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We’ve all seen a movie or two that has a scene set in the Archives or a Special Collections Library. Movie magic can really show our work off well. The silver screen is notorious for exaggeration and over generalizing certain tasks and this is even true for the depictions of the world of Special CollectionsContinue reading “Movie Myths: Busted!”
Every so often in the news we hear about an important document that was previously unknown and discovered in the archives. Beginning in 2012, The Atlantic ran two pieces about one such example: The Leale Report. This is a perfect case to examine for making archival labor transparent and looking at several myths in theContinue reading “Is it Lost in the Archives?: Discovery Myths and Archival Labor”
Has the internet impacted perceptions about archivists and the work we do? Caitlin Patterson’s article “Perceptions and Understandings of Archives in the Digital Age” intends to help us understand.1 Here are the main takeaways of her survey: Increased expectations to find both general information and archival materials online. Respondents felt that archives were inaccessible andContinue reading “Awareness and Perceptions of Archives”
Illuminations is a blog devoted to shedding light on the ongoing research, preservation, and outreach activities involving the unique materials held by the Special Collections & Archives Division (SCA) of the Florida State University Libraries. This blog highlights how FSU SCA supports active learning and engagement, as well as provides a behind the scenes peek into the day to day activities of our librarians and archivists. Posts are written from different perspectives, both student and professional, and provide insights into our collections and the work necessary to make them accessible to all, both in the present and for decades to come.
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