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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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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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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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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Montreal from an American Perspective

Oh, Canada…

Greetings again dear readers! As you know, from having read my previous blog posts, I arrived in the Commonwealth of Canada, in the Province of Quebec, in the city of Montreal in late August 2017. After having passed through customs with the proper paperwork in hand, and after spending many hours just getting out of Ontario, we finally crossed into Quebec. Our arrival into Quebec was heralded by a large sign with the Quebec flag and the words “Bienvenue au Quebec” in large white letters. As we drove on the highway, all the signs were in French. After we crossed into Quebec, we didn’t see a single road sign in English. I was thinking to myself, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” (I love “The Wizard of Oz”, but then again, who doesn’t?).

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Life as a Grad Student

McGill… first semester and beyond

I promised I would start from the beginning, so I guess that would be the most logical place to begin. The first few days of my first semester as a grad student were pretty basic, filled with new student orientation, getting used to new classes and new professors, and so forth. I would say it wasn’t really until the mid-late September or early October that things became pretty intense.

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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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