A Lone or Alone Archivist?

When I was in grad school (*library school), I quickly learned the types of archivist positions available. Like government archivists, corporate archivists, county archivists, historical society archivists, college/university archivists, and lone archivists. During a grad assistantship at the State Archives, I noticed how bureaucracy slows down any work in government archives. And I realized I did not want to be a government archivist. 

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Between the Cold Brew and Me

To curb any depression that has been sneaking in occasionally during the pandemic, I have taken to walking in the morning. I joined my public library book club but found it difficult to find the time to sit down and read while I was already struggling to do the same for my own books. One of the librarians mentioned that she walks and listens to the audiobook. So, I tried audiobooks in the car but apparently I cannot pay enough attention to both the road and the book. 

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Other Duties as Assigned

You may have noticed by now that your local library has opened its doors. After months of not seeing your favorite librarians, browsing the shelves, going to storytime, or using the computers, the library has finally reopened to the public. However, these libraries are not reopening as if nothing had happened. You may have noticed stickers on the floor indicating where to wait in line to check out your books, an excessive amount of hand sanitizer, and everyone wearing a mask. 

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Why We Stop Reading and Why it’s Okay

We have all been in that funk, when we stop reading. There is no shame in it. Go ahead, raise your hands how many of us are in a reading funk. I’m currently there now as I read Beloved by Toni Morrison (which is amazing btw). One reason for my pause on reading is because it’s too hot. It’s too hot to read in the living room, too hot to read outside, and too hot to read in the bath. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind, is the heat a good enough reason to stop reading. Well, yes.

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Librarian for Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. While America was focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and police brutality continued to murder Black men and women. The morning after the march in Seattle in response to George Floyd’s murder, I was reading Jane Eyre with an incredible sense of guilt. It wasn’t just my white privilege guilt it was also the guilt of reading an even more white privileged author and fictional character. 

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Impostor Syndrome Home Edition

The impostor syndrome hit me hard last week. Being a new professional is one thing, working from home is another, and the two combines is difficult. Like many lone arrangers archivists, I have inherited incomplete projects, unprocessed collections up to my eyeballs, and shoes to fill. And while I expected it to be an uphill battle, I did not expect to do it in the comfort of my own home. 

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It’s a Process

The Resume and Cover Letter Workshop series is open to all Information Science job seekers willing to share their resume and cover letter to serve as examples to others. Everyone has their own opinions on how a resume should look and sound and while there is no right answer, there are many elements to include in a resume. 

On the other hand, cover letters are unique as the writer. Again, as there are elements to include and the purpose of a cover letter is the same, it should always reflect the applicants personality.

If you are interested in sharing your resume and cover letter in this series, please fill out the form.

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Why McGill?

To answer the question many of you are probably thinking in your heads, I’ve decided to devote three separate blog entries covering the following topics: why I chose McGill (including the application process), life at McGill as a grad student, and what I liked and didn’t like about living in Montreal. Alright, here we go!

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Getting Cozy with COVID for Now

A piece by the newest Guest Writer, Biblio Brie.

Read more about Biblio Brie on the And Friends page.

Hello my fellow librarians, archivists, library pen pals, storytellers, library lovers, book enthusiasts and bibliophiles, alike! I hope you and your partners, your colleagues and your families are all doing exceptionally well while we’re all in quarantine during this unexpected pandemic with the COVID virus. It would be a HUGE understatement to say that life has change since the lockdown.

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