controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-11-22

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!


Have you voted on the dues referendum? Here’s a blog post from SAA President Dennis Meissner explaining the rationale for the change.

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.

UNESCO has adopted a new normative instrument for the preservation of documentary heritage.


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.

Records Management

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.

Underrepresented Voices

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.

Archival Ethics

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. has begun tracking information takedowns by social media sites.

Academic Libraries

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 1f602. 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.