From: Karl Miller <[log in to unmask]>
> I doubt that my successor ever followed up on the lead.
> My successor once said, "why do you bother with those
> old scratchy discs, people want it on CD..." I will
> always remember that comment as it encapsulates what
> was my experience in dealing with my fellow librarians
> ...and the library profession in general. Best, Karl
I think that EVERY researcher has come across all too many people like
this who are really misfits in this profession. They are only
interested in the art of cataloging and don't care or understand WHAT
they are cataloging -- it could be cat poo for all they care. The
recent discussion in this list about the concurrent ARSC conference
sessions brought this up, but in this case concerning the tech sessions
(which might include the technology of cataloging (?):
From: "David Lewis" <[log in to unmask]
> some institutions, such as NPR for example, send out personnel
> to attend those meetings specifically. Some of these attendees
> -- and I've talked to them, so I know -- haven't the slightest
> interest in attending to a historic paper on any topic; it
> doesn't relate to their jobs, or if it did, they wouldn't know.
> We need these warm bodies to help support the organization so
> that there continues to be a forum for the historic papers that
> hardcore attendees feel are the lifeblood of ARSC.
> Uncle Dave Lewis Lebanon, OH
Over the decades I have seen many librarians and archivists come and go
in both ARSC and IASA. So many when they retire or change their job to
something that does not deal in sound recordings just disappear. It
becomes obvious that many of these had no REAl interest in the content
of the sound recordings they were cataloging.
I know that this opinion does not make me popular among some of the
institutional people -- except those who ARE interested in the content
and often came to their position from having been a collector. But
admit it -- you all know people in in the business who just as rather be
in some other area.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]