Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Teaching with Primary Sources Survey

RAO's Teaching with Primary Sources group has a survey they would like you to complete by Friday, January 25, 2013.

The goals for this survey are:
1) to obtain data on current instructional trends among archivists;
2) to identify successful methodologies and resources for instruction; and
3) to identify needs for tools and professional support for archives instruction.

By completing the survey, you will be eligible to WIN one of five copies of the recent publication Past or Portal? Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives, containing nearly 50 widely ranging case studies on engagement with special collections. These books are very generously donated by ACRL!

Deadline to complete the survey: Friday, January 25, 2013
Estimated time to complete the survey: 15-20 minutes

Note that multiple people from a single repository can take the survey.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Seeking Nominations for Archival Advocacy Award

The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2013 award.

Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

Recent Winners:
  • 2012:  Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart
  • 2011:  "Who Do You Think You Are?" (NBC)
  • 2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • 2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)
  • 2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2013 and should be sent to:

J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-4061 

Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details.  For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to:>

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Call for Case Studies: innovative best practices in archives

Dear colleagues, 

I have signed on to edit a series of books for Scarecrow Press highlighting innovative best practices in archives. I’m excited about this opportunity to learn about and share the best examples of how professionals working in archives and special collections are adapting to changes and creatively solving problems.

I’ll be doing a total of four books in this first round, one each on outreach, reference, management, and description. For now, I’m collecting proposals for case studies for the volume on reference and the volume on outreach. If you want to propose a case study, just send me a short (1-2 paragraph) description of the problem you set out to solve, how you solved it, and what the results have been. Please also include the name of the repository, and your job title. Proposals are due by *Thursday, January 31*.

The final case studies should be about 6-7,000 words.

Don’t be intimidated by that word “innovative.” Sometimes we have a tendency to think what we do isn’t that special or unique. Rather than fixate on whether or not what you did was “innovative,” if you’ve implemented something in your archives or special collections library that you think is effective and other people would be interested in, please send me a proposal.

In addition to this open call, I will also be soliciting case study proposals, so if you know of a person or project that you think would be good to include in these volumes on reference and outreach, please let me know about it so that I can follow up. Case study institutions are not have to limited to any specific type of archives or special collections, and are not limited to the U.S. only.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them here on this post or via email. Please send any questions, proposals or suggestions for me  to follow up on to me at

I’ll be putting out separate calls for proposals for the books on management and description, so if you want to participate in those books, stay tuned in the next few months.

Best regards,
Kate Theimer