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Submissions Due September 15 for Brenda McCallum Prize

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Bridges
 Since 1994, the AFS Archives and Libraries Section has awarded a prize of up to $250 honoring the late folklife archivist Brenda McCallum. Through this prize, the AFS Archives and Libraries Section seeks to promote works of excellence and innovation that further the cause of the preservation, organization, curation, or enhanced public access and use related to folklife archival collections.

Brenda McCallum Prize


The Brenda McCallum Prize is awarded to an individual or institution for producing an exceptional work related to archival collections of folklife materials. Examples of eligible projects include—but are not limited to—digital collections, exhibits, or access tools such as software/apps, online and in-person workshops, lecture series, webinars, or websites that provide enhanced equipment and media specifications for generation and preservation of archival materials; or more traditional presentations of collections, collections work, or their materials through exhibitions, publications, and programming. For further examples, please review the list of past winners on the McCallum Prize page.

An Eligible Work:
  • Must have a connection with a folklife collection, even if the collection or archival curation is not directly associated with a formal folklore archive. The Archives & Libraries Section notes that any work is eligible which facilitates the organization of ethnographic materials created in the field, since it ultimately assists the cause of folklife archives and archivists.
  • May involve excellence or outstanding innovation in the creation of a new collection, work with an established collection, or services to professionals who work with collections. Suggested examples include:
    • New Collections: Assembly or creation of a new collection of folklife archival materials and records that make them more accessible and usable to a community beyond the curators or hosting institution.
    • Established Collections: Work to make an existing collection more available to a wider audience (as through digitization of archival materials, development of a collection repository website, or development of an interactive collection guide or particularly well-developed finding aid). Or an exceptional book or report that involves new research that enhances awareness of a folklife collection's curation or contents.
    • Services to Collections Professionals: Provision of education, creation of guidelines or new techniques through case studies, or development of other services centered around collection management practices that will assist and improve the efforts specifically of folklife collection management professionals (such as new software or an app; articles; or workshops/webinars).
  • Should have been created during the two calendar years prior to the submission deadline.
  • Must be nominated by a team that represents a range of project, community, and institutional partners.
Nominations should include:
  • A letter from the nominators explaining the relationship to the nominee and describing the nominated work. The letter should also explain the work's connection to a folklife collection of archival materials and records and make a case for its excellence and innovative features, as well as the importance to the discipline of folklore archiving. Letters should be no more than two pages long.
  • Contact information for both nominators and nominees, including full names and titles, institutional affiliations (if any), mailing address, phone numbers, emails, and any relevant web links.
  • Access to the nominated work for evaluation by the Prize Committee. Examples:
    • Instructions on how to access a website, digital collection, software product, or app
    • Video recording or copy of digital presentation for webinars, workshops, or lectures
    • Digital access to full copies of a book, article, or similar publication, or four hard copies of each nominated work if digital access is unavailable.
The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Brenda McCallum Prize is September 15, 2020.
Please submit all nomination materials to the Archives & Libraries Section Prize Committee Chair, Terri Jordan, at terrijord@gmail.comCurrent AFS Archives and Libraries Section Prize Committee members are Terri Jordan (chair), David Azzolina, Andy Kolovos, and Kelly Revak.

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