Rosemary Pleva Flynn, University of North Dakota, SAA Dictionary Working Group Chair 2015-11-23 16:24:14
Since launching "Word of the Week" in July 2014, the Dictionary Working Group has been busily writing new entries, revising existing ones from the 2005 Glossary, and reading as much of the archival literature—books, journals, web resources—as we can get our hands on. The goal, of course, is to compile and build the new Dictionary of Archives Terminology (DAT). Your role is important in helping us build this profession-wide resource. We are grateful for your weekly feedback on Word of the Week terms and proposed definitions as well as the suggestions received from attendees at the ARCHIVES 2015 conference in Cleveland in August. Keep those stories coming about how you look forward to receiving Word of the Week and sharing it with colleagues. For example, college students have told us how much the terms and definitions—like virtual reunification, replevin, folksonomy, and postcustodial— have helped their studies. Other SAA members who are more established in their careers have shared that the links provided to the cited articles have reconnected them with the literature. Your feedback and suggestions help us refine the format and define the profession in very direct ways, such as: • Incorporating illustrations as appropriate, a feature that we planned as an enhancement down the road (see the entries for Bertillon card and Woodruff file). • Finding additional citations for difficult-to-define terminology based on your knowledge of archival literature. • Proposing new terms, which helps us know what's important to you (e.g., virtual reunification and bastardy bond). Word of the Week now has more than 1,100 subscribers and it's growing! If you are not subscribed to Word of the Week, then you're missing out on an excellent professional resource. To sign up as well as see the twenty most recent entries, go to http://archivists.org/word-of-the-week. What's Up with the Dictionary of Archives Terminology? The Dictionary Working Group has researched dictionary software that would enable collaborative editing as well as provide a more robust interface for users. We are working with SAA staff to implement a solution and hope to have something in place by 2016. This would allow us to migrate content from the existing Glossary, make extensive updates with relative ease, and add all the new terminology and features from Word of the Week. In the meantime, please keep sending feedback on Word of the Week terms and definitions. And please keep reading the professional literature. You can suggest new terms at http://archivists.org/dictionary/suggest-a-term. Citations demonstrating word usage in the literature are extremely important. The Dictionary Working Group appreciates everything you send. Tell Us: What's Your Word? SAA President Dennis Meissner and Immediate Past President Kathleen Roe celebrate how "Archives Change Lives" (check out the fabulous video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=4&v=HXI5G9ptXxo). The Dictionary Working Group would like to know how your interaction with the archival lexicon has changed/ enhanced/enriched your professional life. Send your reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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