Recent Issue: Archives and Records

Volume 38, Issue 1, 2017

Editorial: archives and public history
Victoria Hoyle

‘To Be Able to Imagine Otherwise’: community archives and the importance of representation
Michelle Caswell, Alda Allina Migoni, Noah Geraci & Marika Cifor

‘Setting the record straight’: the creation and curation of archives by activist communities. A case study of activist responses to the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, South London
Elena Carter

The small politics of everyday life: local history society archives and the production of public histories
Fiona Cosson

A labour of love: the affective archives of popular music culture
Paul Long, Sarah Baker, Lauren Istvandity & Jez Collins

‘I will not leave, my freedom is more precious than my blood’. From affect to precarity: crowd-sourced citizen archives as memories of the Syrian war
Dima Saber & Paul Long

Artists and records: moving history and memory
Kathy Michelle Carbone

‘Instead of fetching flowers, the youths brought in flakes of snow’: exploring extreme weather history through English parish registers
Lucy Veale, James P. Bowen & Georgina H. Endfield

Book Reviews
Directory of rare books and special collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Julia Sheppard

Managing local government archives
Niamh Brennan

Building trustworthy digital repositories: theory and implementation
Jenny Mitcham

Managing digital cultural objects: analysis, discovery and retrieval
Adrian Brown

Introduction to metadata
Ellen O’Flaherty

Digitizing flat media: principles and practice
Alex Fitzgerald

Digital preservation essentials
Simon Wilson

Preserving popular music heritage: do-it-yourself, do-it-together
Andrew Flinn

Edward II: his last months and his monument
Rebecca Phillips

Early records of University College Oxford
A. C. Green

Northallerton wills and inventories, 1666–1719
Andrew George

Seals in medieval London 1050-1300: a catalogue
Paul R. Dryburgh

Rookwood family papers 1606–1761
Robert F. W. Smith

The building accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1512–1520
Anthony Smith

The Royal Irish Constabulary: a short history and genealogical guide with a select list of medal awards and casualties
Neil G. Cobbett


New Page: Newsletters

When I started this blog, I knew that there are a wide variety of archival writing opportunities. I chose to focus on scholarly publishing due to the lack of guidance and resources for archivists.

Now that the blog has been active for over 2 years, it’s a good time to assess and rethink. I still plan to have the bulk of the content focus on scholarly publishing. However, there are many opportunities that provide good writing practice which can eventually lead to journal, chapter, or book publications.

Therefore, I compiled a long list of newsletters on a separate page. Because there’s so much out there, including a newsletter link is limited to archival or related organizations and groups; individual and/or institutional newsletters will not be included to help maintain a manageable list. But please let me know if there are any to be added.

While I will try to post announcements about calls for contents or new issues, there are so many it is unlikely I’ll keep up. But I’ll do what I can! And I hope you find this valuable.

New/Recent Publications: Reports, Guides, and Other

Provenance Guide
International Foundation for Art Research

Navigating Research: How academic users understand, discover, and utilize reference resources
Oxford University Press

CHU, Clara M. and DAVIS, Mary Ellen K. and PUENTE, Mark A. (2017) Learning Together: Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2017 – Wrocław, Poland – Libraries. Solidarity. Society. in Session 112 – Poster Sessions.

“Construction of Backup System and Operating Mechanism for Military Archives” International Conference on Man-Machine-Environment System Engineering
Shisheng Cheng, Yongqing Zhang, Qianqian Wu, Rong Liu

Archives Digital and Otherwise: Recent Books on Archiving Canadian Writing” Journal of Canadian Studies 50 No. 3 (Fall 2016)

The Activist’s Guide to Archiving Video

SAA Annual Meeting Session Recordings Available

Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Symposium on Document Engineering

Association of Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 356: Diversity and Inclusion (September 2017). There’s also a webinar about this on October 11.

Association of Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 354: Data Curation

Association of Research Libraries, Issue Brief: Using Fair Use to Preserve and Share Disappearing Government Information


SAA Case Studies

SAA announced a new Campus Case Study, “Successful Fundraising with Library and
Archives Collaboration.” SAA started this series geared towards academic archives, but often the studies offer insight and tips to any type of institution.

More recently, the case studies have expanded and there are now openly accessible case studies on ethics, diversifying the archival record, and government records.

These are also a good publishing opportunity. Recognizing the benefit of these to the profession, SAA is open to expanding the contributing groups.  They are much shorter than journal-article length, good for collaborative writing, and allow to share real-life experiences and practices.

New Issue: SLIS Connecting

Volume 6, Issue 1 (2017)
(open access)


SLIS Director’s Update
USM School of Library and Information Science

Spotlights: Faculty, Alum, and Courses

USM School of Library and Information Science

From the GAs: Congratulations, Publications, Presentations

USM School of Library and Information Science

Student Associations: News and Events

USM School of Library and Information Science


Emerging Roles: Academic Libraries Crossing the Digital Divide

Scott A. Manganello

Oral History Review seeks Book Review and Pedagogy Section Editors

The Oral History Review, the official journal of the Oral History Association, is accepting applications for two positions on the editorial team, the Pedagogy Editor and the Book Review Editor.

The successful applicants will join the six-member editorial team of the Review and will participate actively in the development of the journal.  The editorial team—a creative and dedicated band of editors/oral historians—is motivated by a commitment to the journal and its place in the life of the Oral History Association and the broader oral history community.  Together, we seek to make the Review a lively site in which to experience, discuss, and debate oral history.

These positions are wonderful opportunities for national visibility and service to a well-established scholarly journal.  Each provides a chance to network with well-known and emerging scholars in the field and to stay abreast of the latest oral history scholarship.

Applicants for either position should, first and foremost, be familiar with the literature on oral history. Specific duties for each position can be found after the end of this announcement.

Candidates should also possess:

  • strong writing and editing skills (although no formal editorial training is required);
  • solid organizational abilities to manage the volume of articles or reviews;
  • interpersonal skills to work with authors from many backgrounds and fields;
  • technological flexibility in order to learn and use both computer software applications (such as Word and Excel) and emerging web-based applications.

Deadline for applications is 1 November 2017.

Interviews will be conducted in early November, with an expectation that the new editors will be selected no later than 15 December 2017.  The official start date for the position will be 1 January 2018; however, the incoming editors will work with, and be trained by, the outgoing editors (working together as co-editors) to deliver the issue of the journal that is due to the publisher in February 2018.

The incoming editorial team will be in Minneapolis for the annual Oral History Association meeting and available to answer questions and discuss the positions in greater detail.  Also, for more information about the positions and the editorial board, or to submit an application, please contact:

David Caruso
Editor, Oral History Review
Director, Center for Oral History
The Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 873-8236

To apply, please provide the following:

  1. Letter of application, stating interest in one of the positions and describing relevant experience.
  2. CV. or resume.
  3. Optional, but recommended: a short writing and/or editing sample, roughly 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.

Pedagogy Editor

The Pedagogy Section is published once annually, in the journal’s fall issue. It aims to highlight not only innovative pedagogical practice, but also sound analysis of the use of oral history in the classroom, in both secondary and higher education settings. Applicants should have experience doing oral history work in a classroom setting, an eye for innovative teaching practices, and an ability to distinguish process from analysis. Interested candidates are encouraged to read through the Pedagogy Section in recent issues of the Review in order to get a feel for the section’s offerings.

The Pedagogy Editor:

  • Solicits articles for the journal’s Pedagogy Section.
  • Works with authors during the initial development of their work.
  • Manages the peer review process for submissions.

Book Review Editor

Each issue of the Review contains roughly thirty book reviews, as well as longer pieces meant to elicit deeper reflections on the role a book or a collection of books has played, is playing, or may play in oral history.

The Book Review Editor:

  • Identifies oral history based books to review using publishers’ catalogues.
  • Finds reviewers for identified books.
  • Evaluates and edits submitted reviews both for substance and for adherence to stylistic guidelines.
  • Maintains a database of books accepted for review, reviewers selected for reviews, and the expertise of reviewers.
  • Develops ways to highlight specific works in the field.
  • Works with the book review assistant (position already filled) to accomplish the above tasks.