“I think you’re more an archivist than a librarian,” he said.
He told me that archivists and librarians were opposite personas. True librarians are unsentimental. They’re pragmatic, concerned with the newest, cleanest, most popular books. Archivists, on the other hand, are only peripherally interested in what other people like, and much prefer the rare to the useful.
“They like everything,” he said, “gum wrappers as much as books.” He said this with a hint of disdain.
“Librarians like throwing away garbage to make space, but archivists,” he said, “they’re too crazy to throw anything out.”
-Avi Steinberg, Running the Books
Come sit inside my head and look at my thought process.
and I’ve been trying to think for a while now why that name is so familiar to me. I finally succumbed to Google and oh, of course. When I was still planning on a career in publishing, I researched MA programs. My three schools were NYU, George Washington University, and Emerson. I’m still very intrigued by that world, but I think I’m headed towards book conservatorship. And yes, damn you Chrome, that is a word.
University of Texas’ Kilgarlin Center is now defunct, so I’ll have to start nosing around for other conservation/preservation programs.
Christina challenged me to find information on a Master’s of Music Performance from NYU because it was so difficult for her to find. I, of course, accepted and believe I have found the information in question in ten minutes flat. Nothing new, I’m like an information bloodhound who also happens to be fabulous.
BUT. I did turn up something new. NYU offers a dual-degree Master of Science in Library and Information Science in conjunction with Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. Which means I could have a specialist foundation. In New York! I could intern at MoMAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
I’m going to print this out, tack it on my wall, and work my ass off towards it.
The 66-year-old is said to have started painstakingly arranging copies of rare books about the history of early American rock and the Second World War using libraries standard Dewey Decimal classification system.