I had a grand plan to make a nice and tidy little post on “A day in the life of an archivist”. I was doomed from the start.
An archivist’s day is neither linear nor common. So many different possibilities exist within that little 8-hour time frame in which we work. You might sit down to begin processing a collection and a patron walks in with a question. You might be loading up the scanner when you’re suddenly called away to speak with a donor. In the great Chuck Berry’s words, “…it goes to show you never can tell”.
Therefore, the following represents some of the activities that might take place during a “typical” day in our Head Archivist’s world. While all activities are subject to change, you can guaran-darn-tee that Steve WILL NOT be missing his early morning coffee!