Call for Submissions: Special Issue on Archival Education and Human Rights InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies In a recent article in American Archivist, a group of some two-dozen archival faculty and doctoral students from programs around the world called on archival educators to develop a new educational framework that both reflects and … Read more CFP: Archival Education and Human Rights
Genre in Theory, Practice and Research Call for Papers: Archival Science Genre can be defined as a pattern of communication that conforms to community norms. Genres are not fixed, but are constantly evolving and emerging. Examples of familiar genres range from speech utterances to publications, from text messages to databases, from blogs to formal reports. … Read more Call for Papers: Genre in Theory, Practice and Research (Archival Science)
Media in Transition 7 (MiT 7), a small conference at MIT, is starting Friday and running ’till Sunday. I will be there; if you will be there too please say hello. Anyone wanting to follow the Twitter hash tag can look for #mit7.
Title: Archival Anxiety and the Vocational Calling Author: Richard J. Cox Price: $35.00 ISBN: 978-1-936117-49-9 6″ by 9″ 372 Pages Published: March 2011 Richard J. Cox’s fifteenth book on archival studies related topics, this collection of essays responds to anxieties affecting the archival profession as societal changes highlight the importance of archives and records-keeping and … Read more New book from Richard J. Cox: Archival Anxiety and the Vocational Calling
I recommend a post by James Jacobs on the freegovinfo.info site and the comments following it for a good summary of the debate over Wikileaks within the library community.
Petition to support NARA’s investigation into CIA destruction of records pertaining to torture sites
Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to not bring criminal charges against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for the destruction of federal records: videotapes of the torture of detainees at CIA black sites. The destruction of these records is a clear violation of the Federal Records Act, which DOJ should have pursued. The decision … Read more Petition to support NARA’s investigation into CIA destruction of records pertaining to torture sites
Restoring Order: The Ecole des Chartes and the Organization of Archives and Libraries in France, 1820-1870 This book is on sale through November and December if purchased through the website (using the link above). Regular price is $32, sale price is $20. We have excess inventory of this title and need to sell some copies.
The current issue of Interactions has a review of Richard Cox’s latest book, Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections, and Ruminations. The review, by Kim Anderson, gives a thorough description of the book.
I have posted Chapter One of John Ridener’s From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory to the Litwin Books website. The chapter is called Why Study Archival Theory? and is a good introduction to the book…
MIT has posted podcasts from the five plenary sessions at Media in Transition 6, at the Comparative Media Studies program’s podcast page. The plenary sessions were on “Archives and History,” “New Media, Civic Media,” “Institutional Perspectives on Storage,” “The Future of Publishing,” and “Summary Perspectives.” I think these plenary sessions were the best part of … Read more Media in Transition 6 – Podcasts
I attended Media in Transition 6: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission in Cambridge, MA, April 24-26. (Follow that link for a summary of what the conference was about.) Here are my thoughts about the conference after returning home. Of primary interest to me, coming from Duluth, MN, where it was below freezing yesterday, was … Read more Media in Transition 6… Reactions…
If you’re like me, you work in a library that is facing tough decisions (no irony intended by that cliché phrase) as a result of budget cuts during the economic crisis. The choice between cutting staff and cutting the budget for materials is the easy one – protect the people who work in the library … Read more The economic crisis and the preservation function of libraries
Richard J. Cox has posted a review of John Ridener’s From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory. Thanks to Dr. Cox for the review.
The African Studies Center with MATRIX digital humanities center at Michigan State University’s announce the launch of the new African Activist Archive Project (http://africanactivist.msu.edu). This project is preserving records and memories of activism in the United States that supported the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the … Read more African Activist Archive Project
Richard J. Cox‘s new book is Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations, just out from Litwin Books this January. I searched around and found a fairly recent article by Dr. Cox that gets into some of the issues that he develops further in the book. If you’d like to get … Read more Machines in the Archives
From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory Author: John Ridener Price: $22.00 Published: February 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9802004-5-4 Printed on acid-free paper From Polders to Postmodernism is a broad ranging history of the conception and development of the theories that have guided archivists in their work from the late 19th through the early … Read more From Polders to Postmodernism: A Concise History of Archival Theory
Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling:Readings, Reflections and Ruminations Author: Richard J. Cox Price: $35.00 Published: January 2009 ISBN: 978-0-9802004-7-8 Printed on acid-free paper In Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations, Richard J. Cox argues that personal archives might be assuming a new importance in society. As the technical … Read more Richard J. Cox – Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling
From Lincoln Cushing to the PLG list: The “Archives of Dissent” panel held at U.C. Berkeley 9/18/2008 can now be seen on YouTube: It includes presentations by: • Julie Herrada, Labadie Collection Librarian, University of Michigan, and curator of a “1968” special exhibit. The Labadie Collection is an internationally renowned archive of social protest materials. … Read more Archives of Dissent – video of conference
Media in Transition 6: stone and papyrus, storage and transmission International Conference April 24-26, 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology CALL FOR PAPERS (MIT site) In his seminal essay “The Bias of Communication” Harold Innis distinguishes between time-based and space-based media. Time-based media such as stone or clay, Innis agues, can be seen as durable, while … Read more Call for papers: Media in Transition 6: stone and papyrus, storage and transmission
Minerva Research Initiative: Searching for the Truth or Denying the Iraqis the Rights to Know the Truth? by Saad Eskander, Iraq National Library and Archives “What has prompted me to write this paper is the continuing refusal of the U.S. to pay serious attention to Iraqi calls for the repatriation of the Iraqi records illegally … Read more The Minerva Controversy (Saad Eskander, Iraq National Library)