controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-15

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!


Don’t miss the SNAP Roundtable Chat tonight, Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 8 PM. We’re discussing interviews. Here’s more information, including the reading list.

SAA Council met this past week (November 8-10, 2015) in Chicago. Here is the discussion document from the meeting regarding the proposed dues increase. Members of SAA will be asked to vote on a referendum regarding this change beginning November 18, 2015.

The recently redesigned web portal for The American Archivist features a Reviews Portal that discusses emerging technologies of interest to archivists. They need reviewers!

Do you want to be more involved in SAA? The Appointments Committee is looking for a few (or many) good archivists to serve on committees. The list of open slots is here. You have until January 20, 2016 to nominate yourself.

The judging of the archives short fiction contest is underway! There were more applicants than anticipated, but the winner will be announced by December 15, 2015.

Politics & Government

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has proposed revisions to the federal government’s rules regarding records management, privacy, data security, and the like. It’s the first update in 15 years.


A group of archivists from the Charleston Archives, Libraries, and Museums Council has begun preserving the collection of gifts received by Emanuel AME Church after the shooting last June.

Researchers are examining unopened letters from the 17th century to learn about life at the time – without opening the letters.

Data Management

Companies often have discord between their IT and legal departments when it comes to data archiving. Communication can help.

Disaster Preparedness

A fire at a storage facility has damaged 50 years worth of items from the Tulsa Living Arts Archives.

Digital Preservation

An interview with the Internet Archive’s Alexis Rossi and Vicky Brasseur gives a little insight as to how it continues to function as “the information superhighway.”


Why good museums are seen as boring: they don’t use storytelling to connect to patrons.

Some historians are concerned that high school students rarely are required to write research papers anymore, which means they never use books other than textbooks and no primary sources.

Odds and Ends

The American Library Association has put out a call for poster proposals for the 2016 conference, which will be held in Orlando on June 23-28. Proposals are due January 29, 2016.

The Society of Northwest Archivists has put out a call for session proposals for its 2016 conference, which will be held in Seattle on April 28-30. Proposals are due January 11, 2016.

Will you be in the DC area on Tuesday, December 1, 2015? Check out the Unconference and Ignite Talks to learn how GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) can use technology to increase their impact.


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