January 20, 2022

In Praise of Librarians and Archivists: Appreciating the Colleagues Who Make Professors’ Jobs Easier

Thanks to Professor Mark Cheathem, Associate Professor of History, Cumberland University for some very kind words about librarians and archivists.

Via His Post on the Readex Blog:

Working with academic librarians and archivists has opened my eyes to some of the challenges that they face. At the risk of being accused of finger wagging, one of the major challenges, unfortunately, is the professoriate itself. While many of us value our library and archival colleagues, we may not realize that we may be our own worst enemy when it comes to helping them help us.


The challenges that archivists face are not unlike those facing academic librarians. During tight financial times, public archives offer an easy sacrificial lamb, as the Tennessee State Library and Archives discovered this past year when Governor Bill Haslam and the state legislature threatened to, and subsequently did, cut employees and hours at the state archives. Even private archives are affected by an economic downturn, when donors and memberships may dry up.


So, for all of you librarians and archivists who have helped me and others over the years, thank you. You do not get enough credit (or pay) for what you do.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.