controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-10-18

This post begins a weekly roundup of headlines in and around archivy, but also including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!


We’re looking for a few good folks to serve on the SNAP Executive Committee in ex officio positions: professionals blog editor, student blog editor, junior social media coordinator, and student chapter liaison. You have until midnight tonight, Sunday, October 19, 2015 to apply.

Have you read the new Archival Outlook yet? Meet the new Mosaic Fellows, read about web archiving with limited resources, and more.

Are you a writer? SAA has a short fiction contest ongoing right now. Entries are due by October 30, 2015.

Politics & Government

If you will be in DC on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, NARA would like you to attend its FOIA Advisory Committee meeting. However, in order to attend, you must register, which you can do here.

Eira Tansey gives us a promising update on limiting oral histories from IRB requirements. The rule isn’t final yet; in fact, we’re still in the 90-day comment period until December 7, 2015. If you have thoughts, you can share them here.

Don’t understand the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but are curious as to how it will affect you? Mashable has a run-down on the known pieces of the agreement, but the full document hasn’t been released yet.

The Senate unanimously voted to limit the term for the Librarian of Congress to 10 years, which is a lifetime appointment right now. The ALA is okay with the change. The next step is getting the legislation through the House so it can be forwarded to the President.


Google can keep scanning books, according to a ruling by the 2nd Court of Appeals. It falls under Fair Use.

Forrester’s has released its 2015 Data Privacy Heat Map. As you’d expect, the U.S. isn’t looking too great.

Preservation Issues

The South Carolina Archaeological Archive Flood Recovery Project needs volunteers. Walk-ins are welcome, but they’d prefer if you scheduled time.

The New York Times‘ picture archive – which is in the “sub-subbasement” – flooded this week. They’re not sure how much was lost, but it is “the stuff of nightmares.”

Digital Preservation

The Atlantic reminds us that the web is neither a digital repository nor a library. Stuff – important stuff – disappears. (Thanks to Nancy Beaumont for the link!)

In another warning about the “digital dark age,” one professor insists that the way to be safe is to print everything out.

Employment Matters

Stacie Williams encourages us to look beyond the “too many degrees / too few jobs argument” when looking for employment and apply our skills to different areas if that archives job doesn’t materialize.

AskaManager offers suggestions for what to do when asked that dreaded salary requirement question in an interview and you price yourself out of the job.

Inc. shows introverts how they can outperform their louder co-workers.

Odds and Ends

Happy Open Access Week! (It’s October 19-25, 2015.) To celebrate, Emerald Group Publishing has an entire issue of Online Information Review dedicated to the subject.

Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) wants posters for their conference, which will be in Milwaukee on April 27-30, 2016. Proposals are due January 15, 2016.

SNAP Founder Rebecca Goldman put in a plug on Twitter this week for the ongoing project Crash Space for Archivists. If you’re willing to host folks in your abode, you can sign up on the website to be included. Also, folks needing a place to stay for interviews, conferences, etc. can get in touch with folks on the list.

Have you thought about tweeting a conference panel but weren’t sure how? Elizabeth Covart offers best practices here.

I Need a Library Job is five years old, and asking for donations to keep it going.

For those approaching the mid-career stage, the Archives Leadership Institute is calling for applicants for the 2016 cohort. You have until November 30, 2015 to apply.

The next #critlib chat is Tuesday, October 20, 2015. You can find more information, including the reading material, here.

Just for Fun

See a recap of how NARA’s #ArchivesInstameet went. It looks like it was a lot of fun!

Get your early 90s jam on with KMRT (K-Mart Radio) with this collection on the Internet Archive. A former employee is responsible for holding onto the tapes and making them available to the world. Enjoy!