SAA Title in HathiTrust: Film Preservation

Another SAA book has been added to the HathiTrust Digital Library. Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice by Karen Gracy was published by SAA in 2007 and is now out of print, but you can view it for free by clicking hereFilm Preservation is one of dozens out-of-print books for which SAA has granted full-view permission in the HathiTrust. For a complete list of these open access books, click here. The HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from around the world.

New Issue: Journal of Western Archives

The Journal of Western Archives is pleased to announce the availability of a new special issue on web archiving (http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/westernarchives/). This special issue was guest edited by Nicholas Taylor of Stanford University and features the following content:

Articles

Introduction to the Special Issue on Web Archiving
Nicholas Taylor

Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs
Jackie M. Dooley, Karen Stoll Farrell, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet

Case Studies

Case Study: Washington and Lee’s First Year Using Archive-It
Alston B. Cobourn

Using RSS to Improve Web Harvest Results for News Web Sites
Gina M. Jones and Michael Neubert

Collaboration Made It Happen! The Kansas Archive-It Consortium
Cliff Hight, Ashley Todd-Diaz, Rebecca Schulte, and Michael Church
We hope you might the content useful.

SAA Sampler Series Now Open Access

A few years ago, SAA’s Publications Board started creating samplers. These are introductions to topics and SAA publications, whether to read on your own or used in a classroom. Two recent announcements about these samplers: they are now all open access and there’s a new one on social justice.

SAA samplers online

Archival Advocacy: Archivists must continually explain who they are, what they do, and why archives are important to society. The selected chapters in this sampler offer different approaches and techniques from three books which align with the core goal of advocating for archives.

Law and Ethics: All archivists will face legal or ethical concerns throughout their careers. In many cases, we are caught unaware, and pressure is escalated by time crunches or demanding patrons. The chapter from the three books represented here aim to equip archivists to handle these sorts of dilemmas as they arise, by presenting practical information drawn from real-life experiences of archivists.

Social Justice: As repositories of the objects that make up the historical record, archives have the potential to shape and define our collective understanding of the past. The selected chapters in this sampler consider personal and collective memory as well as examples of political influence over the historical record.

CFP: Open Library of Humanities

Remaking Collections

Abstract Deadline: 15 May, 2017

In recent decades cultural and collecting institutions have digitised their collections en masse. These digital collections are vast, diverse and dispersed, challenging traditional modes of management, access and engagement; but they also constitute an immense cultural resource. As well as supporting traditional uses in research and scholarship, digital collections are fostering an emerging body of creative practice. Through the work of artists, designers, data visualisers, heritage hackers and digital humanists, digital collections are being remade. This practice enlivens digital collections online through interface design and visualisation, revealing new connections and meanings; it also enriches the collections themselves, adding new layers of metadata and modes of approaching cultural artefacts. Software bots and agents drop digital artefacts into the everyday digital environment of our social media streams, seeding serendipitous encounters between past and present. Open digital collections and computational tools enable makers to work at vast scales; and to either collaborate with collection holders, or work independently, offering unsolicited interventions that bypass institutional contexts altogether. As digital collections reach web scale — tens of millions of items — experimental digital practices play a vital role in understanding their content and potential, as both scholarly and cultural resources.

This special collection of articles will address emerging creative practices around digital collections. It aims to document current practice and theory through diverse case studies and articulate multidisciplinary understandings of the art, design, computing, heritage and humanities practices that come together here. This practice brings a growing computational toolset to bear on mining, interpreting, annotating and transforming digital archives; how do we grasp this interplay of data, code, collections and emerging cultural forms?

Potential topic areas include:

  • Experimental and speculative approaches to digital cultural collections
  • Generative and computational methods
  • Data visualisation for collections
  • Unsolicited interfaces and collection reskins
  • Large-scale creative reuse and adaptation
  • Challenges and rewards of scale – approaches to web scale collections
  • Innovation in collecting institutions – labs and collaborative models
  • Content mining and classification for creative outcomes
  • Tangible and site-specific approaches to collections
  • Place-based and localised digital heritage
  • Audience engagement and impact – the life of remade collections
  • Connecting collections: mashups, concordances and linked data
  • Authorship and agency – manual and algorithmic processes in collections practice
  • Political, critical and anti-narratives
  • Playful and poetic realisations
  • Design and research methodologies for remaking collections
  • Digital repercussions in the exhibition space

Research articles should be approximately 5-8000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should comprise of:

  • Abstract (500 words)
  • Full-length article (5-8000 words)
  • Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words)

Authors intending to submit should email a 500 word abstract by 15th May 2017 to Prof. Mitchell Whitelaw (mitchell.whitelaw@anu.edu.au). The deadline for full paper submission is 1st October 2017. The special collection, edited by Prof. Mitchell Whitelaw (Australian National University), Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe (Austrlian National University), Prof. Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra) and Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), is to be published in the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) (ISSN 2056-6700).

Submissions should be made online at: https://submit.openlibhums.org/ in accordance with the author guidelines and clearly marking the entry as [“REMAKING COLLECTIONS,” SPECIAL COLLECTION]. Submissions will then undergo a double-blind peer-review process. Authors will be notified of the outcome as soon as reports are received.

The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.

To learn more about the Open Library of Humanities please visit: https://www.openlibhums.org/.

CFP: Practical Technology for Archives

This is a reminder that we would like to have proposals/abstracts submitted by the end of day, on the Friday, 24 Mar 17.

Practical Technology for Archives is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal focused on the practical application of technology to address challenges encountered in working with archives. Our goal is to provide a timely resource, published semi-annually, that addresses issues of interest to practitioners, and to foster community interaction through monitored comments. Submissions may be full articles, brief tips and techniques, AV tutorials, reviews (tools, software, books), or post-grant technical reports. Please visit practicaltechnologyforarchives.org for more information.

The editorial board of Practical Technology for Archives is calling for proposals/abstracts for Issue no.8 (2017:Summer).

The submission timeline is as follows:

Proposals due: March 24
Selections made: April 7
1st drafts due: May 5
Draft reviews: May 19
Revisions due: June 2
Publication: June 16

Submission should be sent to:

Practical Technology for Archives
Randall Miles
Managing Editor
rm527@cornell.edu

CFP: The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections

The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections is now accepting manuscript submissions for its Fall 2017 issue (volume 3, issue 1). The submission deadline for manuscripts is June 5, 2017.

The Reading Room is a scholarly, open-access journal committed to providing current research and relevant discussion of practices in a special collections library setting. The Reading Room seeks submissions from practitioners and students involved with special collections in museums, historical societies, corporate environments, public libraries and academic libraries. Topics may include exhibits, outreach, digital collections, mentorship, donor relations, teaching, reference, technical and metadata skills, social media, “Lone Arrangers”, management and digital humanities.

Narrative features, research articles, and case studies are welcome. The journal features single-blind, peer-reviewed research articles and case studies related to all aspects of current special collections work.

The editors strongly encourage queries from authors regarding potential articles for The Reading Room. Please email thereadingroomjournal@gmail.com before submitting your manuscript.

For more information, please see our website: http://readingroom.lib.buffalo.edu/readingroom/

Molly D. Poremski
Digital Collections Librarian
221 Lockwood Memorial Library
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Buffalo, NY 14260
(716) 645-7750
poremski@buffalo.edu

New Issue: SLIS Connecting

Volume 5, Issue 2 (2016) Fall/Winter 2016

Columns

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

Spotlights: Faculty, Alum, and Course
Stacy Creel

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

50th Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Karen Rowell

Core Values: Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Public Libraries
Stephanie A. Evans

Articles

‘The willing women are standing waiting now’: British Women, the Second World War, and the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Erin Doerner

An Historical Analysis of the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival
Leah Rials

A Survey and Content Analysis of Army Manuals Held by the National World War II Museum Archives
Amanda Fallis