I've been on this list for many many years, lurking except for a post or
two, but am finally motivated to post.
There's a couple or three components to this, I'll try to organize it in a
way that makes sense.
First: Joyce Jenje Makwenda will be presenting on her work in the Ann Arbor
area on Thursday (http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/detail/joyce_jenje_makwenda
She is an archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer who lives and
works in Harare, Zimbabwe where she founded and runs the Joyce Jenje
Makwenda Collection Archive
<http://www.joycejenjearchives.co.zw/author/joyce/>. It is one of the
largest privately-owned archives in Zimbabwe, housing documented
interviews, newspapers, vinyl records, photography, musical instruments,
and other objects.
She will repeat the presentation in Detroit at the Zimbabwe Cultural Center
of Detroit on July 13. I thought this might be of interest to ARSC members
in this area.
Which leads me to then next part; are there ARSC members in this area (I'm
just outside Ann Arbor but Detroit is just a 25 minutes away)? I have
never really been "in the field" and abandoned efforts to work my way in a
number of years ago, but maybe it's time to rethink.
Some background: I was in the MLIS program at the University of Washington
a few years ago. I was interested in reference librarianship, but when
Google search came in, and I realized that my particular knack for research
was obsolete! I could either dig in deeper, or shift my focus. I didn't
have the mental discipline or attention span to dig deeper, so I looked
around for other areas of interest. I was fascinated with archiving audio
materials, but there was no coursework available for that there. The more I
read about this on this list, the more intimidated I became about trying to
figure this out or do it on my own. I was concerned that I would probably
ruin rather than preserve what I could get my hands on.
My degree work was interrupted; now that I am in a new situation, I'm
thinking perhaps I should rethink this. I haven't looked into what's
available locally. I'm retired, and don't need to make money, but rust,
moisture, sticky shed etc never sleeps, so maybe there's something I could
contribute as a volunteer?
Thanks to all who stayed with me to the end!