Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities

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 … Continue reading Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities

UK National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive

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 … Continue reading UK National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive

Engaging History Majors in Intensive Archival Research: Assessing Scaffolded Curricula for Teaching Undergraduates Primary Source Literacy Skills

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 … Continue reading Engaging History Majors in Intensive Archival Research: Assessing Scaffolded Curricula for Teaching Undergraduates Primary Source Literacy Skills

Teaching with Primary Sources Remotely

By Kaitlin Springmier. Society of American Archivists, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, 2020. Case No. 15. https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/TWPSCase_15_Teaching_With_Primary_Sources_Remotely.pdf Reviewed by Ruth Xing, Syracuse University [PDF Full Text] Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a spotlight to digital instruction within postsecondary institutions. For many in-classroom educators, digital pedagogy began as an … Continue reading Teaching with Primary Sources Remotely

Utilizing University Archives to Teach Students the Complexities of Neutrality

By Ashleigh D. Coren and Erin Durham. Society of American Archivists, Case Studies on Teaching with Primary Sources, 2019. Case No. 10 https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/TWPSCase_10_Utilizing_University_Archives.pdf Reviewed by Rebecca Kuske, University of Wisconsin-Stout Archives and Area Research Center [PDF Full Text] Overview Ashleigh D. Coren, former Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Learning at University of Maryland, College … Continue reading Utilizing University Archives to Teach Students the Complexities of Neutrality

Collective Responsibility Labor Advocacy Toolkit

https://toolkit.dobetterlabor.com/ Reviewed by Erin Passehl-Stoddart, University of Oregon [PDF Full Text] One of the most pressing issues raised within libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) in the last few years is ethical labor practices for contingent workers, including term-limited, grant-funded, and unpaid positions. One website that weaves together materials that explore issues and outcomes on LAM’s … Continue reading Collective Responsibility Labor Advocacy Toolkit

Memory Lab Network Resources

https://memorylabnetwork.github.io/resources.html Reviewed by Annie Tummino, Tomasz Gubernat, and Jeanie Pai, Queens College, City University of New York [PDF Full Text] Launched by the DC Public Library (DCPL) in 2017, the Memory Lab Network (MLN) is a digital preservation program designed to establish do-it-yourself digitization stations in public libraries nationwide. Each year, the MLN selects seven … Continue reading Memory Lab Network Resources

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/redlining/#loc=5/39.1/-94.58 Reviewed by Carli V. Lowe, San José State University [PDF Full Text] Mapping Inequality is a digital humanities project that allows users to explore the history of redlining in the United States through an aggregation of records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It uses the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation’s records, dating … Continue reading Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Musical Passage

http://www.musicalpassage.org Reviewed by Christina Taylor Gibson, Processing Archivist, American Bandmasters' Association Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park [PDF Full Text] For centuries, the silence surrounding colonialist encounters in the Americas has been deafening. From native and enslaved people alike colonizers collected instruments without bothering to learn … Continue reading Musical Passage