I pursue a better understanding of archives work, jazz style.

Genealogists

Especially when they’re looking for ancestors from Chihuahua.

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2 responses

  1. Leslie

    I am exploring different areas of librianship because my previous field, news libraries, is dying out. Your post reminded me of different places I have worked where the precedents for different policies or information aren’t conveyed to new employees. I am interested in institutional memory and its loss on a regular basis that affects new entrants into different field of inquiry. The time and energy that the new entrants must take to “catch up” prevents efficiency and the time needed for the field to move ahead with new concepts and theories.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:44 am

  2. Yes, I’ve definitely experienced that. I’m not the newest faculty member in my department but none of us have been in longer that about eight years. One of the staff has been here longer than that, but most of us are relatively new. I’ve been here for four years and though I’m not trying to catch up with as much urgency as before, I still feel like there’s a lot I haven’t absorbed. I’m trying to figure out how to fix it so that it can be looked up instead of recalled from the most ancient of the personnel. Long way to go yet.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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