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!
SAA is seeking interns to serve on several appointed groups for the 2016–2017 term. If you are a graduate student or new professional looking to become more involved in the profession, see the official call and submission form here. Deadline to apply: March 17.
Nominate an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the archives profession. SAA offers a variety of opportunities for professional recognition and financial assistance through the naming of Fellows, an awards competition, and scholarships. Learn more about these recognitions here and submit your nomination by February 28.
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, and check out SNAP’s Candidate Interviews which will continue into March. Eligible voters can access their ballots between March 14 and April 3.
SAA’s Intellectual Property Working Group submitted a February 18 comment to the Register of Copyrights regarding the DMCA’s impact on archives, in which President Dennis Meissner notes, “SAA is convinced that section 1201 has the potential to harm archivists’ ability to identify, acquire, and preserve records that ensure the rights of individuals and document American culture.”
SAA is accepting abstracts for the 10th Annual Research Forum,“Foundations and Innovations!” If you are currently engaged in research, seeking to identify research-based solutions for your institution, willing to participate in the research cycle by serving as a beta site for research trial, or interested in what’s happening in research and innovation, consider submitting to the Forum: Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 1, 2016.
Other Archival News
In a recent installment, podcast This is Reno featured the founders of the Nevada LGBT Archives, Jeff Auer and Nicholas-Martin Kearney. The archive grew out of a National Parks Service theme study announced in 2014, aimed at identifying places and events associated with the story of LGBTQ Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service.
The Carter G. Woodson Library in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood is home to the Midwest’s largest collection of African-American literature. The Vivian G. Harsh Collection, named for Chicago’s first African-American librarian, features genealogy records and original manuscripts from notable African American authors. The collection is now at risk due to the building’s fragile state. The Endeleo Institute, a non-profit focused on building up Chicago’s Washington Heights community working with residents towards saving the Woodson and its collection, has been embroiled in a negotiations with the city since 2013 over the direction of the project.
Conferences, Papers, & Scholarships
Practical Technology for Archives is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal focused on the practical application of technology to address challenges encountered in working with archives. Submissions may be full articles, brief tips and techniques, AV tutorials, reviews (tools, software, books), or post-grant technical reports. Submission should be sent to: Practical Technology for Archives, Randall Miles, Managing Editor, email@example.com. Proposals due March 18.
The 13th annual iPRES, International Conference on Digital Preservation, held in Bern, Switzerland, October 3-6, 2016, is seeking contributions that present original work about research initiatives and innovative practices in digital preservation. Topics include preservation strategies and workflows,digital preservation frameworks, infrastructure, systems, and tools, domain-specific challenges, case studies, best practices and novel challenges, and training and education. Workshop, Tutorial and Panel submissions are due April 1, 2016. Paper and Poster submissions are due April 15, 2016.
Odds and Ends
The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) Audio-Visual Working Group released version 1.1 of “Audio Analog-to-Digital Converter Performance Specification and Test Method Guideline (High Level Performance)” on February 17th. This is an update of version 1.0, published in 2012. The Working Group seeks review and comment on the guideline, with a deadline of May 30, 2016. Comments may be sent to the FADGI comments page or to Kate Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).