Category Archives: People issues

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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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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Shipping and receiving

When I leave the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to walk on the National Mall, I pass its loading dock on 7th Street, N.W. Do you work in a Gallery, Library, Archives, or Museum (GLAM)?  Raise your hands if … Continue reading

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Online reflections

A tweet by @KeishaBlain caught my eye last Tuesday.  Dr. Blain, historian and author (Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom), shared her thoughts about life online in a thoughtful thread which began … Continue reading

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Connecting the past and the present

In a building in Washington, DC that fills almost an entire block between 4th and 5th Streets, NW, a ground floor hallway connects the north and south lobbies.  At the two ends of corridor are display cases.  In my job … Continue reading

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