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MPLP (Rubber Duckie)

November 8, 2016

If the world ends today, at least we’ll all have an adorable song stuck in our heads.

MPLP (music from Rubber Duckie [lyrics, video])

MPLP, you’re the one
You make archives efficient
MPLP, I’ll process the fonds with you

MPLP, joy of joys
All those backlogs you destroy
MPLP, tell me, what would Greene and Meissner do?

Oh, every day when I
make my way through the folders
I leave those
little staples and
paperclips
in their corners
(but I don’t cut corners)

MPLP, you’re so fine
Findings aids done in no time
MPLP, I’ll process the fonds with you!

Do you need an archives intern? A helpful flow chart

May 12, 2016
If you can't provide professional experience with professional supervision...you probably don't need an archives intern.

If you can’t provide professional experience with professional supervision…you probably don’t need an archives intern.

CC-licensed, sized for PowerPoint…I hope to see this flow chart in more places!

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists

October 30, 2015

Still trying to come up with a brilliant archives-themed Halloween costume? Use this handy generator! Also available as a PDF.

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists (download PDF for readable text)

Halloween Costume Generator for Archivists (download PDF for readable text)

Let’s play #saa15 bingo

August 13, 2015

10 different cards to choose from in this PDF! Here’s a sneak preview:

see PDF for readable text

You didn’t discover that (in the archives)

June 16, 2015
“If you were successful in the archives, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great archivist somewhere in your research process. Somebody recognized the value of the materials and made sure they ended up in an archives. Somebody invested in preserving them and organizing them and making them available to researchers. Somebody helped orient you to the archives and brought out materials for you to look at. If you found a document that no one knew was there—you didn’t discover that. Somebody else made that happen.”

“If you were successful in the archives, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great archivist somewhere in your research process. Somebody recognized the value of the materials and made sure they ended up in an archives. Somebody invested in preserving them and organizing them and making them available to researchers. Somebody helped orient you to the archives and brought out materials for you to look at. If you found a document that no one knew was there—you didn’t discover that. Somebody else made that happen.”

THANKS OBAMA for the inspiration!

Records of Burma-nent value

June 2, 2015

I know how patiently
You’ve waited
Here, have some comics
(Animated!)
–DnD

Where it came from / Where it's been / So many blanks /That this fills in / Provenance

Where it came from
Where it’s been
So many blanks
That this fills in
Provenance

 

The contents of / Your grandma's attic / When we toss / We're systematic / Appraisal

The contents of
Your grandma’s attic
When we toss
We’re systematic
Appraisal

 

Like road signs / At at intersection / We'll give your research / Some direction / Finding aids

Like road signs
At at intersection
We’ll give your research
Some direction
Finding aids

Want to make your own Burma-Shave-style signs? Download the original image, or use my blank sign!

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…

NYC Deranger Meetup

November 30, 2010

If you’ll be in the New York area on Friday, please join us for a Deranger meetup! (You can RSVP at the link even if you don’t have a Twitter account.) Many thanks to Rachel for helping to organize!

Dangers and Derangers

August 12, 2010

Here’s an image Lance and I made for his SAA presentation on Friday. Be sure to check it out at the Preservation Section meeting!

Hooray for comics! I have heard rumors of comics appearing in various SAA presentations–thanks for the visual shout-out, y’all, and don’t forget to cite!