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2016 Publications Mander Jones Awards Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 Publications Mander Jones Award recipients who were presented with a certificate at the 2017 AGM.

Recipients

Category 1A:  City of Sydney, Records Management Challenge eLearning module

Category 1B: Anne Gilliland, Sue McKemmish and Andrew Lau, Research in the Archival Multiverse, Social Informatics Series, Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Press, 2016.

Category 2A: SDN Children’s Services / Dr Leone Huntsman Children, a life interest: a biography of Joan Fry OBE

Category 3: National Library of Australia, Guide to manuscript collections containing currency related items in the National Library of Australia

Category 5: Two winners in this category:

Michael Jones and Richard Vine, “Cultivating Capability: The Socio-Technical Challenges of Integrating Approaches to Records and Knowledge Management” Records Management Journal, Vol. 26 Issue: 3, pp.242-258

Sue McKemmish, “Recordkeeping in the Continuum: an Australian tradition” in ed. Anne J Gilliand; Sue McKemmish; Andrew J Lau Research in the Archival Multiverse, Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Press, 2016. p. 122-160.

Category 6: Dr Rachel Buchanan, How Shakespeare helped shape Germaine Greer’s feminist masterpiece, The Conversation, Australian edition, May 26, 2016.

Category 8: Find & Connect web resource team, eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Find and Connect Web Resource Blog

Commendations

Category 2A: University of Melbourne Archives and Millicent Weber, “A fortune built on slavery: the Bright Family Papers and their journey from UK to Melbourne”, The Conversation, 22 August 2016

Category 3: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Ward Records Collection Guide

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Call for Submissions: 2018 Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition

Submissions for the 2017 Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards are being accepted until Friday, October 15, 2017. The awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in the publication of catalogs and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials, as well as for digital exhibitions of such materials. The prizes are administered and awarded by the ALA/ACRL/RBMS Exhibition Awards Committee.

For full information about entering please see the submission page at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/publicationawards/leabawards which includes links to pdf forms that can be filled in online, saved, printed, and emailed in one operation.

Submissions of printed materials (4 copies of each catalog or brochure) must be postmarked by October 15th. For digital exhibitions, only the filled in form is needed which asks for basic information about the exhibition and the names of its creators; this form can be completed in a few minutes. After judging is completed and the awards announced, the printed materials are sent to The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, The Harry Ransom Humanities Center at UT Austin, and the Grolier Club in New York City. This constitutes a triplicate archive of the self-selected best work in the field. Lists and an exhibition of prize winners as well as lists of all materials submitted since the inception of the award in 1986, are available at this address: http://rbms.info/exhibition_awards/first_ten_years/index.html

Research Survey: Historians and Subscription Primary Source Databases

Though this survey is directed to historians, they want participants regardless of AHA membership. This is a chance to help inform the AHA about access to primary sources relevant to historical scholarship.

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The AHA is investigating access to research databases and other resources used by historians. Independent and unaffiliated scholars, as well as historians at smaller institutions often do not have access to subscription materials necessary for their work. We would like you to answer a few questions that will help us determine what we can do to help scholars with this problem. We are looking for responses from anyone who considers themselves a historian, regardless of AHA membership status, so please pass this survey on to your colleagues. Your responses will be extremely helpful to the AHA’s efforts to promote historical education and research, and we thank you for taking the time to help us gather this important information.

This survey is brief and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please respond by October 4, 2017 and do not hesitate to contact zjackson@historians.org if you have any further questions or comments.

The purpose of this survey is to allow the AHA to look into the extent of the problem of access to digital primary and secondary source databases for historical research. Many proprietary databases are only offered through university or other institutional subscription and are thus only available to scholars whose institution subscribes. This means that scholars without affiliations and those at places that do not subscribe to the resource they need are unable to access the materials they need.

When answering these questions please think only of subscription digital research collections (either primary or secondary source), such as JSTOR, Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Proquest Historical Newspapers, etc. Do not list or refer to materials that can be accessed for free. This brief questionnaire has a maximum of 9 questions and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

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 Page: Awards

I’ve previously posted announcements about awards, and slowly I’ve collected information. Explore my new page about Awards, and I encourage authors to apply. Promote your scholarship!

I took liberties with the list; they are not all archival scholarship-specific. However, I did this purposely to create awareness of not just award opportunities, but publishing opportunities. The more we can publish outside our profession (even in library journals), the better.

I compiled the list primarily by looking at SAA’s list of archival and allied organizations, plus a few others I came across. If you know of others, please comment below. I’ll continue to post announcements when I’m aware of them.

Help OCLC With Their Research Agenda

Dear Colleagues,

OCLC Research is currently shaping our next research and learning agenda to address challenges and opportunities for special collections, archives and distinctive collections in research libraries. Led by our Practitioner Researcher in Residence, Chela Weber, we are taking a transparent, iterative approach to building this agenda by seeking substantial input from the OCLC Research Library Partnership (RLP), as well as the broader archives and special collections community. An early-stage draft was workshopped with representatives from RLP institutions and other invited professionals at the RBMS Conference last month in Iowa City, and a similar workshop will focus on the current draft at Archives 2017, the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists this month.

We are inviting you today to play a role in the next steps of shaping the agenda, and asking for your feedback on the current draft of the agenda by August 28thWe are happy to hear thoughts on any element of the draft agenda, but in particular, are interested in hearing comments on the following questions:

  1. Proposed Research Activities: do you have ideas for activities in areas that are left blank in the current draft? Are there other research activities or questions you would like to see addressed within each of the outlined topical areas of investigation?
  1. Relevant Existing Work in the Community: Is there current or early-stage work going on that addresses any of the topical areas of investigation and that we should be aware of?
  1. Priorities for OCLC: OCLC Research will be able to address only a small portion of the issues and activities outlined in the agenda, and wants to put its resources and expertise to best use. Which of the topical areas of investigation and proposed research activities would you most like to see OCLC take on, and where do you think they can make most impact?

Please find the draft agenda either as a Google Doc or as a PDF. You are welcome to add comments in the Google Doc itself, or submit comments via email to RLPStrategy@oclc.orgWe welcome feedback and comments through August 28th.

Jackie Dooley
Program Officer, OCLC Research
office/home 949-492-5060
mobile 949-295-1529
dooleyj@oclc.org

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