Pular para o conteúdo principal

10 coisas que eu não aprendi nos Cursos de Arquivologia, por Sara Allain:

Letters to a Young Librarian: 10 Things I Didn't Learn in Archives School, by Sa...:

10 coisas que eu não aprendi nos Cursos de Arquivologia, por Sara Allain:

1. Papercuts are a job hazard.
And they really, really hurt. And at least once I got blood on the archival material.

2. It can be lonely.
Archival work can be solitary. I don't mean the kind of loneliness that comes from hanging out in a basement vault all day, though that’s part of it. Being physically alone is one thing, but perhaps more difficult was feeling like I was the only one who cared. It was hard to keep the value to future researchers in mind when no one seemed to care about the collection right now. Developing a supportive network of archivist pals (on twitter, for example!) really helped.

3. You have to talk to people.
A lot of people. I didn't get into archival studies because I thought I'd get to be a hermit, but I wasn't prepared for the amount of talking I'd need to do. Even working in a closed university archive without a reading room, I talked to my colleagues and my manager, of course, but also our chief librarian, the head of special collections, and the dean on a regular basis, not to mention the recruitment department, the student newspaper, and the committee in charge of planning anniversary celebrations for the institution. I lost whole days of processing work (on a deadline!) because I had to handhold an administrator through finding appropriately diverse historical photos of celebrations past.

4. You become an obsessive about your piles.
When I worked as a processing (arrangement & description) archivist, I became a neat freak. I've never been a particularly tidy person, but I would be in the middle of sorting a collection of letters when suddenly I realized it was 5pm and I needed to go home. I'd have a conference room-sized table covered in discrete piles of ephemera, peppered with little folded notes to my colleagues: PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH. IF YOU NEED THIS TABLE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH MY BEAUTIFUL PILES OF STUFF.

5. You don't have to like all of it...
I learned about archiving as a holistic endeavour - arrangement, description, appraisal, conservation, and access as many aspects of one job. In large or well-resourced institutions, this is patently untrue, of course - there are departments for acquisition, appraisal, and description, with staff members who rarely cross over into other areas. Lots of workplaces, though, are small enough that everyone wears multiple hats. I was, for a time, the only archivist, so I got to wear all the hats. It was during this time that I realized a core truth about myself: I hate writing descriptions. Recognizing and being honest about the parts of the job that appealed to me and the parts that didn't gave me a chance to grow as an archivist in productive ways, and it opened a lot of doors to the world outside of our tiny profession.

6. ... and you don't have to live it.
Being an archivist is a job. Fobazi Ettarh's “Vocational Awe and Librarianship: the Lies We Tell Ourselves” applies to archivists too. Some people live their work, at the workplace and outside it, and that's great if it works for them. But I’m not a lesser archivist because I prefer to have a solid work/personal life divide.

7. You have to justify your work.
In my first job as an archivist, I had to have one particular discussion over and over again: why did the archival collections need specific description software? I ran out of ways to say, "Because archival data is different than [library/digital humanities/scholcomm] data" in a way that made a lasting impact. It was frustrating, and it taught me a sobering truth: my colleagues who weren't archivists didn't know much about archives. I learned to be patient. I learned to repeat myself. I learned to stick to my belief that our collections deserved to be properly resourced. And I learned to do it with a smile on my face… most of the time.

8. You can do something else.
The archival world is small, and we're all competing for jobs, and there isn't enough work for the number of archivists who are graduating every year. I lucked into a good job as an archivist, but soon realized that the day-to-day work of a lone arranger just wasn’t for me. I was able to convert my diverse experience into a totally different kind of library job (communications!), and then moved right out of archives altogether and into software development. Look around and you'll find that lots of professions are looking for smart, passionate stuff-organizers.

9. No one has the answers.
Email, social media, digital preservation - we're still figuring it out. I regularly feel lost when it comes to these topics, but I’ve realized over time that it's okay to feel lost because we're all lost, as a profession. It's easy to focus on the small majority of people and institutions that are making headway - they're the folks who present at conferences and write papers and tweet about their amazing work. They’re wonderful! They're truly doing some exceptional work. But it's also okay to be the person who is doing the little things. You want to be ahead of the game on digital preservation? Make sure that your content isn't stored on a hard-drive and you'll be doing more than many. As we continue to push the boundaries of what archiving comprises in the 21st Century, it's okay to take an inch rather than a mile. Positive incremental change can be as powerful as the big leaps.

10. There's this moment.
I've talked to a lot of archivists about The Moment: the first time you realized that you were, as an archivist, responsible for something magnificent. My moment was holding a field book that was owned by Frank Urquhart who, along with his wife Norah and local Mexican guides, discovered where monarch butterflies migrate in winter. It wasn't the most exciting piece of archival content I'd handled, but it had a deep resonance for me, a kid who loved bugs and nature documentaries and was fascinated by the story of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico. Holding that field guide, I felt connected to the Urquharts, to scientific discovery, to something outside my archive. That moment is the one I think about when I'm downtrodden about lack of funding or bad policy. It's a moment that will always stick with me. And it’s a moment I’ve taken with me, even as I walked away from a traditional archivist role, as a reminder that my work has enduring meaning.

Sara Allain still calls herself an archivist and librarian, even though she decamped from the profession to work for a company that makes free and open source archival software. Spending her days frolicking through METS-XML files, format policies, and the vagaries of the software development lifecycle, she's never been happier. She's on twitter at @archivalistic.

Postagens mais visitadas deste blog

Nuxeo DM 5.4.2 - Manual para utilização

Antes de explicitar os objetivos e o público-alvo do manual, é relevante apontar as características do software Nuxeo. Este é uma ferramenta de Enterprise Content Management–ECM multiplataforma (Linux, Mac e Windows) de código aberto.
Cabe elucidar que ECM é um conjunto de tecnologias utilizadas para gerência do ciclo de vida das informações não-estruturadas de uma empresa, contemplando as fases de criação/captura, armazenamento, versionamento, indexação, gestão, descarte, distribuição, publicação, pesquisa e arquivamento.
Depois de apresentar de modo sucinto as características da ferramenta, vamos falar do manual para utilização do Nuxeo DM... porque foi desenvolvido e qual o seu objetivo!

A produção de um manual do Nuxeo Document Management voltado aos profissionais da informação surgiu da necessidade, cada vez maior, do profissional arquivista aproximar-se da TI, bem como dos softwares e aplicativos advindos da Gestão Eletrônica de Documentos Arquivísticos - GED/A. Diversos autores sa…

Fim do papel? Armazenar documentos em plataformas digitais já é uma realidade, mas ainda é preciso garantir segurança e transparência

Fim do papel? Armazenar documentos em plataformas digitais já é uma realidade, mas ainda é preciso garantir segurança e transparência Texto: Luiz Felipe Fernandes | Ilustração: Jessica Peixoto Parece o sonho de qualquer gestor público: salas e departamentos livres da papelada que abarrota pastas, arquivos e estantes. Toda a documentação em papel substituída por arquivos em formato digital, disponíveis de forma rápida e prática. Um cenário que, dada a realidade da maioria das repartições públicas brasileiras, parece distante, mas que, segundo estudiosos, já estamos vivendo. É o que eles chamam de sexto marco dos arquivos, um estágio em que não haverá mais documentos em suporte analógico. No entanto, a mesma perspectiva que dá um tom futurista a esse ambiente tecnológico, permite fazer projeções apocalípticas. Sem os recursos arquivísticos apropriados, os dados armazenados em formato digital não ficam totalmente protegidos, o que permite adulterações e apropriações indevidas, c…

Tradução da Instalação do AtoM (ICA-AtoM) do site da Artefactual versão 2.3 com Ubuntu 16.04

Tradução da Instalação do AtoM (ICA-AtoM) do site da Artefactual - Versão 2.3 com Ubuntu 16.04Documento original no Google Drive: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mMyAqcsBwbORC2AvNWEPutmZyHOQW4yWh0vme3KsZqk/pub
Linux - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)Muitos dos passos de configuração descritos neste documento são aplicáveis à qualquer ambiente moderno do Linux, contanto, alguns deles só serão aplicados ao Ubuntu e provavelmente à qualquer distribuição baseada em Ubuntu. Este documento é baseado em Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus). Uma vez que você o tenha instalado, você deve seguir as instruções descritas a baixo. Particularmente, nós usaremos pacotes do Ubuntu que podem ser encontrados nos repositóriosmain e universe.
Importante: Por favor verifique se você revisou os requisitos antes de prosseguir.
Instalando as dependências. MYSQL Nós recomendamos o uso do MySQL 5.6 que é muito mais rápido que seus antecessores. Também experenciamos resultados muitos bons usando Percona Server ou Mar…