So, maybe you heard that I was one of the winners of this archives haiku contest? Some people asked for an illustrated version, so here you go. I made this one extra big so you can print it out at any size and stick it on your wall.
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Derangers, come find me at SAA and I will give you one of these for your badge:
Unless you are the archivist who so generously indulged my desire to hear the phrase “XSLin’ like a felon” in an SAA webinar, in which case your ribbon is already in the mail to you. (If you aren’t coming to SAA but still want a ribbon, let me know after the conference and we’ll work something out.)
Likely places to find me are:
- The Social Media Forum, where you’ll get to see what happens when SAA lets me work on a presentation
- The Tweetup and Beer Roundtable
- The Drexel reception
- The SAA Career Center, from 11 AM-1 PM on Saturday. I will be offering career advice and hugs.
- Anywhere with free food (students and new archivists represent!)
(If you want to share today’s comic, please link to this post instead of copying the image–the context is very important. Thank you!)
Those of you who know me as an archives tech, rather than as a webcomicker, know that I am passionate about supporting archives students and new archivists. I started the original Crash Space for Archivists and listed my house. I support my local SAA student chapter. I CC-license my comics so that students (and others) have a large collection of free, archives-themed images to use in their papers and presentations. You could say that my interest in these issues, as an aspiring archivist, is somewhat self-serving, but as someone with a full-time, non-grant-funded archives job, I am unaffected by many of the issues facing new members of our profession (and pretty damn lucky).
When I attended SAA this year, I was fortunate to meet lots of experienced archivists–many of whom were excited to meet me because I post drawings on the Internet. But you’ve probably read their papers and seen their conference presentations and subscribed to their blogs already.
I also met some great students and recent grads. You probably wouldn’t recognize most of their names. And these are the people I want to talk about, because I worry about them, archivists. It is amazing the things that people will tell you when you have no power to hire anyone, and now I’m angry. Really angry. It almost makes me want to…howl?
I worry about these kids. And I worry about you, archivists, and your profession, because I worry that these archivists will take their skills and ideas and find jobs outside the field instead of putting up with all this bullshit. And how can you truly preserve your collections in the long term if there is no one to replace you if you change jobs or retire or get crushed in your own compact shelving?
I know there are influential archivists out there who read this blog, as well as plenty of people new to the field. I want to read all your ideas for how to fix this, here, elsewhere on the Internet, or privately. (You can post anonymous comments here, but WordPress will show me your IP address on the back end–if that makes you nervous, don’t leave a comment.) I want to get back to writing the humorous comics you’ve all come to expect from DnD, but I can’t work on the funny stuff unless other people step up to take care of the serious stuff.
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!
A million points to anyone who prints and hangs one of these in the conference hotel.
If you are worried about meeting new people at SAA, why not add this badge to your nametag, and let the archivists with excellent taste in webcomics find you?
At least, I assume they would be rejected…
Photo credits (all from Flickr Commons):
Panel 1: New York Public Library
Panel 2: The U.S. National Archives
Panel 3: LSE Library
Well, what is your archives doing for May Day? SAA has a list of ideas if you’re feeling uncreative.