Call for Peer Reviewers: JCAS

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) seeks peer reviewers for its 2017 special issue: “Governance of Digital Memories in the Era of Big Data.” This special issue will discuss ethical issues regarding institutional memories’ governance in a digital context, which links to the ethics of remembering and forgetting. As we consider our developing digital culture, memory is becoming a distributed endeavor. The issue is addressed not only to “traditional” memory keepers, but also to the emerging community of social actors willing to join the debate about the importance of collective construction of memories. If you would like to participate as a peer reviewer for this special issue, or serve as a peer reviewer for JCAS on an ongoing basis, please email the journal at email.jcas@gmail.com. Sign up by March 31. For more information, visit elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas.

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Open Positions: JCAS

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The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS), a peer-reviewed online journal hosted by Yale University and New England Archivists, seeks an Associate Editor and a Marketing Associate. All interested candidates should apply by August 1, 2016. See below for details.

JCAS‘s mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, and serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute original works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication. JCAS publishes research articles, case studies, literature reviews (book, web-based, multimedia), work-in-progress articles, and conference reports that emphasize unique intellectual and technological developments in the archival profession. JCAS is an open-access, online academic journal published via the Berkeley Electronic Press Digital Commons platform.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR
The Associate Editor collaborates with the Managing Editor in soliciting, selecting, and developing content for the journal. The Associate Editor reviews assigned submissions and oversees the peer review process for them: reading and evaluating reports submitted by peer reviewers and recommending to the Managing Editor whether the manuscripts should be accepted for publication, accepted for publication with revisions, or rejected for publication. The Associate Editor participates in outreach programming whenever possible and assists in the solicitation of submissions on an ongoing basis. This person will serve a term of three years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

MARKETING ASSOCIATE
The Marketing Associate generates and oversees all publicity, networking, and liaison work for the journal’s social media presence. The Marketing Associate manages all incoming and outgoing communications and coordinates outreach events with the NEA Communications Committee. This person will serve a term of two years, with the opportunity to serve a second term if desired.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and a short cover letter for consideration by the NEA Executive Board. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2016. Applications and questions should be directed to NEA Immediate Past President Colin Lukens: colin_lukens@harvard.edu.

New England Archivists
Communications Committee

New Article: JCAS

(from Facebook post)

We are pleased to announce publication of a new article: “The Wild West No More: Preserving 40 Years of Electronic Records at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center,” by Tyler G. Cline.

In the summer of 2014, the American Heritage Center undertook a project to migrate all born-digital records to a secure server, thereby creating the means to provide access to the material. The author explores the project which largely eliminating the backlog of born-digital collection material and making those records available for use to all.

New Article: JCAS

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The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies announces publication of Volume 3, Article 3, “A Comparative Study of User Experience between Physical Objects and Their Digital Surrogates,” by Anastasia Varnalis-Weigle, Ph.D. candidate at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.

While the LAM community has made strides in designing new ways to access digital collections, the question remains: what are users losing in sensory (sight, touch, sound, smell) and emotional experience at the digital level? The author examines this question by enlisting a phenomenological approach consisting of observation and semi-structured interviews with student, faculty, and staff at a large academic institution. Download the article here.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant
Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach
MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science
lily.troia@simmons.edu
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New Article: JCAS

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The JCAS announces publication of Volume 3, Article 2, “Archiving Governance in Palestine,” by Caitlin M. Davis, University of New Mexico. This paper provides a preliminary investigation of the material-semiotics of archives in Palestine, exploring the peculiar ways in which the form and content of archival documents, architectures, and circulatory networks actually help to engender—not just reflect—some (new) realities of governance.

Download the article here.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Best,
Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant

Lily Cristina Troia
Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach
MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science
612.516.6060
lily.troia@simmons.edu
http://simmonsslis.tumblr.com/

New Article: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

Thanks to Lily for sending this to me!

The JCAS is pleased to announce the first article published in 2016: “Developing a Typology of Human Rights Records,” by Noah Geraci and Michelle Caswell, both of UCLA.

This article seeks to answer the following questions: What makes a record a “human rights record”? What types of records fall under this umbrella term? How and why might we develop a typology of such records? What is at stake—ethically, theoretically, and practically—in the ways in which and the reasons why we define and classify records as such? The piece includes a literature review exploring the history of conceptions of human rights records in archival studies, and the ongoing discussion in information studies more broadly about the politics of the organization of information. The paper outlines the chosen methodology of conceptual analysis and describe the ways such methodology will be employed to de/construct the term “human rights record,” and provides a typology of human rights records, positing that such records can be examined according to five interlocking vectors: who created them, why, and when, where they are currently stewarded, and how they are being put to use. The article also examines the ethical, political, and professional implications of the proposed typology and suggests ways in which this rubric can be used in the future.

Download a copy of this open access article at the JCAS site.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Best,

Lily Troia, JCAS Social Media Consultant

New Issue: Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

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The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies is pleased to announce publication of Volume 2, Issue 5:

Quidditch, Zombies, and the Cheese Club: A Case Study in Archiving Web Presence of Student Groups at New York University” by Aleksandr Gelfand.

Student organizations are a unique feature of university life whose records merit preservation. Since the mid-to-late 1990s, these records have been increasingly transitioning from analog format to a digital, web-based platform; a pattern that has only picked-up in the 2000s. This paper looks at a case study of the New York University Archives and its attempt to archive student organizations using the Archive-It service.

Download a copy of this open access article at the JCAS site.

The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library and New England Archivists (NEA). Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook!

Lily Cristina Troia
Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach
MLIS Candidate ’16
Simmons School of Library and Information Science
612.516.6060
lily.troia@simmons.edu