controlaccess: Relevant Subjects in Archives and Related Fields for 2016-4-10

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!


SNAP and the SAA Career Center have an open survey about your use (or nonuse) of the career center and how it can best serve you. Please share your thoughts so we can better serve members!

2016 election results are here. Nominations for 2017 are open!

Members Stephanie Baltzer Kom, Sofia Becerra-Licha, Genna Duplisea, M. Alison Eisendrath, and Elizabeth Joffrion were recently selected to represent SAA on the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums. Congratulations!

There is still time to submit a proposal for the Research Forum, which will be held on August 2 at the Hilton Atlanta. Proposals are due May 16, 2016.

Open Access

SAGE is offering free access to all 940 of their journals for the month of April. You can sign up here.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the The Founders Library at Howard University a national treasure.

A Shakespeare first folio has been found on the Isle of Bute.


The British Library’s oldest Qur’an manuscript is now available online.

A grant from the Ahmanson Foundation will fund key parts of the UCLA Library’s Sinai Library Digitization Project.

Wondering how important digital collections are to modern scholarship? Jisc and ProQuest have a new study out.

Oral History

HistoryMakers is making its digital oral histories of African American Chicago residents available to 10 universities that have signed up for the service. (Also in the article: HistoryMakers also is working with Yale, Harvard and Emory to start a fellowship for minority archivists.)

The Flint Public Library and StoryCorps are starting an oral history project about residents who lived with poisoned water.

The New York Public Library is crowdsourcing transcription for its personal storytellers archive.

Public Records

The Society of Professional Journalists at Central Michigan University conducted a FOIA audit of the state’s 15 public universities and found that it would cost $20,000 to fulfill the requests.


A Wikimedia art database violates Swedish copyright, according to their Supreme Court.

Higher Education

The Faculty 2015 Report is out from Ithaka S + R, examining the behaviors and attitudes of scholars at 4-year colleges and universities throughout the United States.

There were more doctorates awarded in the United States in 2014 than ever before.


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