Author Archives: ArchivesMaarja

Who’s in the picture?

Lin-Manuel Miranda made daring creative choices as he gave voice to the characters in Hamilton who sing about time, perspective, written words, and loss of agency in “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?” After Aaron Burr kills Alexander … Continue reading

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Difficult conversations

Dr. Lonnie Bunch, the first African American to be named the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, explained as he took office his vision for its museums and archives. “I think the biggest goal of history at the Smithsonian ought to … Continue reading

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“What people need to hear”

February 12, 1946.  Sgt. Isaac Woodward, a decorated African American World War II veteran, asks the driver of a Greyhound bus travelling in South Carolina to stop the bus when able so he can relieve himself.  It’s customary for passengers … Continue reading

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Classroom to office: your leadership options

Who can lead?  Students, new professionals, designated leaders, appointed leaders, elected leaders, technical experts with durable (“soft”) skills, community activists.  People we don’t yet know about but who are out there listening, learning, talking, thinking.  Personal choices affect how and … Continue reading

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New Skills, Part 2: Choosing to learn

In “New Skills, Part 1: The Gathering Place,” I looked at Kate Theimer’s successful forum for knowledge professionals and what made ArchivesNext work so well from 2007 to 2015.  I still hear Kate’s wise exhortation, “Be the change!”  Nostalgia can … Continue reading

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New Skills, Part 1: The Gathering Place

Catching up on Social Media recently, I read Kate Theimer’s Twitter announcement that at the end of April she is closing down her ArchivesNext blog.   I’ve been thinking this month about new skills for a new age.  Her tweet … Continue reading

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Making history

Two conferences in Washington (2011, 2013) on the Cold War and the Berlin Wall brought together historians, archivists, records experts, and past participants in events.  Newly declassified records provided additional insights.  The recollections of participants reminded listeners at the National … Continue reading

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