Call for Contributors: bloggERS! Archiving Digital Communications Series

Archives have long collected correspondence, but as communication has shifted to digital platforms, archivists must discover and develop new tools and methods.  From appraising one massive inbox to describing threaded messages, email has introduced many new challenges to the way we work with correspondence. Likewise, instant messaging, text messaging, collaborative online working environments, and other forms of digital communication have introduced new challenges and opportunities.

We want to hear how you and your institution are managing the acquisition, appraisal, processing, preservation and access to these complex digital collections.  Although the main focus of most programs is email, we’re also interested in hearing how you manage other formats of digital communication as well.

We’re interested in real-life solutions by working archivists: case studies, workflows, any kind of practical work with these collections describing the challenges of the archival processes to acquire, preserve, and make accessible email and other forms of digital communication.

A few potential topics and themes for posts:

  • Evaluating tools to acquire and process email
  • Case studies on archiving email and other forms of digital communication
  • Integrating practices for digital correspondence with physical correspondence
  • Addressing privacy and legal issues in email collections
  • Collaborating with IT departments and donors to collect email

Writing for bloggERS!

  • Posts should be between 200-600 words in length
  • Posts can take many forms: instructional guides, in-depth tool exploration, surveys, dialogues, point-counterpoint debates are all welcome!
  • Write posts for a wide audience: anyone who stewards, studies, or has an interest in digital archives and electronic records, both within and beyond SAA
  • Align with other editorial guidelines as outlined in the bloggERS! guidelines for writers.

Contact ers.mailer.blog@gmail.com with any questions or to discuss proposals.

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Call for Articles: The Journal of Archival Organization

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international, peer-reviewed journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials.

JAO addresses a broad range of issues of interest to the profession including archival management and staffing, archival technologies, the arrangement and description of records collection, collection growth and access, grant-funding, and institutional support. Articles addressing academic, public and special/corporate libraries, museums, and governmental agencies are all welcome.

How to submit:

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Marta Deyrup  martadeyrup@gmail.com

The separate abstract page should be single-spaced to include a 100-word abstract, list of keywords for indexing purposes, and author(s) footnote (name, title, affiliation, address, and email address), with identification of the corresponding author.

References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article.

For more information about the Journal of Archival Organization, please visit the journal’s webpage: www.tandfonline.com/WJAO

Fonds d’Archives Call for Papers

The Archives Society of Alberta is pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of Fonds d’Archives is now available at http://www.fondsdarchives.ca. In keeping with its focus on archival issues from a practical, working-level perspective, the first issue features articles on outreach and decolonisation activities at archival institutions. For further information about the journal, please visit the “About the Journal” page located here: https://fondsdarchives.ca/index.php/fondsdarchives/about.

Although papers on all aspects of archival practice are welcome, the next issue will focus on Indigenizing archival institutions. Articles can focus on Canadian or international contexts and topics to consider can include relationship-building with Indigenous communities, repatriation of Indigenous records, institutional responses to the TRC Calls to Action, case studies relevant to the theme, or similar topics. Emphasis should be on working-level archival practice (i.e. what have or your institution done to Indigenize your archives, what has worked, what has failed, what’s next, etc.).

The next issue will be published in February, 2018. Submissions on the theme or other topics related to archival practice should be submitted no later than October 16, 2017.

Please consult the Submissions page (https://fondsdarchives.ca/index.php/fondsdarchives/about/submissions) for further information about the process.

Midwest Archives Conference Call for Session Proposals: Chicago 2018

The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting March 21-24, 2018, at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. We are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme, “Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines.”

Chicago has historically served as a transition area between different types of boundaries: from rural, urban, and suburban landscapes, between land and lake, as a leader in the evolution of transportation, as a home to built forms that encompass traditional and modern architecture, and even from East to West. For MAC 2018 we call archivists to a place whose official city motto itself, “city in a garden” (Urbs in Horto), invites an exploration of contradictions and contrasts.

Session Proposals

We seek proposals that explore ways in which boundaries and borders around and within archival work are blurring, transitioning, and transforming:

  • Blurring boundaries
    • between archival work and related work (data management, records management, digital humanities, etc.)
    • between archivists’ professional responsibilities and social responsibilities
    • between what you were hired to do and what your job has become.
  • Exploring transitions
    • between the types of documentation of political movements
    • between different careers and career stages.
  • Breaking down borders
    • between professional archives and community archives
    • between archivists and allied professions
    • between different groups in the community or society.
  • Transforming organizations
    • when mergers of departments or organizations have led to unforeseen consequences
    • when organizations determine they need an archives or records management program
    • when new duties have forced archivists to develop creative solutions.
  • Transforming archives
    • when past collection development reflected a dominant culture or status quo
    • when technological changes have expanded possibilities
    • when you have discovered a new, better way to do something at work.

In addition we welcome proposals that take an archival approach to local and regional Midwestern historical events that embody a spirit of resistance, which may be inspired by Chicago’s diverse racial and ethnic communities, social movements, and confluence of local, state, and federal politics and policy. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, with its riots, tear gas, and “Chicago 8” trial, and we encourage proposals that offer new insights into protest documentation–whether in Chicago or elsewhere in the Midwest.

The deadline for session proposals is Tuesday, August 22, at 5 p.m. Central Time. A separate call for poster proposals will go out later in the year.

 

Possible Session Types

  • Standard Presentations: Two to four speakers present on a common theme. May include a moderator to steer discussion and/or introduce speakers and theme.
  • Open Forum: Topical discussion with moderator leading discussion with everyone present. May include additional moderator(s) to direct breakout conversations.
  • Roundtable Discussion: Three or four participants make very brief remarks, then discuss a topic together. Includes a moderator to steer discussion.
  • PechaKucha: Each presentation consists of 20 slides or images displayed for 20 seconds each, with comment. Each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • Lightning Talks: Like PechaKucha, but without a set format. May or may not include slides or images. Presentations may be from 3 to 10 minutes long, with the time allotted depending on the number of presenters.
  • Debate: Moderator announces the topic, and two other people debate. May include more than one topic and additional debaters.

Speaker Representation

The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the MAC program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions.

To facilitate collaboration among those brainstorming session ideas, the Program Committee encourages use of the MAC Facebook page and the spreadsheet for brainstorming session proposal ideas.

Proposal Evaluation

The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:

  • Merit and clarity of the 250-word abstract;
  • Completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;
  • Originality of proposed topic;
  • Diversity of the content and speaker representation;
  • Appropriateness of proposed format with session content; and
  • Completeness of proposal and presenters.

All proposals will be considered in the context of the overall structure of the meeting and availability of time slots for proposed sessions.

When submitting proposals, please have ready a session title, 250-word abstract, names and contact information for all speakers, the type of session format being proposed, and any A/V or special consideration requests for your session.

All individuals involved in an accepted proposal must sign a presenter agreement.

Proposal Submission

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2018 MAC Annual Meeting is Tuesday, August 22, at 5 p.m. CDT. Use the CFP form to submit your proposal.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact the 2018 Program Committee co-chairs, Daria Labinsky and Eira Tansey.

Journal of Archival Organization: Call for Submissions

The Journal of Archival Organization is an international, peer-reviewed journal encompassing all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials.

JAO addresses a broad range of issues of interest to the profession including archival management and staffing, archival technologies, the arrangement and description of records collection, collection growth and access, diversity and gender, grant-funding, and institutional support. Articles addressing academic, public and special/corporate libraries, museums and governmental agencies are all welcome.

How to submit:

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Marta Deyrup at  martadeyrup@gmail.com

The separate abstract page should be single-spaced to include a 100-word abstract, list of keywords for indexing purposes, and author(s) footnote (name, title, affiliation, address, and email address), with identification of the corresponding author.

References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list of references at the end of the article.

For more information about the Journal of Archival Organization, please visit the journal’s webpage: www.tandfonline.com/WJAO

Apply to join the bloggERS Editorial Team!

bloggERS! (https://saaers.wordpress.com/), the blog of the Electronic Records Section (ERS–get it??) of the Society of American Archivists was founded to foster communication and collaboration within the ERS and across the wider archival community. bloggERS! features:

  • Aggregations of news, information, and resources on electronic records issues
  • New content including case studies, interviews, surveys, reviews, and other writings of interest to archivists and electronic records professionals
  • Forums for discussion and collaboration, to help archivists communicate and learn from each other and those outside the field.

It’s a fun way to keep up your professional involvement and work along side like-minded archivists.

Apply by 8/1 to join the bloggERS Editorial Team! We’re seeking an Assistant Team Leader and 4 Team Members. Access the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/BlKt91WXa7kPnZR63

Call for workshop papers: Computational Archival Science

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Boston, MA, USA, in conjunction with the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2017).

The large-scale digitization of analog archives, the emerging diverse forms of digital records and systems, and new ways of engaging with archival material using technology, are resulting in disruptions to traditional archival theories and practices. Increasing quantities of ‘big archival data’ present challenges for the practitioners and researchers who work with archival material, but also offer enhanced possibilities for use and scholarly exploration through the application of computational methods and tools.

This workshop will explore this conjunction of emerging methods and technologies around digital records and big data with archival theory and practice, and will examine new forms of records generation and historical, social, scientific, and cultural research engagement with archival institutions. We aim to identify and evaluate current trends, requirements, and potential in these areas, to examine the new questions that they can provoke, and to help determine possible research agendas for the evolution of computational archival science in the coming  years, as well as addressing the questions and concerns scholarship is raising about the interpretation of ‘big data’ and the uses to which it is put.

Full papers, of up to 10 pages, should be submitted via the online submission system at https://wi-lab.com/cyberchair/2017/bigdata17/scripts/ws_submit.php. We also encourage submission of short papers (up to 6 pages) reporting work in progress. The submission deadline is October 10, 2017. All papers accepted will be included in the proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

The workshop builds on a number of recent developments in Computational Archival Science (see: http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/), and in particular on the 1st Computational Archival Science workshop at IEEE Big Data 2016 (see: http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2016_cas-workshop/), which attracted a range of professionals and researchers, both from the DC area and internationally.

For more information, see the full workshop Call for Papers at http://dcicblog.umd.edu/cas/ieee_big_data_2017_cas-workshop/