Weekly News Roundup – February 23, 2018

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The ICA/SUV is pleased to be working with the Conferencia De Archiveros Universitarios Españoles (CAU) to organize a joint conference 3-5 October in Salamanca, Spain.

The conference theme is centered on achieving a better understanding of how, and in what ways, archives contribute value to their parent institutions.  It will explore how those challenges may vary based on the authorizing documents and institutional setting of the archives, and it will consider opportunities and challenges against the backdrop of new technologies, digital humanities, user communities, and standardization of professional practices.

To make sure that you have enough time to prepare a strong proposal for the conference program, the submission deadline has just been extended. But do not delay too long–all proposals must be submitted by the end of Wednesday 28 February.

Meanwhile, please note that the editors of ICA’s journal Comma will devote a special issue in 2019 to include the conference proceedings.  All confirmed speakers will be invited to submit their papers, with revisions appropriate for publication, by 31 December 2018.  Conference presentations must be in English or Spanish, but when you prepare your revision for Comma it may be in English, Spanish, or French.

For the full Call for Proposals for the October ICA/SUV – CAU conference, please go to the following website:

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Weekly News Roundup – February 9, 2018

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Calls for papers

  • ENDS TODAY! Archival workshop for historic financial collections.
  • February 15, 2018 – Women & Collections issue of Collections: A Journal for Archive and Museum Professionals.
  • February 28, 2018 – Textual Heritage and Information Technologies – El’Manuscript conference on medieval manuscripts in Krems, Austria.
  • April 30, 2018 – Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship (CJAL) special issue on diversity.

Weekly News Roundup February 9, 2018

New Projects

ASCL awarded funding for new research project: Digitizing Dogon heritageThis project aims at digitally recording and safeguarding part of the immaterial cultural heritage of the Dogon in Mali. Research activities on the ground will be done by Dogon researchers, guided by the consortium which consists of the African Studies Centre Leiden, University College London and Institut des mondes africaines in Paris. Project partners in Mali are the National Museum in Bamako, the UNESCO office in Mali and Ginna Dogon, the association that represents the Dogon in cultural matters. The full title of the project is ‘DigiDogon: Digitizing Dogon heritage. The legacy of Abirè, the Dogon prophet’. It is one of eight transnational research projects in the JPI Cultural Heritage programme.

The UK Web Archive Ebola Outbreak collection. Next month marks the four year anniversary of the WHO’s public announcement of “a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD)” that went on to become the deadliest outbreak of EVD in history. Searching online now, you can find fact sheets detailing everything you might want to know about patient zero and the subsequent rapid spread of infection. You can find discussions detailing the international response (or failure to do so) and lessons learned. You might even find the reminiscences of aid workers and survivors. But these sites all examine the outbreak in retrospect and their pages and stories have been updated so often that posts from then can no longer be found. The Ebola collection is available via the UK Web Archive’s new beta interface.

Hausa Popular Fiction at SOAS. This week’s blog comes from Dawn Wright, SOAS subject Librarian for Africa, and looks at the Furniss Collection (E Coll 7), a collection of Hausa Popular Fiction made by Professor Graham Furniss (former Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, University of London) and acquired by SOAS Library in 2008. The collection was amongst a larger selection of Hausa materials from the Library’s collections on display for a recent visit to SOAS in December 2017, by Professor Muhammed Yahuza Bello (Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University Kano) and Dr Aliyu Muazu (Head of Department of African Languages at BUK).

African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia. February 6th marks the opening of a new display, “African Scribes: Manuscript Culture of Ethiopia,” in the British Library’s Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. It will be the first exhibit to be held at the Library devoted entirely to Ethiopian manuscripts, exploring the culture of a manuscript tradition which extends back to the early centuries of the Christian era. The Ethiopian collections in the British Library include over 500 manuscripts most of which are written in Ge’ez and were acquired from the mid-eighteenth century onwards. The collection is especially strong in illuminated manuscripts of the 16th and 17th centuries and also contains, in addition to biblical texts, an important collection of Ethiopian magical and divinatory scrolls. On display is a selection of twelve exhibits chosen to demonstrate the arts of painting and calligraphy besides serving as an introduction to Ethiopian literary traditions.

 ICA invites you to celebrate the International Archives Day on Saturday 9 June 2018, on the theme of the ICA Yaoundé Conference 2018 #Archives : #Governance #Memory and #Heritage – For more info and to download the #IAD18 communication kit http://bit.ly/2H2ypZG 

Recuerda consultar el Boletín digital de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Archivos @ALAArchivos de febrero en: http://bit.ly/2GSF2h3


4th Croatian ICARUS days & EURBICA Conference. The European Archival Landscape: Reaching out for new Horizons (March 14-16, 2018). This conference is comprised of contributions presenting a variety of digitization activities focused on the protection of written heritage as well as contributions introducing current archival projects and programmes across Europe such as “community as opportunity (co:op)“, Monasterium, Matricula, the Topotheque and the Time Machine FET Flagship Project: http://icar-us.eu/en/event/english-4th-croatia-icarus-days-eurbica-conference/

SCOLMA Annual Conference. ‘Things come together?: Literary archives from, in and for Africa.’ Monday 10 September 2018, University of Birmingham. Call for papers: http://scolma.org/event/call-for-papers-things-come-together-literary-archives-from-in-and-for-africa/

Weekly News Roundup – February 2, 2018

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* An Internet Archive Seeks to Rekindle the Egyptian Revolution’s Spirit, The Atlantic, January 25, 2018,

* Hong Kong democracy activists urge UK to release unseen files — Foreign Office still holding back tens of thousands of files now eligible for release after 20 years, The Guardian, Feb 4, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/04/hong-kong-democracy-activists-urge-uk-release-unseen-files-foreign-office


*Symposium on Refugee Rights in Records (Proceedings Available)
January 10, 2018, Budapest, Hungary

* Rights to Culture: Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property,
Copyright and Protocols. These principles were created by Terri Janke, an Indigenous owned Australian law firm, specializing in Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and Commercial Law. “The principles apply to projects that work with Indigenous people and communities and offer an outline for working with Indigenous peoples to protect ICIP.” http://www.terrijanke.com.au/single-post/2018/01/29/Rights-to-Culture-Indigenous-Cultural-and-Intellectual-Property-ICIP-Copyright-and-Protocols

*Article (pre-print) – The Right to Be Forgotten and Implications on Digital
Collections: a Survey of Association of Research Libraries Member
Institutions on Practice and Policy –January 22, 2018:

* Research paper: Thomas McMahon, Creating the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Proactive Disclosure Under the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Act (February 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

*Washington, DC, January 31, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today released a prototype proof of concept for the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The prototype was developed in partnership with the Antiquities Coalition, Qatar National Library, and Stanford Libraries, and in service to and collaboration with institutional and individual collaborators throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. http://dlme.clir.org/2018/01/31/announcing-digital-library-middle-east-prototype/

* From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich
literary history freely available online:http://www.bl.uk/press-releases/2018/january/from-beowulf-to-chaucer-the-british-library-makes-1000-years-of-rich-literary-history-freely-available-online

* In its meeting in the Archivo Nacional de la Nación-México in November 2017 the Executive Board endorsed Dr. Anthea Seles as the next Secretary General of the ICA. In her speech Dr. Seles spoke enthusiastically on the value of the archives and archivists to society, as well as shared her ambitious visions for the future activities of the ICA with the Board.


*The European Archival Landscape: Reaching out for new Horizons Split – Trogir, HR – 14-16 March 2018 please be invited to the 4th Croatian ICARUS Days and EURBICA Conference “The European Archival Landscape: Reaching out for new Horizons” which will take place from 14-16 March 2018  in Split – Trogir (HR).

Registration is open until 20 February 2018. More info: http://icar-us.eu/en/event/english4th-croatia-icarus-days-eurbica-conference/

* Things Come Together?: Literary Archives from, in and for Africa*
September 10, 2018, University of Birmingham

Weekly News Roundup – January 26, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

White-gloved archivist in Nova Scotia celebrates a long career in preserving local history.

Human Rights Working Group’s recent  newsletter published –  ICA HRWG News 2017-12

Major digitization program announced in Kazakhstan. Massive creation of digital files will undoubtedly raise issues of data analysis and archiving.

Cultural heritage preservation efforts underway in Qatar and Sudan as part of international collaboration with Swiss experts.

Newly deciphered manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls at Haifa University.



Appel à contributions: Conférence ICA Yaoundé 2018 « Archives: Gouvernance, Mémoire et Patrimoine »

L’ICA tiendra sa Conférence annuelle 2018 à Yaoundé, Cameroun, du 26 au 28 novembre.

La conférence ICA Yaounde 2018 promet d’être une expérience unique et inoubliable dans l’une des villes les plus dynamiques du monde.

Le Comité du Programme vous invite à proposer des présentations, des tables rondes ou des ateliers liées aux trois thèmes de la Conférence: Gouvernance, Mémoire et Patrimoine. Dans le cadre de ces trois thèmes, la Conférence visera deux axes supplémentaires : les enjeux panafricains concernant les archives et le défi du développement durable.

L’échéance pour envoyer votre proposition est le 31 mars 2018 (23:59:59 CET). Vous devez soumettre votre proposition sur la plateforme qui se trouve sur https://openconf.org/ICAYaounde2018/openconf.php?locale=fr

Les propositions peuvent être rédigées en français ou en anglais. Merci de noter que les personnes sélectionnées pour présenter leur travail devront également s’inscrire et assister à la Conférence.

Si vous avez des questions sur cet Appel à Communications, vous pouvez vous adresser au Comité du Programme auprès de Jessica Squires, Responsable de programme via squires@ica.org


Call for submissions : ICA Yaounde 2018 “Archives : Governance, Memory and Heritage”

The ICA will hold its 2018 Annual Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon, from 26 to 28 November.

The ICA Yaounde 2018 Conference promises to be a unique and unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

The Programme Committee hereby invites proposals for presentations, panel sessions, workshops, and other contributions related to the three conference themes: Governance, Memory, and Heritage. Within these three themes, the conference will focus on two additional topics: Pan-African issues in archives and the challenge of sustainable development.

The deadline to submit your proposal is 31 March 2018 (23:59:59 Paris Time). You must submit your proposal via the platform at https://openconf.org/ICAYaounde2018/openconf.php?locale=en

Papers may be submitted in French or English. Please note that those selected to present will be required to register for and attend the conference.

Questions about possible submissions may be directed to the Programme Committee via Jessica Squires, Programme Officer, ICA, at squires@ica.org


Convocatoria para presentar trabajos: La Conferencia ICA Yaundé 2018 “Archivos : Gobernanza, Memoria y Patrimonio”

El ICA llevará a cabo su Conferencia Anual 2018 en Yaundé, Camerún, del 26 al 28 de noviembre.

La Conferencia ICA Yaounde 2018 promete ser una experiencia única e inolvidable en una de las ciudades más dinámicas del mundo.

El Comité del Programa por medio de la presente le da la bienvenida a las propuestas de presentaciones, mesas redondas, talleres, entre otras contribuciones relacionadas a los tres temas de la conferencia: Gobernanza, Memoria y Patrimonio. Dentro de estos tres temas, la conferencia se concentrará en dos enfoques adicionales: Asuntos archivísticos panafricanos y el desafío del desarrollo sustentable.

La fecha límite de entrega es el 31 de marzo del 2018 (23:59 CET). Debe enviar su propuesta en la plataforma localizada en https://openconf.org/ICAYaounde2018/openconf.php?locale=es

Las propuestas pueden estar redactadas en francés o en inglés. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que aquellos seleccionados deberán registrarse y participar a la conferencia.

Las preguntas sobre posibles envíos pueden ser realizadas al Comité del Programa mediante Jessica Squires, Responsable del Programa vía squires@ica.org


Weekly News Roundup January 17, 2018

In honor of Haiti and Haitian Americans, we would like to remember that on January 12, 2010 a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. In response a group of libraries, under the umbrella of LLMC Digital, launched a project to preserve, digitize, and provide open access to Haiti Legal Patrimony Project. The resulting digital collection is now available at the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC).

Regarding natural disasters in 2017, the SAA has expanded the eligibility for the National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives. See the call here. En español aquí.

In Mexico, the Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú Oaxaca is evaluating the damage that the September 2017 earthquakes caused to historical monuments and the state’s libraries to begin recovery plans:


An American librarian went to Puerto Rico, a US territory, to work with the University of Puerto Rico to help libraries restore books that were damaged in Hurricane Maria. See article here. ALA president-elect is now in Puerto Rico visiting damaged libraries. See news release here.

In a happier, Mexico opens to the public the new reading room of the National Archives. See here.

UK National Archives celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Shakespeare’s documents as part of the International Memory of the World Programme: http://socsi.in/7CXxr 

African countries, such as Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Ghana show much higher open access that rich Western countries: https://peerj.com/preprints/3520.pdf

Some of the talks presented at 2017 ALA-ICA Annual Conference are now available online, including that of SAA president Tanya Zanish-Belcher: bit.ly/2mcfn9O 

Conference Calls

2018 IFLA International News Media Conference’s theme is When Risk becomes Real, Preserving News becomes Critical. Deadline to submit proposals: January 26.  See call for papers.

IFLA is Coming to Greece: World Library and Information Congress 2019 to be held in Athens


Weekly News Roundup, January 5, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

* South Sudan: archivists fear loss of legacy texts, Al Jazeera, Jan 3, 2018,

* Slovenia – Former secret police members withdraw suit against archives
researcher, Jan 3, 2018, http://english.sta.si/2467324/former-secret-police-members-withdraw-suit-against-archives-researcher

* Germany – Stasi files: scanner struggles to stitch together surveillance
state scraps, The Guardian, Jan 3, 2018, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/03/stasi-files-east-germany-archivists-losing-hope-solving-worlds-biggest-puzzle

* Researching Queer Archives from the Soviet Union, Hyperallergic blog,

* The Canadian Parliament has passed legislation amending the Statistics Act to remove any restrictions on access to the historical census after 92 years for the 2021 Census and beyond. (Statutes of Canada 2017. Chapter 31. section 18.1(1)), http://www.parl.ca/Content/Bills/421/Government/C-36/C-36_4/C-36_4.PDF

Based on a compromise between Statistics Canada and Library and Archives Canada, people who completed the census in 2006, 2011 and 2016 had to give consent to allow research access after 92 years. The background of the controvery and history of the compromise is described in: Terry Cook and Bill Waiser, „Securing Public Access to Historic Census Materials in Canada,” in:  Cheryl Avery and Mona Holmlund (eds.), Better Off Forgetting? Essays on archives, public policy and collective Memory (University of Toronto Press, 2010)

See also: The Census War is now over,

New Resources

* The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, vol. 4 (2017) (special issue on the Governance of Digital Memories in the Era of Big Data),

*IFLA – Libraries and the Cultural Rights of Women, Lessons from the Women, Information and Libraries Special Interest Group Satellite Conference, August 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia,

“Archives in Liquid Times”: a new Publication about Philosophy and Theory on Archives, edited by Frans Smit, Arnoud Glaudemans and Rienk Jonker. It is available

as a free digital download in PDF and in E-pub format.

* Video – The Book Thieves: the Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries & the
Race to Return a Literary Inheritance, http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8150

Calls and Events

International Principles of Access to Archives, Keynote lecture by Trudy Huskamp Peterson, March 1, 2018, Iowa City

* Call for presentations for the 49th Annual Conference of IASA, from 1-4 October 2018, at the Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Conference theme: Access and Accessibility – Archival Policies and Barriers in the Age of Global Information Exchange

Open and equal access to information is in high demand, yet may be impeded by social, cultural, and economic barriers. The question of access at the same time encourages discussions on the technical, legal, and practical modes of accessibility.

The programme committee for the IASA 2018 conference invites proposals focused on the prospects and limitations of global and local access and accessibility to audiovisual archives, as well as on issues of discovery, care, preservation and dissemination of our sound and audiovisual heritage.

Possible sub-themes include:

  • Connecting users, materials, and communities
  • Using semantic technologies to aid description and access
  • Language diversity and oral history collections – best practices of accessibility
  • Digital preservation methods for efficient access

The programme will include papers, posters, tutorials, and practical workshops. The call for presentations is now open. Please submit your proposal by using the online submission form at: http://2018.iasa-web.org/call-presentations

***The deadline for submissions is 23 February 2018 ***

Note: Accommodation, traveling and subsistence costs are the responsibility of the presenters. All attendees, including presenters, are also required to register and pay the registration fee in advance of the first conference day. IASA members may apply for a IASA Travel Award to assist with their travel costs.

Visit the IASA 2018 conference website for details and regular updates: http://2018.iasa-web.org/