Archive for January, 2014

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!)