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Is This the End?

It’s the end of the year and I should be reflective, especially since I only have a few days left of being a librarian. And that’s what this blog is about, me and my experiences in being a librarian and other librarian-ish things. [Cues up New Edition’s “Is This the End“.]

So now that I’m switching gears and entering the archival world, is maintaining my blog necessary? Maybe misleading is a better word than necessary. Misleading in the sense that I’m not a librarian anymore. That is the question I’m wrestling with, am I still a librarian if I work in archives? 

When I was in library school there was an archival specialization, and as far as I know there’s no graduate degree in archives. So is an archivist a synonym for librarian? I mean, clearly they do different things, but the fundamentals are similar. 

I’m sure it’ll be harder to explain my job now, because how many people visit archives? But I bet you’ve been to a library at some point in your life and have an idea of what goes on there. Oh dang, I think I may have just questioned myself into a reason to maintain this blog. 

11 thoughts on “Is This the End?

  1. Please keep blogging! I want to know what an archivist does! 😊plus I want to hear about your adventures! And I would definitely say that an archivist is a type of librarian!

  2. There are indeed grad programs in archives, though the specific names vary — it’s a Master of Archives & Records Management at Western Washington University, Master of Archives & Public History at NYU, and Master of Archival Studies at Clayton State, just to look at three.

    I only took one archives class in library school, but just from that small glimpse into the world of archives, it seemed like quite a different beast, with more of a focus on preservation than on universal access. I’m excited to learn more as you dive deeper into your job, though! Congrats on the new gig!

  3. I started with my toes in the archival world and then switched to librarianship. I think they are related but definitely different. Certainly not interchangeable. Either way, congratulations and I look forward to reading about your adventures!

  4. I also started in archives world and became a librarian. I ultimately decided to keep my blog url (manuscript mania) but changed the the site title. However, I think you should keep the blog and the site name. 🙂 I don’t think we hear as much from LIS professionals who switch between tracks in LIS and your voice is important. Plus, librarians work in archives too!

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