews of finalists will be conducted in May 2020. Submit letter of interest and curriculum vitae/résumé by April 15, 2020, to saahq@archivists.org and in the subject line state “Application for Editor of American Archivist.”

Questions should be directed to SAA Executive Director Nancy Beaumont at nbeaumont@archivists.org or 866-722-7858.

Call for Contributions: Special Section of American Archivist

Hello and good day, everyone,

I am writing to you this morning as both a member of the SAA Design Records Section and as an Editorial Board member of the American Archivist. I would like to invite you all to consider writing an article for an upcoming special design records-related section of the journal.

The section will focus on such topics as design records management, repositories, practices, content, challenges, etc. We will also feature an image from a contributing repository for the issue’s cover.

Submitting a written work to AA is a wonderful way to reach out to your peers, contribute to the professional literature, and highlight your innovative practice and special content.

The AA Editor and Editorial Board have designated volume 84, issue 1 (fall/winter 2021) for this dedicated content; the publication/production calendar is:

July 1, 2020: Submissions due
December 2020: Peer review feedback returned and final decisions made
June 2021: Final drafts due

Many submission questions can be answered at www2.archivists.org/american-archivist/submissions. I am also certainly happy to field any questions and you are welcome to write to me off-line (please see my contact information below).

Thank you for considering this invitation; we look forward to your submissions!


Karen Jamison TRIVETTE, MLS
Assoc. Prof., Head of Special Collections and College Archives
Gladys Marcus Library | Goodman Resource Center | Room E432
Fashion Institute of Technology – SUNY
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992
212 217.4386 office | 212 217.4371 Library fax | 518.526.6307 cell