controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-01

This is the 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!


Council is meeting November 8-10, 2015, in Chicago. The agenda and reports are available now.

The evaluation results for ARCHIVES 2015 are out. The response rate was much better than last year (41% versus 18%).

SAA would like to know how you and your institution celebrated Archives Month. Please send an email to them.

Politics & Government

Kathryn Matthew is the new IMLS Director, having been confirmed by the Senate in September.

The Library of Congress issued final rules this week that renewed and expanded protections for Digital Rights Management-circumvention laws.

Russian police raided a library specializing in Ukrainian culture in Moscow this week, seizing 200 “anti-Russian” books and arresting the head of the collections.

Rights and Ownership

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas won a temporary victory against the Texas General Land Office. Now, no one can do anything with the Alamo Library Collection until ownership is settled. A court date has been set for February 22, 2016.


An online petition was started to save the Port of Los Angeles Archives. The city closed the archives because of the cost and has moved the records from an environmentally-controlled location to open-air warehouses by the water.

Digital Curation

The Internet Archive has put 9.3 million items into Archivelab using the International Image Operability Framework. This allows researchers to access different parts of the same item from difference sources at the same time, amongst other neat things.

The American Archive for Public Broadcasting now as 7,000 items available online. The Reading Room launched October 27, 2015.

Some newspapers are using historic photo collections to engage their communities, telling the stories of what used to be there.

Open Access

Harvard Law School will be digitizing its entire collection of U.S. case law, and the collection will be freely available to anyone with an internet connection – all 40 million pages of it.

The University of California has extended its open-access policy for scholarly work to all employees who write scholarly articles.

Oral History

In a last hurrah for American Archives Month, is celebrating oral history and explains why oral histories from people not related to you can be useful in your genealogy research.

Julie Parke discusses why recording oral histories is so important, with the reminder that memory is a tricky thing.

Odds and Ends

The Society of Northwest Archivists is calling for proposals for its spring meeting, to be held in Seattle on April 28-30, 2016. The theme is on community involvement and outreach efforts, and proposals are due January 11, 2016.

Whether or not you’re attending iPres 2015 this week, check out iPres Amplified, with Twitter hashtags for the different session and opportunities for other ways to be involved on- and off-site.

Just for Fun

Halloween may be over, but you can relive the candy of Halloweens past with collector Jason Liebig’s candy archive.

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