Posts Tagged ‘dont mess with archivists’

Stuck in the past, stuck in the basement

April 29, 2011

So yesterday @mandahill posted a link to a Library Journal article that ruffled a few folders. “OMG,” said the archivists, collectively, “did he really just SAY that about us?” Oh yes. Yes he did.

So these two librarians are chatting at the reference desk (next to a window! with sunshine!) and one of them is all, "Archives will always need librarians to curate and preserve." And the archivist below them in the basement is all, "Hey librarians, I can hear you down here." The whole thing would be kind of sad if it were true, but it's not, it's just a metaphor for how librarians and archivists need to communicate better.

So these two librarians are chatting at the reference desk (next to a window! with sunshine!) and one of them is all, "Archives will always need librarians to curate and preserve." And the archivist below them in the basement is all, "Hey librarians, I can hear you down here." The whole thing would be kind of sad if it were true, but it's not, it's just a metaphor for how librarians and archivists need to communicate better.

Hey Professor Stephens: a lot of the things you’d like to see librarians doing, archivists are already pretty good at. Helping users find things? Creating localized collections? Helping users create localized collections? I’ve done all those things. In the last week. And I think I’m hardly unique in this respect. We archivists would be happy to show you how it’s done–you just need to ask.

Hey archivists: don’t wait for the librarians to come find you in the basement. We’ve got a lot to learn from each other, and the sunlight would do you some good.

–Rebecca (who works in an archives and a library, and loves books)