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!
The 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. Read more and submit your proposal here.
Sixteen candidates are running for the offices of Vice President/President-Elect, Council (Three-year term), Council (One-year term), and Nominating Committee in the forthcoming SAA elections. Review the slate for bios and responses to questions posed by this year’s Nominating Committee. Eligible voters can access their ballots between March 14 and April 3. Stay tuned for further SNAP coverage on the candidates.
The new issue features pieces on introducing primary sources to new student audiences, the Baruch College Archives’s Institute of Public Administration Collection, and a recent collaboration between the State Archives of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of History. Also included are SAA’s first short fiction contest and a preview of the 2016 Joint Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Start reading here.
Other Archival News
The JCAS is pleased to announce the first article published in 2016: “Developing a Typology of Human Rights Records,” by Noah Geraci and Michelle Caswell, both of UCLA. This article addresses the questions: What makes a record a “human rights record”? What types of records fall under this umbrella term? How and why might we develop a typology of such records? What is at stake—ethically, theoretically, and practically—in the ways in which and the reasons why we define and classify records as such? Download a copy of this open access article at the JCAS site. The JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal hosted by Yale University Library and the New England Archivists. Follow the JCAS on Twitter and Facebook.
The Schlesinger Library at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute recently announced acquisition of the papers of African American poet, activist, lesbian, feminist Pat Parker, which will be open to researchers when processed. Poet Adrian Oktenberg described Parker as “the poet laureate of the Black and Lesbian peoples.” Parker’s often autobiographical creative contributions sadly ended in 1989 when she died of breast cancer. Parker’s work has been described as a bridge between the black arts movement and radical lesbian-feminism and according to the Schlesinger, her papers will offer crucial insight into both groups.
Conferences, Papers, & Scholarships
The Diversity, Equity, Race, Accessibility, and Identity in LIS (DERAIL) Forum will take place at Simmons College in Boston, MA on March 26, 2016. The DERAIL Forum will highlight critical approaches to Library and Information Science (LIS) practice to address the gaps in professional standards and curriculum, and leverage the complexity of our individual and collective identities towards development of equitable information systems, environments, and practices. DERAIL is open to all SLIS graduate students in library, archive, children’s literature and cultural heritage studies, and encourages submissions from those without previous experience presenting at conferences. Submissions are due by February 21st, 2016.
Applications for the Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) spring meeting
scholarships are due February 15, 2016. Awards are available to students (2 awards), and new archival professionals (2 awards) with three years or less experience in the
workplace. The Meeting will take place on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Applications and inquiries can be sent via e-mail to Devhra BennettJones at Devhra@Lloydlibrary.org.
IFLA / ACRL / DePaul University 2016 IFLA Satellite Preconference,
“Information and Artifactual Literacies: Engaging Minds in Libraries and Museums”
will be August 11-12, 2016 atDePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. This satellite conference will feature both practice and theory on the myriad ways in which primary sources and museum collections can be integrated into instructional programs. Proposals are welcome from library and museum professionals from around the world, and can include research papers, practical presentations, panels, interactive workshops, pecha kucha/lightning rounds, and poster sessions. Submissions due February 15th: Proposal Submission Form
Odds and Ends
Last Wednesday lawmakers in 16 states introduced bills collectively referred to as Take CTRL, under guidance of the American Civil Liberties Union, aimed to address privacy rights ignored by the current national Congress’s lack of legislative productivity. The state bills address a range of issues, from student and employee privacy to new police surveillance techniques, attempting to limit Congress’s power to collect, share, and store personal data. The bills would collectively cover more than 100 million Americans, according to the ACLU, and hope is that they might pressure Congress into taking federal action.
The Canadian Library Association voted to dissolve on January 27, 2016 citing declining relevance and value. The organization, formed in 1946, has seen declining membership and revenue, and leadership felt it was no longer able to meet member needs. The proposed Canadian Federation of Library Associations would serve as a new centralizing nexus, representing the vision and work of many current national and regional Canadian library organizations.