Happy #AskAnArchivist Day!!!

October 4 is #AskAnArchivist Day, a day when archivists open their social media arms to the world for questions about the wonderful, hidden life of people who appraise, acquire, arrange, describe, preserve, and provide access to records of “enduring value.” What does that mean? Ask an archivist! It’ll vary from archivist to archivist based on where they work and what their institution’s collection policy is, … Continue reading Happy #AskAnArchivist Day!!!

On Not Going to WAR, but It’s an Honor Being Asked

Last month I received an email encouragement to nominate myself for a position on SAA’s Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR) Steering Committee. I let out a hearty “Hah!” Then a “Huh?” Then a “Hmm.” After asking the suggester if my inactive status was known (it was), I said I’d consider. A post I’d written a while ago was read by a few people, then a few … Continue reading On Not Going to WAR, but It’s an Honor Being Asked

On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On Friday, December 4, the Women Archivists Roundtable (WAR) hosted a live tweet to discuss family leave, surviving it, and returning from it. Mothers, non-mothers, and a smattering of fathers participated in a conversation that was a virtual version of a lunchtime stitch and bitch — a breast pump and post, if you will. WAR co-chair Leslie Van Veen McRoberts and steering committee member Helen Kim hosted the chat and … Continue reading On WAR Stories, or a Guide for Co-Workers

On the Women Archivists Roundtable Live Tweet, or a Timeline of Awareness of Awkward Silence

I started this blog under the orders of a friend (hi, Emily!!!) as a means to de-stress and figure out how to get my groove back; a finding aid, if you will. It is a bitching post. One of the early bitching posts was on my experience at the 2014 Society of American Archivists (SAA) meeting in Washington, DC. I went hoping to catch up on the field and … Continue reading On the Women Archivists Roundtable Live Tweet, or a Timeline of Awareness of Awkward Silence

On Fantasy #SAA15 Schedule Planning, Part II

Last week I blogged about which #SAA15 sessions I’d attend if I was going. A reader joined in on the theoretical fun and posted her fantasy schedule in the comments — and she included research forum topics! I completely forgot about them, so here are just a smidgeon of research presentations I will be stalking on Twitter during SAA. The Archival Investigations session  includes an interesting topic, It … Continue reading On Fantasy #SAA15 Schedule Planning, Part II

On #SAA15, or Sessions I’d attend…

Since I don’t work in an archive anymore, my interest isn’t driven by institutional need. Instead, I look for sessions and speakers that generally interest me. This is pretty much what goes through my head whenever I see SAA’s session schedule: “I want to attend this one and this one and this one and this one. Then I want to use the Time-Turner that Professor McGonagall … Continue reading On #SAA15, or Sessions I’d attend…

On an Archivist’s Call to Action, or the Society of American Archivists Request Some Giggles

The Society of American Archivists has an advocacy campaign, A Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, that is geared towards increasing awareness of archivists and the archival profession. There are several “calls to action” and the latest one is deemed a “high-stakes archival essay test.” Archivists tend to be distributed into two camps: the serious and the seriously sarcastic (check out the Evil Archivist twitter. … Continue reading On an Archivist’s Call to Action, or the Society of American Archivists Request Some Giggles

On Awkward silences, or How To Kill A Conversation In Three Words

Want to know the easiest way to kill any form of verbal conversation at a professional meeting, conference, or convention? Tell your fellow attendees that you’re a housewife! Last summer I applied for (and received!) a spontaneous scholarship to attend the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in Washington, DC. Things worked out, my husband took a day off work to watch the kids, and I was … Continue reading On Awkward silences, or How To Kill A Conversation In Three Words