Category Archives: Cultural competence

“Our values remain unchanged”

Do Robert Caro’s iconic typewriter and notes of oral history interviews represent how a historian works?  Perhaps for some readers of his books who aren’t trained as or don’t work as historians.  What about historians?  It depends (that classic archivist … Continue reading

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Archival arrangement, archival learning

Pain, anxiety, hope and frustration punctuated the words students, job seekers, and the job insecure shared on the Archives & Archivists Listserv in January 2014.  But who was listening to messages under a post about “eating our young?”  A few … Continue reading

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Currency

Fluency in Spanish was only one of the skills Olga Johnson brought to her role in investigating Iran-Contra in 1987.  Most readers of my blog wouldn’t have recognized the auditor working for the nonpartisan U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) if … Continue reading

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Insta peer review

Change occurred in 2009 in our knowledge professions but people reacted in different ways.  Did you look back at the end of 2019 and pick out the moments and consider how they affected your studies and professional life? How you … Continue reading

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Legacy

Is “OK, boomer” a reaction to a particular perceived attitude?  Or does it reflect sweeping generalizations about people born between 1946 and 1964?  Is there an archives, library, history, and records context for the phrase? The NBC news site posted … Continue reading

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Making space for others

An essay by Dr. Robert Greene II about Star Trek and leadership helped me see a path we can follow in the history, archives, and records professions.  He illustrated the article with a photo of  Captain Jean-Luc Picard smiling as … Continue reading

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“Available to assist”

The union label inside the vintage dress has faded over four decades but you still can make out the letters ILGWU.  If you watched broadcast television 40 years ago, you might have seen an outreach campaign by the International Ladies … Continue reading

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