Podcasts: Season 2 of Archives in Context

Season 2 of Archives in Context Now Available

Cosponsored by SAA’s Publications Board, American Archivist Editorial Board, and Committee on Public Awareness, the podcast highlights archival literature and technologies and, most importantly, the people behind them. Listen to the new season via the Archives in Context websiteiTunesGoogle Play, and Spotify. Season 2 features interviews with:

  • Peter Wosh, editor of the Archival Fundamentals Series III
  • Laura Millar, author of A Matter of Facts: The Value of Evidence in an Information Age
  • Christine Weideman and Mary Caldera, editors of Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene
  • Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters, co-host of The Keepers podcast
  • Teresa Brinati, director of publishing for SAA
  • Kathleen D. Roe, author of Advocacy and Awareness for Archivists
  • Margot Note, author of Creating Family Archives: A Step-by-Step Guide to Saving Your Memories for Future Generations

 

Awards for Publication Excellence

Congrats to Laurainne Ojo-Ohikuare, athletics archivist at the University of Maryland, College Park, who is a recipient of the 2019 Grand Award from APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) for her gripping article, “Dropped onto the Processing Table: A CIA Cover-Up.” Given annually by Communications Concepts Inc, the award is APEX’s highest recognition of publication excellence. The article, published in Archival Outlook (November/December 2018), describes Ojo-Ohikuare’s decision to go against the dictum of “More Product, Less Process”—and the resulting discovery involving a cover-up by a federal government agency.

SAA’s Archival History Section: Archival History Article Award

The AHS Award Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Patricia Kennedy Grimsted‘s chapter “Pan-European Displaced Archives in the Russian Federation: Still Prisoners of War on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day” from the 2017 book Displaced Archives edited by James Lowry for the inaugural Archival History Article Award.

AHS created this prize to encourage and reward articles or other short pieces of superior excellence in the field of archival history. The committee was impressed by the depth of knowledge and research the author brought to the topic of displaced European records in Russia. Grimsted’s historical contextualization of the ongoing efforts of repatriation underscores the importance of the history of archives to our contemporary work. Click here for a copy of this excellent work. 

Call for Applications: Publications Editor

Become Part of SAA’s Dynamic Publishing Tradition!

The Society of American Archivists seeks an energetic individual to serve as Publications Editor and to continue the momentum of our dynamic publishing tradition.  SAA’s robust book publishing program has brought a rich variety of content to readers since the 1970s. The 150+ titles published by SAA since 2000 include original research, advanced texts, fundamentals, manuals, readers, and classics. Twenty modules have been published in the modular series Trends in Archives Practice. The first three volumes in the new Archival Fundamentals Series III and the first volume in a new series co-published with ALA, Archival Futures, were launched this summer. There are now seven open-access case studies series. And there are seventeen more projects in the pipeline.

The new Publications Editor will serve a three-year term beginning no later than April 1, 2020.

The Publications Editor is responsible for:

  • Setting a vision for the program and providing philosophical and strategic direction;
  • Directing the work of the Publications Board;
  • Acquiring manuscripts, writing, editing, and collaborating with authors;
  • Maintaining a clear and transparent review process;
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with other professional associations; and
  • With Council approval, seeking external financial support for specific projects.

The Publications Editor reports directly to the SAA Council and works closely with the Director of Publishing, who is responsible for production and business matters. The honorarium is commensurate with experience ($20,000–$30,000).

Qualifications:

  • SAA member with substantial archival experience;
  • Published author, skilled writer, and experienced editor;
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills;
  • Ability to nurture authors and board members;
  • Sufficient financial skill to ensure that the program remains within the budget established for it; and
  • Knowledge of current trends in the publishing industry.

Application

Please send a letter of interest and your curriculum vitae by November 1, 2019, to PubsEditorSearch@archivists.org.

New SAA Professional Writers Virtual Group

Greetings fellow archivists,

We are proud to announce a whole new way for Archivists to meet ad a whole new group to turn to for support…

Welcome to the Professional Writers Virtual Group!

This is an online-only group dedicated to the act of professional writing. It is a group that is under the auspices of the Society of American Archivists – and open to SAA members as well as non-SAA affiliated people.

Our goal to create a space where people can come together to support each other through the professional writing process. In the coming weeks we will be uploading basic resources to the document library, highlighting lesser-known opportunities to publish, and activities to help you go from idea to published piece.

To join to the virtual group just go to your Connect homepage and scroll down the Professional Writers Virtual Group and click join. Once you’ve joined you can send a message to the list at this address: ARCHIVISTS-professionalwritingvirtualgroup@ConnectedCommunity.org

The Connect page also has a Shared Files folder that includes the group’s mission statement, some resources, and a list of places to publish.

The most important part of this group will be the listserv. This is our mechanism to communicate – and we envision the conversations to be frequent and fruitful. Like all SAA lists, the PWVG is a safe space where you can ask any questions you have about professional writing and get the help you need.

The group is open to people who have published, who haven’t published but are interested, people who have ideas but need writing partners, those on the tenure track who need a mentor, or anyone who is interested in Professional Writing.

Stay tuned for more information, and happy writing!

Michelle, Rebecca, Alison, and Josh

Michelle Ganz
Archives Director
McDonough Innovation
michelle.ganz42@gmail.com

Alison Stankrauff
University Archivist
Wayne State University
alison.stankrauff@wayne.edu

Rebecca Hankins
Associate Professor
Africana and Women’s & Gender Studies Archivist/Librarian/Curator
Texas A&M University
rhankins@tamu.edu

Joshua Kitchens
Director, Master of Archival Studies Program
Clayton State University
JoshuaKitchens@clayton.edu

Call for Reviewers

Are you interested in writing a review for the American Archivist Reviews Portal? Reviewers assess digital collections, exhibits, tools, platforms, services, and other resources that archivists use. New professionals and students welcome! View guidelines for writing reviews and contact the Reviews Portal Coordinator, Gloria Gonzalez (gloria@zepheira.com), with any questions.​

SAA Issues & Advocacy Section: A Reading List for Practicing Allyship in Archives

Thanks to SAA’s Issues & Advocacy Section for putting this together. I hope to see more reading lists like this and if you have one about any aspect of archives, I’ll gladly post it.

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See the full blog post.

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists On The Issues: Answering The Call For Inclusivity, Summer Espinoza https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2018/07/18/archivists-on-the-issues-answering-the-call-for-inclusivity/

Issues and Advocacy: Archivists on the Issues: Reflections on Privilege in the Archives, Summer Espinoza https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/archivists-on-the-issues-reflections-on-privilege-in-the-archives/

Issues and Advocacy: #ARCHIVESSOWHITE In The Words Of Jarrett Drake  https://issuesandadvocacy.wordpress.com/2016/04/19/archivessowhite-in-the-words-of-jarrett-drake/

Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ Over the Color Line: The Invisibility of Race in Library and Information Studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2). Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4nj0w1mp

Joan M. Schwartz and Terry Cook, “Archives, records, and power: The making of modern memory” Archival Science (2002) 2: 1, https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02435628.

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies vol. 5, (2018) https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol5/iss1/6/

Nicole A. Cook Information Services to Diverse Populations: Developing Culturally Competent Library Professionals (California: ABC-CLIO, 2017)

Mario H. Ramirez (2015) Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative. The American Archivist: Fall/Winter 2015, Vol. 78, No. 2, pp. 339-356. https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081.78.2.339

Expanding #ArchivesForBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories, Jarrett Drake, June 27, 2016. https://medium.com/on-archivy/expanding-archivesforblacklives-to-traditional-archival-repositories-b88641e2daf6

Caswell, Michelle (2017).  Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives.Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 87(3) 223-235. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu.libproxy.csudh.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/692299

Caswell, Michelle & Brilmyer, Gracen (2016).  Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy in Archives: An Incomplete List of White Privileges in Archives and Action Items for Dismantling Them.  http://www.gracenbrilmyer.com/dismantling_whiteSupremacy_archives3.pdf  

Taylor, Chris (2017). Getting Our House in Order: Moving from Diversity to Inclusion. The American Archivist, 80(1), 19-29. https://doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081.80.1.19