Teresa Brinati 2014-02-11 11:13:53
Spring is a season of change, and one of those changes is a bold new look to The American Archivist featuring larger fonts for the print edition and flexibility for transitioning to digital publication. The Spring/Summer 2013 issue introduces a redesign of the journal that has been in process for a couple of years. The redesign had three goals, according to Gregory S. Hunter, the journal’s editor. “First, we sought a cleaner, more contemporary look. To this end, you’ll notice a new typeface and more white space in the graphic design. Second, we wanted each article to be able to stand on its own when accessed in the future. Therefore, the footer of each article contains enhanced citation information so an individual article can be associated more easily with the journal. Also, instead of a separate Gallery of Contributors at the start of the issue, you’ll find author biographies and photos at the end of each article, thus making each contribution a self-contained entity,” explained Hunter, who is a professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. “Third, we wanted to prepare the journal for delivery as an e-publication. . . . We are moving toward the day when you will be able to download the latest issue of the journal to your e-reader,” Hunter added. The new-look American Archivist is the final piece in a three-pronged makeover begun by Dufek Design in 2011 to achieve greater graphic unity among SAA’s three periodicals. First up was Archival Outlook followed by In the Loop with the journal to be completed in 2012. That implementation was put on hold a year ago to accommodate the transition in the editor post. “The focus of the journal redesign was to create a crisp, clean layout with readability as paramount,” said graphic designer Matt Dufek. “As a former textbook designer, I relished the time spent searching publications for examples of simple, Readable fonts.” Sans serif fonts were used for the masthead (DIN) and the running heads (PMN Caecilia), and a serif font was used for the body text (Swift). Dufek worked with The American Archivist Editorial Board on the redesign. Other enhancements include a bold nameplate on the cover, a reorganization of information in the masthead on the inside front cover, and the elimination of article categories in the table of contents. Each article now includes key words (to enhance search functionality in the online version) and the Creative Commons icon on the title page, and notes at the end of each article instead of footnotes (for more responsive transitioning to digital production). For the journal, this is a step toward greater efficiency in the production process and eventually digital publication. Invasion of the E-Book! For pushers of the paperless, the addition of e-books to the SAA Bookstore has got to be, well, electrifying! SAA began selling PDF and EPUB files of select publications this winter. Nine titles are currently available electronically: Archival Arrangement and Description; Module 1: Standards for Archival Description; Module 2: Processing Digital Records and Manuscripts; Module 3: Designing Descriptive and Access Systems; Arranging and Describing Archives and Manuscripts; Law & Ethics Sampler; I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era; and The Ethical Archivist. For the uninitiated, PDFs can be read on Pcs, Macs, and some tablets and e-readers, including the Apple iPad and some versions of Barnes & Noble Nook, Google, Sony, Kobo, and Samsung devices. Most tablets and e-readers can support EPUB files, including the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble Nook, Google, Sony, Kobo, and Samsung devices. You can also read EPUB files on your PC or Mac by downloading the free software Adobe Digital Editions. Please note that the Amazon Kindle cannot currently support EPUB files. What’s the difference between PDFs and EPUBs? PDFs replicate the layout of a printed page, but do not reflow to adjust To different screen sizes. Although you cannot change the text size in a PDF, you can zoom in or out to see text or images clearly. The EPUB format was specifically designed to be read on tablets and e-readers. Files in the EPUB format do not have “pages” like a traditional publication, and these files are more fluid than PDF files. Text in EPUB files can reflow to accommodate different devices, sizes, and orientations, and the reader can often alter the font or size of the text in these files. In case you’re wondering, SAA hasn’t abandoned paper. You can still buy most books in print! —Teresa Brinati, SAA Director of Publishing
Published by Society of American Archivists. View All Articles.