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