Intergenerational Conversations: Reflecting on the Work of John Fleckner

By Rose Buchanan, John Fleckner, Rand Jimerson, and Stephanie Luke [PDF Full Text] Since the American Archivist Reviews Portal was established in 2011, it has served as a forum for archivists to discuss the software, digital collections, media, and best practices that impact their daily work. In that time, contributors have reviewed over 80 archives-related … Continue reading Intergenerational Conversations: Reflecting on the Work of John Fleckner

The Disability Archive UK

https://disability-studies.leeds.ac.uk/library/ Reviewed by Bailey Adolph, University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections and Archives [PDF Full Text] The Disability Archive UK is an extension of the University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies, which is an interdisciplinary network of STEM, humanities, and social sciences researchers. The Centre’s goal is to achieve social justice and equality through … Continue reading The Disability Archive UK

The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer

By Janelle Monáe. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2022. 321 pp. Hardcover [also EPUB]. $28.99. Hardcover ISBN 978-0063070875. Reviewed by Adina Riggins, University of North Carolina Wilmington [PDF Full Text] In April 2022, my smartphone newsfeed turned up an article about Janelle Monáe, an eight-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, who had just published her debut book of fiction, … Continue reading The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice

By Rachel L. Frick and Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research (April 2022). https://doi.org/10.25333/wd4b-bs51 Reviewed by Noah Lasley, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga [PDF Full Text] Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice is a research report published by OCLC as one of the deliverables for a project supported in part by … Continue reading Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice

Reconciliation Framework: Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce

https://archives2026.com/response-to-the-report-of-the-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-taskforce/ Reviewed by Jonathan Pringle, Scholarly Communications and Digital Librarian, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center [PDF Full Text] Released in February 2022, the Reconciliation Framework is designed for non-Indigenous archivists in Canada who manage Indigenous holdings in their repositories, from acquisitions to outreach and all processes in-between. The document positions … Continue reading Reconciliation Framework: Response to the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Taskforce

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

By Eva Jurczyk. Naperville, IL.: Poisoned Pen Press, 2022. 336 pp. Softcover [also hardcover]. $16.99 ISBN-13 978-1-7282-3859-3. Reviewed by Caryn Radick, Rutgers University [PDF Full Text] Eva Jurczyk’s debut novel, The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is the second mystery I’ve read in the last year that takes place in the world of … Continue reading The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS)

https://www.daacs.org Reviewed by Noah Safari, University of South Carolina [PDF Full Text] Among the tragedies of slavery was the forced removal of people from their homes, causing them to lose touch with much of their cultural heritage. Despite enslavers’ efforts to suppress the cultures of enslaved peoples, enslaved people persevered and created their own unique … Continue reading The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS)

Creating Your Own History: Archival Themes in The Watermelon Woman

Reviewed by Burkely Hermann, Metadata Librarian, National Security Archive, Washington, DC [PDF Full Text] Note: This review contains some spoilers for the film The Watermelon Woman. An archivist speaks to the film’s protagonist about having a “great system” to organize archival records within the community archive. The Core Values Statement of the Society of American … Continue reading Creating Your Own History: Archival Themes in The Watermelon Woman

The Community Archiving Workshop Handbook

https://communityarchiving.org Reviewed by CJ Garcia, Liaison and Communications Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library [PDF Full Text] The Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) Handbook is an online resource designed to help audiovisual archivists, preservation specialists, and cultural heritage workers plan workshops to leverage their expertise in support of local communities. The handbook reflects the CAW model, which … Continue reading The Community Archiving Workshop Handbook