controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-08

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’s meeting in Chicago begins today and ends on Tuesday. Here’s the agenda.

Proposals for ARCHIVES 2016, which will be held in Atlanta July 31 – August 6, 2016, are due on Friday, November 13, 2015.

Politics & Government

How did libraries do at the ballot box on Tuesday? Every Library has a rundown of each library-related initiative’s fate from Election Day.

The Chicago Tribune has sued Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for not releasing private emails and texts under at public records request that the paper alleges were used to conduct official city business.

A Daily Caller reporter published emails from DC government officials this week that he gained under an open records request regarding his unsuccessful request to view the city’s current archives location back in March. This is a great example of how not to deal with reporters.

The Conservative Party in Britain has deleted ten years of speeches from its site, but never fear, the UK Web Archive had already captured the content.

Historical Statutes at Large for Congresses 19-24 and 44-45 are now available in searchable format at the Law Library of Congress.

In more digitization news, NARA has partnered with the National Collection of Aerial Photography to digitize 150,000 canisters of World War II aerial photography.

The video recording of NARA’s Archives Fair 2015 is now available.

NEH has a contest challenging folks to create a tool or data visualization using open data found in the Chronicling America project. First place is $5,000. The contest ends June 15, 2016.

Collection Development

Time, Inc. has donated its company archive to the New York Historical Society – all 7,500 linear feet of it.

Digital Libraries & Archives

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has added Sarah Burnes to its board of directors.

How do we define a digital archive? Slate looks at the loose definition and what it means for the sustainability of projects once they go live.

Harvard launched the Colonial North American Project on Monday. It contains more than 150,000 images of personal records, detailing daily life.


Snapchat will now store your selfies and use them how it wishes.

Electronic Records looks at why electronic health records aren’t more accessible for both the patient and other doctors treating the same patient.

Archival Internships

The text from Maureen Callahan’s talk on ethical internships at the Arizona Archives Symposium is online. In order to train students, we need to prepare them not only for entry-level work, but also develop higher-level skills as well.

Odds and Ends

A lost Oswald the Rabbit film by Disney has been found at the British Film Institute’s archive.

Hate the Twitter hearts? Kate Theimer shared an article on how to bring back the stars.


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