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

 

New Issue: The American Archivist

The American Archivist Volume 80 Issue 2 Fall/Winter 2017
(member, subscription)

FROM THE EDITOR
A Quick Six Years
Gregory S. Hunter

ARTICLES
Surveying Archivists and Their Work toward Advocacy and Management, or “Enterprise Archiving”
Sarah Buchanan, Jane Gruning, Ayse Gursoy and Lecia Barker

Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century
Alex H. Poole

The Archive of Place and Land Art as Archive: A Case Study of Spiral Jetty
Elizabeth England

Exhibits as Scholarship: Strategies for Acceptance, Documentation, and Evaluation in Academic Libraries
Elizabeth A. Novara and Vincent J. Novara

Sweeping out the Capitol: The State Archives and the Politics of Administration in Georgia, 1921–1923
Ciaran B. Trace

#MPLP Part 1: Comparing Domain Expert and Novice Social Tags in a Minimally Processed Digital Archives
Edward Benoit III

Sex in the Archives: The Politics of Processing and Preserving Pornography in the Digital Age
GVGK Tang

ARTICLES
Pedagogies of the Image: Photo-archives, Cultural Histories, and Postfoundational Inquiry
Katrina Windon

Office of the Secretary: Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements, ESP-16-03
David Bearman

Teaching with Primary Sources
Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh

Building Trust in Information: Perspectives on the Frontiers of Provenance
Creighton Barrett

Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions
Kira A. Dietz

Digital Preservation Essentials
Daniel W. Noonan

City of Remembering: A History of Genealogy in New Orleans
Tanya Zanish-Belcher

Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom
Jeremy Brett

Module 8: Becoming a Trusted Digital Repository
Sibyl Schaefer

Privacy and the Past: Research, Law, Archives, Ethics
Elena S. Danielson

New Publishing Opportunity: Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources

The Reference, Outreach, and Access Section (RAO) is pleased to announce the launch of a new SAA epublication series, Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources, a peer-reviewed publication opportunity for sharing successful, innovative, and experimental approaches to teaching and outreach using primary sources: https://www2.archivists.org/publications/epubs/Case-Studies-Teaching-With-Primary-Sources. This SAA epublication arose out of the recently completed work of the SAA/Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Joint Task Force on Primary Source Literacy (JTF-PSL). The RAO leadership collaborated with the JTF-PSL and SAA’s publications editor and director to envision and implement Case Studies on Teaching With Primary Sources.

Each case study will reference one or more of the 22 learning objectives in the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy, which are intended to “articulate broadly the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by researchers to successfully conceptualize, find, understand, analyze, and use primary sources.” Case studies illustrate explicitly the application of one or more of these learning objectives in teaching, articulate how and why specific learning objectives were chosen as the focus of the case, and provide information on actual or potential assessment strategies to determine the efficacy of the interventions detailed in the case.

In addition to the first published case study, authored by RAO member Samantha Crisp, the case studies website provides a link to the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy (currently under review by SAA’s Standards Committee), detailed information on how to submit a case study for publication consideration, and a submission form that will help authors structure case studies successfully. RAO members are encouraged to consider highlighting their instruction and outreach work by authoring case studies.

Alison Stankrauff
RAO Chair