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https://transcription.si.edu/ Reviewed by Katherine Herrick, University of Missouri [PDF Full Text] Preserving archives has always been a battle against time. The delicate cursive penmanship found in historical collections of letters and the ink-stamped correspondences punched out on typewriters inevitably fade. It can take years for archivists to collect, appraise, arrange, describe, and digitize these documents, yet even after all that work, access can still be a challenge. While...
May 23, 2022   AA Reviews
Edited by Mohamed Taher. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2020. 565 pp. Hardcover and EPUB. $295.00. Hardcover ISBN 9781799883630; EPUB ISBN 9781799883654. Reviewed by Michelle Ganz, Dominican Sisters of Peace Archives [PDF Full Text] This handbook is incredibly timely given the state of the world today where funding for libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) is tight and community access to information is limited. The value of LAM partnerships, where local libraries, archives, and museums can...
May 16, 2022   AA Reviews
KC: What are your responsibilities at East Broad Top Railroad? JR: First, I’m a Lone Arranger. I was hired in April of last year to herald the East Broad Top Railroad’s new Archives and Special Collections program, and I’m pretty much heralding everything from the beginning –  from scratch. I’m actually building the program. The East Broadtop Railroad National Historic landmark was in operation during its Common Carrier Era, as we call it, from its developments...
May 11, 2022   Archives AWARE!
https://tind.io, https://info.tind.io/IR, Facebook, Twitter Reviewed by Nicolette Lodico, Global Information and KM, Ford Foundation [PDF Full Text] TIND.io is an official spin-off of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN is one of the world’s largest centers for scientific research. It’s also where, in March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his first proposal for what became known as the World Wide Web. Quite a pedigree! TIND products are built using the Invenio...
May 10, 2022   AA Reviews
This is the latest post in our series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. In this installment, COPA member Claudia Willett interviews four members of SAA’s newest committee, the Committee on Research, Data and Assessment (CORDA), who provide an update on the Committee and one of its newest initiatives...
May 6, 2022   Archives AWARE!
https://www.blackplaysarchive.org.uk/ Reviewed by Addison D. Faulk, University of South Carolina [PDF Full Text] The UK National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive is an online database dedicated to documenting premier professional theatrical productions written by Black British, African, and Caribbean playwrights in the United Kingdom. “The Black Plays Archive aims to provide a more effective way of making archival material available and easy to access in order to address the forgotten...
May 5, 2022   AA Reviews
Dear colleagues,  SAA’s Mentoring Subcommittee is pleased to open mentee applications for a second round of mentoring cohorts – a group mentoring model intended to complement the traditional one-to-one mentoring of the Mentoring Program. For this second round of cohorts, the Subcommittee is building mentoring cohorts supporting the following communities:  Accessibility & Disability (co-led by Gracen Brilmyer and Gayle Schechter) BIPOC (co-led by Michelle Ganz...
May 5, 2022   Membership Blog
https://preservica.com/ Interview by Rose Buchanan and Stephanie Luke, SAA Reviews Editors [PDF Full Text] Digital archivists and their institutions have a challenging mandate: to preserve and provide access to digitized and born-digital content now and in the future. What software should archivists trust to support this critical work? We asked two digital archivists—Paige Monlux of the Multnomah County Archives (Multnomah County, Oregon) and Kathryn Slover of the University of Texas...
May 5, 2022   AA Reviews
Project: Archives, Astoria Public Library This post is the 11th in the series “Federal Funding Impact Stories,” as published on the ArchivesAWARE blog. As archivists, librarians, and museum professionals, we know how our collections, institutions, and local communities have benefited from grant funding from federal agencies, such as: Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Historical Publications and...
May 4, 2022   Archives AWARE!
By Jacqualine Price Osafo This column originally appeared as the Executive Director’s message in the March/April 2022 issue of Archival Outlook. The first eight months of my tenure as SAA executive director have unsurprisingly been filled with learning about archival work. It’s also included a deep dive into archival advocacy! A significant project has been SAA’s response to recent media reports about former-president Trump’s regular practice of tearing up documents required to...
May 3, 2022   Off the Record
Autumn Johnson is the Special Collections Librarian, Assistant Professor at the Zach S. Henderson Library at Georgia Southern University. What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? I am currently a tenure-track assistant professor and Special Collections Librarian at a large, rural University. Despite my institution’s size, I am somewhat of a lone arranger, overseeing all functions of the Special Collections unit within my library. These include administrative functions...
May 2, 2022   Membership Blog
Cindy Summers has worked in many libraries and library positions over the years. She has been employed at the Cline Library of Northern Arizona University for 23 years in numerous capacities. Five years ago she began working in Special Collections and Archives (SCA) as a classified staff member and found her true calling. She works closely with the archivists in the department, and provide reference service to researchers and our local community. What are your main responsibilities as an...
May 2, 2022   Membership Blog
This is the newest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series. In this post, Harold Housley, Archivist for Architecture, Arts and Design at Arizona State University Library, describes the uniqueness and challenges of Design and Architecture Collections and offers his interpretation of the International Design Day theme, Suspended in Transition. This interview was conducted by Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) member Claudia Willett. Claudia Willett: Let’s start with a brief...
Apr 27, 2022   Archives AWARE!
This is the latest post in our series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. In this installment, COPA member Angie Piccolo interviews Julia Rosenzweig, Minda Matz and Nora Waters about their work on the Lesbian Elders Oral Herstory Project (LEOHP), a project of the the Lesbian Herstory Archives....
Apr 13, 2022   Archives AWARE!
This article originally appeared as the President’s Message in the March/April 2022 issue of Archival Outlook. In my last column, I referenced the “beloved community” as coined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What a fraught word, community. In the new version of SAA’s strategic plan, you’ll see multiple references to “community,” a word that means everything or nothing. If I were to draw you a map of all of the communities I belong to (an exercise I had to do once in a workshop—I challenge...
Apr 5, 2022   Off the Record
The SAA Mentoring Program seeks volunteers to co-lead mentoring cohorts supporting disabled, BIPOC, and LGTBQIA+ archivists. Or feel free to propose your own focus! Cohorts run from June-December and mentors must be members of SAA. Apply by April 22.  Testimonies from past participants: “The ability to collaborate with my co-mentor on discussion topics and facilitation, and the rich balance our different experiences brought to the advice and insight we could provide to our mentees....
Apr 1, 2022   Membership Blog
Drew Bourn is the Historical Curator for the Stanford Medical History Center in the Lane Medical Library at Stanford University. What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? I oversee the Stanford Medical History Center, which is the archives and rare books collection at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. My responsibilities include collections development and management, outreach, interpretive projects, such as exhibits and presentations, reference and research support,...
Apr 1, 2022   Membership Blog
This is the latest entry in our Archives + Audiences series, which features the perspectives of archival audiences – scholars, journalists, filmmakers, artists, activists, and more – for whom archives have been an important part of their life and work. In this post, Tiffany Warmowski, the Chair of the History and Museum Committee with the MacMurray Foundation & Alumni Association discusses the MacMurray Archives and its new home at the Jacksonville Area Museum. MacMurray College located in...
Mar 9, 2022   Archives AWARE!
This interview is part of the Archives + Audiences series on the ArchivesAWARE blog. The Archives + Audiences series features the perspectives of archival audiences – scholars, journalists, filmmakers, artists, activists, and more – for whom archives have been an important part of their life and work. The ArchivesAWARE blog is ran by the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA), under the auspices of the Society of American Archivists. In this installment, Archivist and COPA Member, Rachael...
Mar 2, 2022   Archives AWARE!
M. Michelle Chiles is the Head of the Providence College Archives and Special Collections What are your main responsibilities as an archivist? I am the Head of Archives and Special Collections at Providence College, a private Catholic college in Providence Rhode Island. I am responsible for all aspects of managing the College archives including institutional records, manuscript collections, and rare books. I supervise a small staff and work closely with my Library colleagues, faculty, and...
Mar 1, 2022   Membership Blog
Valerie founded and runs the business Valerie Metzler Archivist/Historian What do you like most about your work? What’s most challenging? I learn so much! Each job offers something new and interesting. Most challenging are the times when my client pool requires a lot of travel each month. What are some career accomplishments you’re most proud of? 2020 made me aware of how grateful I should be for my, now, 37 years in private practice. So, not only was I not affected by the...
Mar 1, 2022   Membership Blog
The Society of American Archivists stands in solidarity with Ukrainian memory workers in this dark time. We also stand with our colleagues of Ukrainian and Russian heritage who live in the United States; we recognize their fear and anger as they protest the actions of Russia, and demonstrate concern for their loved ones either facing armed conflict, or protesting in their home countries. We join the International Council on Archives to provide assistance to those working in neighboring...
Feb 25, 2022   Off the Record
This is the newest post in our There’s an Archivist for That! series, which features examples of archivists working in places you might not expect. In this article, Camri Kohler talks about her job as the Archivist for PBS Utah. 1. How did you get your gig? While I was in grad school at the University of Utah, I worked part-time as an AV archival project assistant at the Marriott Library, specializing primarily in U-matic tapes. Then once I graduated with my MLIS, AV specialists in...
Feb 23, 2022   Archives AWARE!
Jesse R. Erickson As the United States continues to confront systemic racism on several fronts, archival repositories are rethinking the idea of space and how it pertains to inclusivity. A leader among these conversations is Dr. Jesse Erickson, author of “The Gentleman’s Ghost: Patriarchal Eurocentric Legacies in Special Collections,” published in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation (2020) and Astor curator and department head of Printed Books and...
Feb 18, 2022   Archives In Context
By Claire Strom and Rachel Walton. Society of American Archivists, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, 2020. Case No. 16. https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/TWPSCase_16_Engaging_History_Majors.pdf Reviewed by Sebastian Modrow, Syracuse University [PDF Full Text] The use of primary sources is a historian’s “bread and butter,” and it is often an archivist or special collections librarian who serves as the steward of this type of source material. In history education...
Feb 16, 2022   AA Reviews
This interview is part of the Archival Innovators series on the ArchivesAWARE blog. The Archival Innovator series aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. The ArchivesAWARE blog is ran by the Committee on Public Awareness (COPA), under the auspices of the Society of American Archivists. In this installment, Archivist and COPA...
Feb 16, 2022   Archives AWARE!
This article originally appeared as the President’s Message in the January/February 2022 issue of Archival Outlook. I have always been suspicious of resolu­tions timed with the new year. Why should an arbitrary calendar determine my self-reflection and decision to eat better/drink less/exercise more/read more/watch every Denzel film/change my life be tied to a specific day? Making the decision to change is easy and sticking to it is hard. Culturally speaking, the new year is a convenient...
Feb 10, 2022   Off the Record
This is the latest post in our series Archival Innovators, which aims to raise awareness of individuals, institutions, and collaborations that are helping to boldly chart the future of the archives profession and set new precedents for the role of archivists in society. In this installment, Archivist and COPA Early Career Member, Kristi Chanda, interviews Mary Kidd. Mary Kidd currently works in the Preservation and Collections Processing Department at the New York Library as their...
Feb 2, 2022   Archives AWARE!
Lauren White works at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library. Lauren is a member of the SAA Mentoring Subcommittee, Midwest Archives Conference, Nominating Committee member, and a Certified Archivist. Lauren joined the Gerald Ford Presidential Library in January 2020 after 8 years in academic archives at multiple midwestern universities (with positions at Western Michigan University, Purdue University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Michigan). What are some career...
Feb 1, 2022   Membership Blog
Rusty Heckaman is the Research Room Supervisor at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. What do you like most about your work? What’s most challenging? Since graduating with my MLS from Indiana University in 2009, I’ve been employed as an archivist in a variety of positions and among many types of institutions. These have included private corporate archives, a non-profit advocacy organization, a local municipality, and now state government. While my professional title and...
Feb 1, 2022   Membership Blog
Amy Cooper Cary is Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University, and Editor of the American Archivist. Professional Work: Society of American Archivists:SAA Fellow, Inducted August 2018; Council Member, August 2015 — August 2018; Multiple committees including SAA Nominating Committee, Education Committee, Manuscript Repositories Section, Awards Committee, Women Archivists Roundtable, and the SAA Annual Meeting Program...
Feb 1, 2022   Membership Blog
Amy Cooper Cary Stacie Williams Interested in publishing with the Society of American Archivists? Cohosts Anna Trammell and Chris Burns talk with SAA Publications Editor Stacie Williams and American Archivist Editor Amy Cooper Cary about the many publishing opportunities that SAA offers. Williams and Cooper Cary provide an overview of these opportunities and ways that archivists of all experience levels can engage in scholarship, and they discuss their own personal journeys as...
Jan 31, 2022   Archives In Context