The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) announces the publication of three new articles.
"MPLP: From Practice to Theory," written by Kyna Herzinger.
Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/20.
Abstract: This paper traces the transformation of More Product, Less Process or MPLP from a processing methodology to a principle that has supported a growing toolbox of practices. It highlights the seeds of that principle, which are rooted in Greene and Meissner's effort to shift professional focus away from processing minutiae and toward access to and use of archival materials. Although MPLP developed out of demonstrable needs, its underlying attention to the nature of archival work and the archivist's role within that work speaks to deeper concepts addressed within archival theory. This paper argues that MPLP's pragmatic methods have evolved beyond a toolbox of practices, and that MPLP should be recast as a principle to be both challenged and held in tension with other fundamental archival principles.
"Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! Experiences from Creating a Web Archive for Swedish Trade Unions," written by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba, and Jaanus Karo.
Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/19.
Abstract: The Internet has become an increasingly important forum for societal activism, as event mobilization, member organization, and some actions have moved online. These new types of activities, often facilitated by diverse social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, form an increasingly important part of contemporary social movements' and organizations' communication, work, and expression. This rapid digitalization and the increase of online activities have created a dilemma for social movement archives and researchers: Born-digital material is necessary to understand our contemporary movements, yet the materials generated and available on the Internet are rarely systematically archived. To help find solutions to this problem, the project Labor Gone Digital (DigiFacket)! set out to construct an archiving system for material created on the Internet by the Swedish trade union movement (i.e., websites and social media feeds). This article reviews the creation of the DigiFacket system and explores the challenges of building a web archive that meets both the needs of the research community and the movements occurring online, and that is easy enough to maintain, even for small archives.
"Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs," written by Rory Grennan.
Download the article: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol7/iss1/18.
Abstract: Review of Leading and Managing Archives and Manuscripts Programs, edited by Peter Gottlieb and David W. Carmichael, examining the main topics of leadership and management of people in archival programs, its place in the archival literature, and its potential audience.
JCAS is a peer-reviewed, open access journal sponsored by the Yale University Library, New England Archivists, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.