Last night, while wrapped in the warm embrace of insomnia, I came across an article on the “Librarian Olympics.”
Always one to look over the great LIS divide to see what I can learn from the other side, I wondered what the archivist version would look like.
A small part of Archivist Twitter responded and responded brilliantly.
In our hypothetical Archivist Olympics, Olympians can participate in technical and artistic competitions. In the technical category we have:
- Archivist pentathlon: “Speed phase box folding” (@jbolmarcich), “Accuracy in folding acid-free folders to the correct width” (@laurenbgood), and “collection location shifting, speed hardware removal, compact storage obstacle course” (@lvanden1).
- Archives MacGuyvering: “handwriting deciphering, micro spatula tricks, decomposing rubber band extraction” (@lvanden1)
- “… water events should be book salvage” (@Squiffy002)
- Ben Hur-style hand truck races, inspired by (@ArchivesMaarja)
For the artistic portion of the Games:
- “Synchronized crying” (@brinepond) [I’d do well in this, I’m absolutely positive. At least silver-worthy tears.]
- “Not cursing at piles of clippings folded into tiny squares” (@laurenbgood) [I’d place dead last.]
Whaddaya say, fellow archivists? Shall we take @lvanden1’s suggestion and inaugurate the Archivist Games at SAA 2017? SNAP Roundtable thinks we’re onto something good!