controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2015-12-20

This is the weekly roundup of headlines in and around archives, including some library, museum, digital humanities, and information science things as well. If you see something we’ve missed, please email us!


Call for Volunteers to Serve on SAA-Appointed Groups

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Nancy McGovern is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2016. Review the list of open appointments and the volunteer formDeadline: January 20, 2016.

Winner of the Archives Short Fiction Contest

The winner of the first-ever Archives Short Fiction Contest is Stephanie Vaillant, for her story “A Silent Promise.” In addition, there were two honorable mentions: Laura Millar for “Principles of Provenance” and JoyEllen Freeman for “Coco Mio.” Read their stories here.

SAA continued

Members Dues Increase Approved

A Council-proposed dues increase has been approved in an all-member referendum, with 71% voting in favor. The increase will take effect on July 1. For the full schedule and other details, please see the Briefing Paper.

November Council Minutes approved 

Browse the minutes of the November 8-10 Council meeting here.

Other Archival News

New Report on Personal Digital Archiving

Personal Digital Archiving is the Topic of a New Digital Preservation Coalition Reviewed Report by Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Andrew W. Mellon again funds CLIR Hidden Collections program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CLIR $4.34 million to support a second year of the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections grant program in 2016.

Cultural Heritage

NYPL to renovate Schomburg Center

The New York Public Library unveiled plans for a $22 million renovation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of the world’s leading research and cultural institutions devoted to the black experience.

New framework for preserving digital art objects

New white paper from Cornell University on “Preserving and Emulating Digital Art Objects” was just released. Funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the project efforts to design a framework for preserving access to digital art objects, the Preservation and Access Frameworks for Digital Art Objects project (PAFDAO).

Maine Photo Projects comes to a close

Visit the Maine Photo Project in its closing weeks! This statewide collaboration of 32 different museums, historical societies, libraries, and other nonprofit cultural organizations includes efforts to explore and challenge the ways Mainers picture themselves—and expand the historical narrative to include those traditionally excluded.

Simmons grad students develop digital scrapbook of notable women

Students in Simmons College School of Library and Information Science’s Digital Libraries course have created the Blanche Castleman Link Digital Scrapbook as part of the ongoing Notable Women of Simmons College Digital Project, which captures and makes accessible the lives of early Simmons College women.

Conference Participation

SAA’s 2016 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions—a paper session and a poster session—dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting in Atlanta, July 31–August 6, 2016. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals are due February 3, 2016. Info and submissions here.

The Mountain West Chapter of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is accepting applications for the Winberta Yao Travel Award. The recipient of the Winberta Yao Travel Award will receive $1000 to help cover registration/travel expenses to support attendance at the 44th annual ARLIS/NA conference being held jointly with VRA in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is soliciting proposals for presentations at its 50th annual conference, Recorded Sound in the 21st Century: Preserving, Collecting, Collaborating and Connecting, to be held May 11-14, 2016, on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

Odds and Ends

Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, often credited with helping create the modern internet, and Bruce Cole, senior fellow at the Ethics and Policy Center and former two-term chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, headline the 22nd Annual Adams Lecture in the Humanities on Jan. 26, 2016 at San Diego State University. The two will discuss “The Future of the Humanities in a Digital Age.”



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