Like, multiple blogs have been tried over the last year directly concerning and adjacent to the current SAA section being proposed. If we can't keep a blog going, how are we gonna keep a section going, fam? </logging off now before I relapse and sign up for twitter to keep indulging my hot take tendencies>
Extremely hot and borderline authoritarian take: Moratorium on any new SAA sections until the criteria created a few years ago to lay down fairly inactive sections is enforced
This is the first time I've encountered AHA's professional standards, and I love the narrative format. I think the brief version that SAA has is great, but I would love to see this kind of "extended cut" https://www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/statements-standards-and-guidelines-of-the-discipline/statement-on-standards-of-professional-conduct
Really appreciating Dan Noonan's JAO column on email especially this line: "Had Dante Alighieri been a records or information management professional in the twenty-first century, he may have assigned one level of his hell solely to email." (DOI: 10.1080/15332748.2018.1445607)
Erin Lawrimore and I were quoted in this article https://psmag.com/environment/hurricane-florence-records-of-americas-slave-trade
Colleague gave me one of the best compliments I've ever received, to the effect of "I suspect we disagree on much politically, but I would follow you into battle, you're a great leader" and reader I almost began crying
cool, it's that point my career where I have so many meetings at SAA I'm not sure how many sessions I can actually manage to get to besides my own. I know this is a good problem to have but it's also kind of stressful at the same time.
MoMA's unionized workers have been without a contract since May 20: http://www.artnews.com/2018/08/06/moma-union-demonstrates-negotiations-museum-continue/
"We are curators, librarians, visitor services, stewards, accounting, and we are in contract negotiations. We thank you for your support and we have a museum. Solidarity forever is our message."
(cc @TeamMidwest )
I think this is a pre-print but W O W i am excited to read this thing about the committee on women and feminism in 1970s-1990s SAA https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alex_Poole/publication/326426924_Be_Damned_Pushy_at_Times_The_Committee_on_the_Status_for_Women_and_Feminism_in_the_Archival_Profession_1972-1998/links/5b4d132045851507a7a5b0fa/Be-Damned-Pushy-at-Times-The-Committee-on-the-Status-for-Women-and-Feminism-in-the-Archival-Profession-1972-1998.pdf
*Ron Howard voice* actually over 3,000 libraries have copies of Capitalism and Freedom
This page for the Heartland Institute (a leading climate change denial organization) library is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Counteracting those Marxist university libraries that have no titles by Milton Friedman or Friedrich Hayek!!!! https://www.heartland.org/about-us/what-we-do/library/index.html
And yeah, a lot of C&U archivists have no clue about records management and it's obvious if you spend any time on the C&UA listserv where people ask some real humdingers.
Yeah I said it: there are some professionals that are better at dealing with certain groups of records than archivists are. Like university registrars, the biggest post-custodial rockstars of all.
Going out with a whimper is a Bush family tradition
Every time I open up the SAA conference schedule I hear SCHED! in my head pronounced the exact same silly way as in "JEB!"