controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2016-1-17

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!


If you’re interested in serving on one of SAA’s appointed committees, you need to self-nominate by January 20, 2016.

Students: have you submitted your poster or paper proposal for SAA 2016? The deadline is February 3, 2016.

Speaking of ARCHIVES 2016, the registration rates were released, but you can’t register until April 15, 2016.

The Fall/Winter 2015 issue of The American Archivist is now available digitally.

Government & Politics

The House of Representatives passed a bill to shorten FOIA wait times.

Public comment is sought on the revised National Historical Publications and Records Commission Strategic Plan Framework. The comment period closes February 1, 2016.

The BIBFRAME Pilot is underway, and the Library of Congress has put out a presentation.

Wisconsin has scrapped its plan to redefine transitory records.


Harvard is digitizing 4,500 petitions on Native American affairs that came before the Massachusetts legislature between 1640 and 1870.

Should we remove racist and offensive terms from historical records?


How MoMA changed the field of film presentation.

If you’ve ever wondered why old film is sometimes pink

Digital Preservation

NPR asks if future historians will consider these the digital dark ages?

Restoration and preservation of digital film files is sixteen times more expensive than celluloid, according to Milton Shefter.

How to preserve your work before the internet eats it.


Library Journal has an in-depth look at the diversified fundraising landscape available to libraries – a lot of which is applicable to all GLAMS.

Get Involved

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference will hold its spring meeting in Pittsburgh on April 14-16. The call for graduate posters ends Friday, January 29, 2016.

The International Council on Archives will hold its next congress in Seoul, South Korea on September 5-10. The call for proposals ends Monday, February 1, 2016.

Just Because

The University of Michigan Library has released the 10 most played games from its Computer & Video Game Archive in 2015.