Archivist as hero

It’s always nice when someone in the media gives a nod to our professions; even if they insist on some stereotyping. It’s even better when that media is the New York Times. Maureen Dowd concluded her Sunday June 24, 2007 column (A Vice President Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy) by saying:

“I love that Cheney was able to bully Colin Powell, Pentagon generals and George Tenet when drumming up his fake case for war, but when he tried to push around the little guys, the National Archive data collectors — I’m visualizing dedicated “We the People” wonky types with glasses and pocket protectors — they pushed back.

Archivists are the new macho heroes of Washington.”

Note: I’m not providing the link as it will expire shortly for anyone who is not a subscriber.

And by the way, if you subscribe and haven’t tried the TimesReader, check it out. I’m a convert. I carry the whole week on my laptop. It’s a quite comfortable and productive experience they’ve created that includes nice searching and annotation capabilities. It saved me from staring at Wild Hogs or The Astronaut Farmer during my June flights.

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About Jim Michalko

Jim coordinates the OCLC Research office in San Mateo, CA, focuses on relationships with research libraries and work that renovates the library value proposition in the current information environment.

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