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Call for Chapter Proposals - From Interrogation to Integration: Centering Social Justice in Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation

  • 1.  Call for Chapter Proposals - From Interrogation to Integration: Centering Social Justice in Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation

    Posted Sep 08, 2022 04:52 PM

    Dear SAA colleagues,

    The following call for chapter proposals may be of interest to you. Please share as appropriate and excuse cross posting.
    Thank you!
    Kim Hoffman and Rachel Makarowski, editors


    Call for Chapter Proposals – From Interrogation to Integration: Centering Social Justice in Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation

    Proposal deadline: 21 October 2022

    Submit your proposal online

    Please feel free to share with any colleagues who may be interested. 


    Our profession seeks to overcome a history of centering cis white men and their experiences. Though we steward many diverse stories, we struggle to move beyond celebrating legacy collections. These celebrated collections often fail to demonstrate the true breadth and variety of perspectives found in our archives. There have been many discussions to reflect on DEI efforts in our field, but the energy and ability to create large-scale change can be challenging to sustain beyond these reflections due to staffing, budget, and time constraints.


    Each of the chapters in this publication will demonstrate the ways that archival professionals center DEI in our everyday practice, outreach, conservation, and more, or can imagine doing so in the future. Although the focus of this volume will be archives, special collections, and conservation, we welcome relevant case studies from the mainstream academic library professions with commentary on how they could be applied to special collections and archives. For example, case studies based on instructional pedagogy, outreach initiatives, cataloging and descriptive practices, or curatorial approaches would be welcomed. We hope this book will empower archivists and librarians to become active agents of change in their home institutions regardless of size or staffing.


    Chapter authors will discuss small-scale efforts and decisions that can be implemented at the ground level that accumulate to create larger scale changes, as evidenced by their own experiences. Final chapters should be 3,000 to 5,000 words.


    Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Reparative description projects

    • Exploring post-custodial models

    • Curation: addressing legacy collections/narratives, gaps and silences, development strategies

    • Instruction and outreach with a DEI focus, including use of critical pedagogy, trauma informed pedagogy, etc.

    • Accessibility

    • Prioritizing preservation benchwork through a DEI lens

    • Cultural sensitivity and rehousing

    • Cultural sensitivity and handling considerations

    • Embargo periods and digital access

    • Environmental justice, sustainability, and disaster preparedness

    • Digitization - prioritization, workflows, description, etc.

    • Community driven archiving



    9 September 2022 / Call for Chapter Proposals

    21 October 2022 / Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline

    18 November 2022 / Accept or Reject Decision Deadline

    3 March 2023 / First Drafts Due

    2 June 2023 / Editorial Review Completed

    4 August 2023 / Author Revisions Due

    1 September 2023 / Completed Manuscript Due to ACRL


    Submission Procedures

    Proposals should include the names and affiliations of all potential authors/contributors, title of chapter, and a 500-word abstract.

    Submit your proposal online


    The editors strongly encourage proposals from individuals of all ethnicities, races, countries of origin, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, scholarly and professional backgrounds and experiences, types and sizes of institutions, and other differences. The editors are committed to amplifying and highlighting lived experiences from these different perspectives as they relate to social justice in the fields of special collections, archives, and preservation.


    About the Book

    This edited volume will be published by ACRL Press. Per ACRL, citations should be formatted in the Chicago Manual of Style endnotes and bibliography format. Footnotes can be used sparingly and only for explanatory textHere's a good quick guide for reference.


    About the Editors

    As early career, cis white female librarians, situated in the Midwest, the editors recognize that both their professional identities and their institutional history reflect privilege and contribute to the status quo in their profession. They also acknowledge their roles in perpetuating systemic injustices. It is this context that led them to question how they could center diverse narratives in their own collection and provided the inspiration for this volume. The editors hope to generate an influx of ideas from a diverse audience, and in turn, hope that readers will benefit from these new perspectives. Ultimately, the goal of this volume is to identify strategies to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in archival daily practices, in full knowledge that this historically has not been a priority at many predominantly white institutions. The editors of this volume have presented upon how they have incorporated diversity, equity, and inclusion into their daily workflows and practices. They have also facilitated discussions regarding this topic and in doing so, have noticed a continued desire for discourse and case studies.  


    Kim Hoffman is the Preservation Librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her responsibilities include maintaining both the circulating and special collections as well as the digital preservation program. She received her MS in Library and Information Science and her MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University in New York, where she also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Cultural Heritage Preservation. 


    Rachel Makarowski is the Special Collections Librarian at Miami University. In her position, she is responsible for many of the functions for special collections, including instruction, outreach, reference, cataloging, curation, and collection management. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with an MLS, specializing in Rare Book and Manuscript Librarianship, and worked in numerous positions at the Lilly Library. 

    Kimberly Hoffman
    Preservation Librarian
    Miami University Libraries
    Oxford OH