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An Archivist’s Brand New Hat – New Beginnings for My Family History

May 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments


Dr. Thomas Merriweather In a national economy in which double-digit unemployment figures travel in the opposite direction from the signs that things are said to be improving and a local economy that would jangle the nerves of the most fiercely optimistic, I am frequently riddled with doubt as to my decision to return to school for the academic qualifications to do something I truly enjoy. It was easy to buy into the notion of getting paid for doing a job for the sheer happiness it brings. I didn’t anticipate that timing is everything and having the know-how, energy and desire to take on an all new career was only half the battle.

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Skills Librarians Need

October 27th, 2009 · No Comments


  • Call a spade a spade or if it’s not a spade, don’t be afraid to call it a dud.
  • Take your space in cyberspace.
  • Go to the head of the class.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • Read, write, speak and share.
  • Techno tools of the trade.
  • Learn fast, keep up and smile.

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The librarian of today has come a long way from the bun-wearing matron with thick glasses and sensible shoes who spent a large part of day checking out books, assessing fines and admonishing those who were less than perfectly quiet. Librarians come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and genders. There are those who come into the profession straight from college and library school as well as many who discover that librarianship is the next logical step after spending part of a career lifetime working in other areas. Books remain a major part of a library’s function, but technology has risen in the ranks and has become so pervasive, no librarian worth his or her salt can enter or exist in the profession without at least cursory knowledge of major innovations in technology and a keen interest in what lies ahead.

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