I mentioned in comments a few days ago that I was hoping to get in a post about some basic differences between libraries and archives before things became really busy for me again. But it looks like that’s going to have to wait for another week or more as things are busy again.
In the meantime, you can watch Jon Stewart make fun of archiving in a way that suggests he thinks of it as a kind of librarianship. At least, I think you can watch it. Copyright prevents me from actually playing the clip below, but I’ve watched the episode on the website for the Canadian channel here that broadcasts the show and I’ve seen the clip described textually as the piece I think it is. Let me know if it is not, in fact, Jon Stewart talking about a job ad for an archivist working on the Grateful Dead collection.
Yep, looks like the right clip.
I guess they wouldn’t be visible outside of Canada anyway, but the Canadian comedy channel does not provide embed codes for their videos (or at least not in an easy to find way). On the whole, they seem more restrictive with online video than the U.S.
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