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 forget that there’s an open call to serve on SAA committees! You have until January 20, 2016 to submit the form.
SAA Council has approved a brief on strengthening federal records authority.
Politics & Government
SAA member Dr. Meredith Evans has been appointed the new director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
NARA has awarded 32 grants for historical records projects totaling $1.8 million at its November meeting.
Fusion has created the Political Image Machine, which attempts to capture and classify every image from the 2016 Presidential race.
The Washington NBC affiliate was granted access to tour the DC archives this week. Meanwhile, the thwarted Daily Caller reporter points out that funding for a new building was eliminated from the 2016 budget.
IFLA-FAIFE has issued a statement condemning the targeting of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.
Scientists at the University of South Carolina and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are researching methods that might help us save magnetic tape.
Dave Kehr or MoMA discusses how the move to digital is both good and bad for film preservation.
A study at the University of Oxford has found that half of the world’s museum artifacts are wrongly labelled.
A certified records manager points out how detrimental the loss of records to careless management can be for companies. Yet many companies are clueless about how to archive emails, much less other forms of electronic media.
The Bronx Black History Archives are now open to the public and available online.
The Sexual Minorities Archive has detailed why it has moved from Northampton to Holyoke, MA in The Rainbow Times.
WITNESS looks at our responsibilities when including eyewitness videos in archival collections.
How do we avoid a historical bias as we digitize and provide access to online objects that highlight larger collections? Some food for thought.
Freedom of Information
OpenDatSoft has released a map of the world’s open data portals.
Onlinecensorship.org has begun tracking information takedowns by social media sites.
Library Journal has released a pre-pub of an article on perceptions of faculty status for librarians.
Odds and Ends
And the Oxford English Dictionary’s choice for word of the year is . Yes, really.
DPLA has received some really cool GIFs for its GIF It Up challenge.
Have you ever wondered if there was a list of all the archives and special collections on Tumblr? Wonder no more!
An unpublished Charlotte Brontë story and poem – kept in a book her mother had owned – will go on display later this year at the Brontë Museum.