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Welcome to the blog!

The Description Section is pleased to announce that its newsletter, Descriptive Notes, is now a blog! With this transition, we hope to make Descriptive Notes more accessible as a forum for the exchange of ideas and resources among those who work with and are interested in archival description.

In conjunction with the launch of the Description Section’s Inclusive Description Documentation Portal, we are starting off the blog with a series on inclusive description. Inclusive description recognizes that no archival function is neutral, including description, but that actions can be taken to remediate and avoid bias and harmful language in finding aids, catalog records, and other description.

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing a variety of posts on this theme.  While each describes a unique project, together they emphasize that inclusive description is a systematic effort, calling for a reassessment of organizational culture and best practices.  We will hear from archivists who are surveying their collections, creating recommendations for the remediation of harmful description, working to update institutional workflows, and collectively creating resources, such as case studies and webinars, to help other institutions implement new protocols.

We are always looking for new contributors and would love to publish your work. We welcome writing on all issues related to archival description, including long form articles, announcements and updates, shared resources, interviews and surveys, and other writing.  Check out our submission guidelines for more information, and feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

We hope that Descriptive Notes grows into a useful source of information and discussion about archival description, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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