Last-minute Halloween costumes for archivists

October 31, 2014

How appropriate, a last-minute comic for last-minute costumes!

Last-minute Halloween costumes for archivists

Cowboy hat + mask + holster full of archival supplies = The Lone Arranger. Fox ear and tail + flashlight = Light Foxing. Or, the ultimate in laziness: a T-shirt that just says <physdesc>This is my Halloween costume</physdesc>.

Let’s play Future of Libraries BINGO

September 7, 2014

This one pretty much wrote itself.

Some common "Future of Libraries" pronouncements, represented as a bingo card.

Some common “Future of Libraries” pronouncements, represented as a bingo card.

Many thanks to Meg Ecclestone for the idea and encouragement. Use this bingo card generator and my text list (after the jump) to make your own cards!

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Let’s play #thatdarnlist BINGO

September 4, 2014

Instead of complaining about everyone’s favorite listserv, why not turn it into a game?

Some common A&A occurrences, represented as a bingo card.

Some common A&A occurrences, represented as a bingo card.

Use this bingo card generator and my text list (after the jump) to make your own cards!

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Grant-maker (even more fun with Archivist on the Roof)

August 21, 2014

Grant-maker (music from Matchmaker [lyrics, video])

Grant-maker, grant-maker, I need some cash!
Find me a line! They’ll fund the match!
Finding aids encoded in EAD
Did I mention we’re 503c?

Grant-maker, grant-maker, you bring the dough,
I’ll be your staff, raring to go
Everything digitized, fully online
Accessible for all time (not really!)

For Papa, make the job full-time
For Mama, make it prestigious
For me, well, I wouldn’t mind
Working only with Egyptian papyrus!

Grant-maker, grant-maker, I need some cash!
Find me a line! They’ll fund the match!
I need to pay off this huge student loan
So fund me a job
Of my own

Hodel, oh Hodel, have I got a job for you
In a cute little town
Population 62
But it’s a good job, a first job,
True? True.

I promise you’ll be happy,
And even if you’re not,
There’s more to life than that—
Don’t ask me what.

Chava, I found it
This job is so unique!
Great experience
It only lasts a week
But it’s a good job, a first job,
See? See.

You heard the boss is evil
She likes to yell and fight
But’s you’re just temporary
So you’re alright

You don’t want a project job?
Well that’s real tough to avoid
With no 3 to 5 years of prior work experience
Just be glad you’re employed!

Grant-maker, grant-maker
You know that I
Still need a job
More all the time!
But up to this minute I misunderstood
That not every job is good

Dear Congress, please don’t cut funding
Remember, we’re constituents too!
We don’t think we’re too demanding
We just want a job to do!

Grant-maker, grant-maker
I’m going to let
Backlogs remain
Maybe I’ve learned
Term jobs can leave a new archivist burned
So, fund me some funds
Match me a match
Find me a line
Grant me a grant
But I’ll make a backup plan!

Are you an emerging technologies librarian? A helpful flow chart

May 30, 2014

I hope this settles things.

Unless you're a transforming alien robot...you're probably not an emerging technologies librarian.

Unless you’re a transforming alien robot…you’re probably not an emerging technologies librarian.

Will digitization solve my problem? A helpful flow chart

March 7, 2014
I'm not even sure how to describe this except to say that whatever your problem is, digitization probably won't solve it.

I’m not even sure how to describe this except to say that whatever your problem is, digitization probably won’t solve it.

Master and access copies of thanks to @herodotusjr, @kellyannewithe, and @krispymerryman for their assistance!

More valentines for archivists

February 13, 2014

Last year I made valentines for archivists, and here are some more!

Red rot is red, DACSes are blue, Nothing's obsolete about my love for youPhoto credit: Jas. Heekin & Co. from Miami U. Libraries – Digital Collections

"We make a great pair" under a pair of white gloves.

"Let's fox" over a foxed paperPhoto credit: The title page to the 1832 third edition of John Lee Comstock’s ”A System of Natural Philosophy” from Wikipedia

Get Dusty

January 16, 2014

Archivists, man. They sure get mad when you call their workplaces dusty. Maybe we could channel our collective frustration into a musical number?

Get Dusty (music from Get Lucky [lyrics, video])

So you say you’re a journalist
What story are you spinning?
What cliche are you bringing
To your article’s beginning?

You’ve come so far, to report who we are
So let’s raise the bar, let archives be the stars!

We keep things safe from the sun
We live for preservation
We think that history’s fun
Just please don’t say we get dusty

Sometimes we deaccession
White gloves are so overdone
And yes, we love cardigans
Just please don’t say we get dusty
Just please don’t say we get dusty…

We cataloged these boxes
Spent hours on description
So when you find something
You’re not discovering it

You’ve come so far, to report who we are
So let’s raise the bar, let archives be the stars!

We keep things safe from the sun
We live for preservation
We think that history’s fun
Just please don’t say we get dusty

Sometimes we deaccession
White gloves are so overdone
And yes, we love cardigans
Just please don’t say we get dusty
Just please don’t say we get dusty…

Do I need to wear gloves in the archives? A helpful flow chart

January 13, 2014

Feel free to print this out for your archives or send a copy to every journalist you know. Click through for a high-res version.

Will you be handling photographs? You might need to wear gloves. Are you a bandleader, performing a medical procedures, or Mickey Mouse? You are already wearing gloves. Otherwise? Go crazy with those naked fingers (but not too crazy, you're in an archives!)

Will you be handling photographs? You might need to wear gloves. Are you a bandleader, performing a medical procedures, or Mickey Mouse? You are already wearing gloves. Otherwise? Go crazy with those naked fingers (but not too crazy, you’re in an archives!)


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