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CFP: Practical Technology for Archives

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.9 (2018:Winter).

The submission timeline is as follows:

Proposals due: October 27
Selections made: November 8
1st drafts due: December 8
Draft reviews: December 22
Revisions due: January 19
Publication: February 2

Submissions should be sent to:
Practical Technology for Archives
Randall Miles
Managing Editor
rm527@cornell.edu

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New Issue: Practical Technology for Archives

Issue no.8, July 2017

Articles
Data-Driven Reporting and Processing of Digital Archives with Brunnhilde
Tim Walsh
This article introduces Brunnhilde, a command-line and graphical user interface (GUI) tool written in Python that creates reports to aid in appraisal, arrangement, and description of born-digital archives. Developed to fill a perceived gap between robust existing file format identification tools and the practical process of triaging digital files in archival repositories, Brunnhilde is included as a standard utility in the open source digital forensics suite BitCurator as of v1.8.0 and has become part of the triaging and processing workflows in several archival repositories, including the author’s own Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Streamlining Archives Reference through Online Task Management
Jaime Marie Burton and Daniel Weddington
Following an organizational shift that flattened the hierarchy and prioritized security, use, and collection management, research services at UK Libraries SCRC continued to face logistical roadblocks to meeting patron reference and research needs. Specifically, SCRC relied on an often chaotic system of listserv streams monitored by 10-15 team members to manage patron interaction and internal communication. This approach left no easily discernible way for the research services team to assign tasks, facilitate collaboration, monitor progress, or derive statistics. This article will discuss how SCRC successfully implemented a streamlined, task management approach to archives reference using freely available online tools.

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

New Issue: Practical Technology for Archives

Issue no.7, January 2017

Articles

Access and Preservation in Archival Mass Digitization Projects
John Yolkowski and Krista Jamieson
The Elisabeth Mann Borgese fonds digitization project was carried out by the Dalhousie University Archives (DUA) in 2014-2015. At 55.5 linear meters and containing diverse media types and a broad range of content, this fonds was an excellent test case for the DUA’s first mass digitization project and represents a digitization project that, in terms of scale, falls between one-off digitization and a Google books style approach. As a pilot, much of this project was dedicated to grappling with intellectual and technical challenges of digitization projects, such as selection, copyright and rights management, documentation, scale of data created, processing of digital materials, and online presentation. From this, the project team strived to create best practices in balancing preservation and access.

Streamlining Delivery of Online Oral History Metadata through LibGuides
Heather Fox, Terri Holtze and Randy KuehnThe University of Louisville Oral History Center houses over 2000 interviews.
A collaborative project between Archives and Special Collections, the Office of Libraries Technology, and Web Services improved access to interview records by making a LibGuides webpage tied to a database containing the oral history metadata. This project has enhanced access for our users to the item level metadata of individual interviews and created a simplified, efficient workflow for our staff to maintain the information. In the following article, the authors discuss the methods and code they employed to offer users an interactive interface, and provide staff with a streamlined process for keeping the oral history material current.

Using Google Analytics, Voyant and Other Tools to Better Understand Use of Manuscript Collections at L. Tom Perry Special Collections
Ryan K. Lee, Cory L. Nimer, J. Gordon Daines, III, and Shelise Rupp
This paper expands on a previous study on how the use of Web analytics and in-house statistics could provide a solid basis for making decisions about which collections to digitize as well as which collections in L. Tom Perry Special Collections merited deeper description. The study also revealed some intriguing insights into how our collections were being used and raised some important questions about the impact of description, digitization, and other factors on both digital and physical usage. This article will show how we repurposed data from Google Analytics; used free, online tools like Voyant; and employed other means to dig deeper into our usage data to answer many of the questions posed in our initial study.

Using LibAnswers in the Archives: A review and implementation report<
Tim Hutchinson
The need for an enquiry management system at the University of Saskatchewan’s University Archives & Special Collections was identified at the time of an organization restructuring, which involved the amalgamation of previously independent archives and special collections units, and a new model for reference service. While there were delays in selecting and deploying a system, this allowed requirements to be refined; LibAnswers was ultimately selected. This article reviews key features of the enquiry management and reference statistics components of LibAnswers, in the context of its implementation for an archival reference service.

Python for Archivists: breaking down barriers between systems
Gregory Wiedeman
Working with a multitude of digital tools is now a core part of an archivist’s skillset. We work with collection management systems, digital asset management systems, public access systems, ticketing or request systems, local databases, general web applications, and systems built on smaller systems linked through application programming interfaces (APIs). Over the past years, more and more of these applications have evolved to meet a variety of archival processes. We no longer expect a single tool to solve all our needs and embraced the “separation of concerns” design principle that smaller, problem-specific and modular systems are more effective than large monolithic tools that try to do everything. All of this has made the lives of archivists easier and empowered us to make our collections more accessible to our users.

CFP: Practical Technology for Archives

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.7 (2016:Winter).

The submission timeline is as follows:

Proposals due: September 23
Selections made: October 7
1st drafts due: November 4
Draft reviews: November 18
Revisions due: December 2
Publication: December 16

Submission should be sent to:

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

New Issue: Practical Technology for Archives

We are pleased to announce the publication of Issue no.6 of Practical Technology for Archives.

http://practicaltechnologyforarchives.org

In this issue we have three excellent articles, one on dealing with born-digital material on disposable media, one about incorporating a file-renaming program into a digitization workflow to make the files easier to repurpose, and another on a program for searching an institutions server to locate files that should either be deleted or archived.

If you have an idea or proposal for Issue no.7, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

All the Best,
Randall Miles,
Managing Editor

Call for Reviewers: Practical Technology in Archives

reposted from A&A listserv:

Practical Technology for Archives is a peer-reviewed journal concerning the hands-on aspects of archival work. We are looking for one or two new reviewers. Each reviewer for the journal is asked to review one or two article proposals and one or two article drafts. These reviews are done in a fairly tight timeframe, with only two weeks for each.

If you are interested, please let me know.

Thank you,

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