Archival Outlook

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Archival Outlook

Website: http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook

Purpose, objective, or mission: A newsletter “€œmembership benefit”€ for members of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) that updates readers on the work of the Society and its many component groups and reports on regional, national, and international news of relevance to members of the profession.1

Target audience: Those interested in or specializing in the archival profession or one of its allied fields. The newsletter is published for SAA’s 6,200-plus members.2

Publisher: The Society of American Archivists (SAA)3

Peer reviewed? No.4

Type: LIS professional news.5

Medium: Print and online.6 Print issues are mailed exclusively to members, but digital versions are available to the general public on the SAA website.7

Content: Features often cover best-practice and how-to articles on timely archival topics; notable collections, projects, or advocacy work; how archives are used by the public; and profiles of archives or archivists at work. SAA aims to nurture both new voices and established writers; the content is primarily written by the organization’s members and those in the profession.8

Frequency of publication: Bimonthly: January/February, Marcy/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December.9

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook

Types of contributions accepted: A range of relevant topics will be considered, but articles typically focus on best practice, unique collections, notable achievements by an archivist or archives, and updates on the Society and its component groups. Articles should include “some kernel of information that will enlighten the reader professionally.”10 Illustrations are encouraged. Articles should run 700 words for a one-page story or 1,400 words for a double-page spread. The newsletter’s departments include “Advocating for Archives” (local and national advocacy issues); “Someone You Should Know,” (profiles of SAA members in a Q&A format); and “Photo Op” (features interesting and eye-catching image).11

Submission and review process: Contact the Editorial and Production Coordinator via email.12

Editorial tone: This is the member newsletter, not the official journal. While the articles are highly relevant to the archival profession, the tone is more friendly, laid back.13

Style guide used: None.14

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

This newsletter is a perfect place for students in the archive sector to share short articles or feature stories on news, information, special projects or advocacy, or profiles of SAA members. It’€™s not peer reviewed and not the official SAA scholarly journal, so it’s most likely not an avenue for publishing for the profession to gain tenure, but it would be an excellent place to start writing about all things archives; explore different topics within the archives world; or share information about relevant individuals, organizations, and conferences.

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: 6,200+ members.15

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: The Society is based in Chicago16, and is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association.17 The newsletter reports on “€œregional, national, and international news” that’€™s relevant to North American archivists.18 Written in English.19 The newsletter accepts international updates and news, but is a North American publication.20

Reader characteristics: The newsletter can have a very insider, quirky tone because it’€™s directed at SAA community members. A unique feature is the use of visuals (mostly archival photos) to tell a story or as stand-alone pieces.21 If a LIS student came across an interesting visual, this would be the place to share it. The publication’s articles are largely written by members and those in the archives profession. The newsletter is strictly for those in the archival profession, or those interested in it. This doesn’t just mean those in library-specific archives: professionals from all sectors within the profession are profiled and encouraged to share news and updates.22 Readers are positively archival advocates. This is a newsletter that is very proud of being all about archives and celebrating archival and library professionals.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: These are professional archivists: LIS knowledge and language is encouraged.24

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

Readers of this publication have one crucial aspect in common: their love of archives. Articles need to focus on positive aspects of the profession -€“ this is not the venue to share negative comments or criticisms, although critiques might be accepted, and definitely reviews of new exhibits, books, or professionals would be fine. The level of LIS knowledge is high -€“ this is not a newsletter for neophytes but is directed toward professionals. But its tone is friendly, open, and welcoming to anyone with an interest in archives. It’s a fun, interesting publication aiming to keep readers up to date as well as entertained.

Last updated: May 14, 2016


References

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  2. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
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  5. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  6. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  7. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  8. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  9. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  10. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  11. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  12. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  13. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  14. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  15. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  16. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  17. Society of American Archivists. (2016). About SAA. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/about
  18. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  19. SerialsSolutions. (2016). Archival Outlook. Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory. Retrieved from http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1402338917688/244199
  20. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  21. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  22. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Benefits of Membership. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/membership
  23. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
  24. Society of American Archivists. (2016). Archival Outlook. Retrieved from http://www2.archivists.org/archival-outlook
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