I work in a library, doing special collections/archival stuff. Sometimes I think my work can best be summed up in one of two ways, or a combination of the two: This shall be preserved. We shall stick it in a box or folder or other special preservation-friendly container and we shall preserve it. Preserve, preserve, … More Archivin’

Seriously, you mofos?

(Incidentally, when I type “mofos” my autocorrect helpfully adjusts it to “moos”. I’m not sure which is better.) Pre-Existing Condition Bans: Are They Really Gone? But the mix up raised a broader question – What about the requirement of the Affordable Care Act that prohibited pretty much all pre-existing condition exclusions as of Jan. 1, 2014? Under … More Seriously, you mofos?

Help me identify this type of saw/whacker/doohickey thing?

I came across this mysterious image in my day job. Note: this is a quick-and-dirty shot with a digital camera, not a high res scan–that will be available (and in the public domain) through my work’s digital library database. Judging by where it turned up in the collection I’m processing, these fine gents are likely … More Help me identify this type of saw/whacker/doohickey thing?

Avast ye, Archivists! How much do ye make?

Mademoiselle Archivist has put up a survey about archivist salaries. If you work in special collections/archives, you should go contribute. It’s open till May 2, and can be found here: Let’s talk about salaries, let’s talk about you and me She also links to MIT’s Living Wage calculator, which I plan on sending to everyone … More Avast ye, Archivists! How much do ye make?

Film Buff!

If you’re into photography and photographic processes, check out this set of videos from the George Eastman House (originally uploaded in 2012). The autoplay list, six videos in all, can be found by going to this link: Photographic Processes

Clarification at last!

From that bastion of archival hilarity, Derangement and Description, comes this delightful chart:   This is the sort of thing that I laugh at, and send to other archivists to laugh at, but never pass along to the people who get upset when they learn I handle manuscript collections without the Steadfast Indomitable Newborn Baby-Safe … More Clarification at last!