Reminder for archives researchers
(I can't believe I have to remind people of all of this, but here we are. Stop treating archivists this way. It's gross.)
Reminder for archives researchers
A friendly reminder from an archivist:
1. If we ask you to wear a mask, WEAR IT.
2. Your failure to plan around your deadlines is not our problem
3. Sorry that our ability to pull things for you has slowed down. There is still a pandemic going on. There are no rush jobs or archival emergencies during a pandemic. Calm down.
4. I also know the editor of the journal you are writing for. Please stop assuming archivists don't also do their own scholarship.
thinking about the tremendous differences between faculty unions/professor worker identities and K-12 unions/teacher worker identities and how the latter seems to be able to create so much more solidarity because the distance between a STEM and humanities educator in high school is much less in high school than higher ed
New CFP for records management and climate change for a forthcoming issue of Records Management Journal. 500-word abstracts are due soon, but actual article deadline is months away. More information here: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/rmj/records-management-anthropocene
The CHE data on executive compensation at universities is very useful (and demoralizing) https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/executive-compensation#id=table_public_2018
my current article on recordkeeping failures with the 2010 Upper Big Branch and Deepwater Horizon disasters is currently un-paywalled for next month https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1algW,oMyQHL9K
i don't know who needs to hear this, but if you're a faculty member and you have your students do interesting projects and *then* you ask the archivist if they can preserve the projects.... this is the wrong order of steps. if you want us to preserve your class's projects, please ask us before you commence the project so we can give you advice about our capacity and designing it well.
for example, it used to be pretty easy to find other librarian faculty tenure and promotion docs on university library websites. That's rarely the case today.
Has anyone written smart stuff about how university websites all now look alike because the marketing has taken them over? The enclosure of university websites has really irritated me as an academic librarian who always used to look for "how other libraries do it" and get useful documents off their websites. Now all their stuff is also under intranets.
Attending a highly interdisciplinary conference only 2 hours away with a mix of academic & community practitioners. The moderators have not contacted me & the chair has not answered my question about presentation logistics or getting the moderator's info. I come from a field that usually uses basic PPT slide decks for conference talks. My topic is highly technical but also very interesting to a broad audience if presented well (which I am capable of). Reader, what would you do in my situation?
Archivist from Cincinnati. I work on the intersections of archives, climate change, recordkeeping, and environmental policy.
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