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February 26, 2008

Humanities and Technology

From the SHOT blog:

Humanities and Technology Review is the journal of the Humanities and Technology Association. HTR is published annually in the fall, and it offers a publication outlet for interdisciplinary articles on a broad range of themes addressing the interface between the humanities and technology.

In the Fall 2008 edition we would like to address the theme of technology and the human condition. We encourage reflection on the impact of technology on the lived experience of peoples throughout the world. The theme can be taken broadly, but here are some ideas:

* Implications of new information technologies for the concept of the world citizen
* Moral responsibility for actions that occur at a distance
* Technology and Developing Countries
* Surveillance Technologies and Privacy Rights
* Technology and the Nature of Labor
* Intelligent Computer Agent “Behaviors� and Accountability
* Spoken Word (hip hop, poetry, free style) and Technology

The 2008 edition will also include a special section: Proceedings, Selected Papers of the 2007 HTA Conference, October 4-6, 2007, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Frederick B. Mills, Editor
Humanities and Technology Review
Department of History and Government
Bowie State University

Email: fmills2003@yahoo.com

February 19, 2008

Cortada Bibliography Available Electronically

CBI is happy to announce that we have scanned and made available, with permission, the first of three of James Cortada's bibliographies of the history of computer applications. The other two will be forthcoming. The volume is available on CBI's Hosted Publications webpage. The file is rather large, so it may take some time to open on your computer. Enjoy!

February 18, 2008

New Archives and Special Collections Website!

Take a look at the new and improved website for the University of Minnesota's Archives and Special Collections department!

February 11, 2008

Archives Wiki for Historians

I just wanted to call your attention to a new archives wiki set up by the AHA, located at http://archiveswiki.historians.org/index.php/Main_Page. They're hoping to use it for historians and other scholars to share information about specific archives. Right now, the archives listed seem pretty arbitrary (the only archives listed in the state of Minnesota is the Minnesota Historical Society), but it'll be very interesting to see where this goes.

The ArchivesNext blog has a thought-provoking post on this topic.

February 8, 2008


The finding aid for the Walter L. Anderson Papers is now complete and available for researcher use. The materials have been "in process" for quite some time, so we are all excited to finally make them available.

The finding aid can be viewed at:

The Anderson collection spans his extensive professional career in four organizations as well as his membership and leadership positions in IRE-IEEE. Walter's early career began with Engineering Research Associates in the Arlington, VA, facility. Upon that divisions closing, Anderson and some of his coworkers began their own magnetic tape and mechanical device manufacturing firm known as General Kinetics Incorporated. After leaving GKI in the mid 1970s, Walter began working for the United States General Accounting Office, focused in the field of information management, technology, and automatic data processing.

From a personal standpoint, the materials contained within Mr. Anderson's GAO records are a unique look into the area of government internal controls and system auditing. In the public sector during the 1970s, technology audits and system controls were largely dominated by the expertise of one public accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, due in large part to their early relationship with IBM. Government systems audits and controls also operated in a complex environment with more strict guidelines for government auditors and direct accountability to the Comptroller General. The materials cataloged by Walter during his time with the GAO are an invaluable resource for understanding the complex environment of technology audits and system controls both in the public and government sectors.


February 6, 2008

New Finding Aids

Two new finding aids available on the web site!

1) Kenneth W. Kolence Collection of Association for Computing Machinery Publications, and
2) The Robert W. Pomeroy Papers.


February 1, 2008

Minimal Processing Survey

If you are a researcher in archives, take a look at this post on one of my favorite archives blogs, ArchivesNext, and please consider taking the survey - I hope that it will be really useful in helping to determine future archival collection processing standards.