Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

5 p.

Publication Date

2006

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter

Source Publication

Microform & Imaging Review

Source ISSN

0949-5770

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1515/MFIR.2006.129; Shelves: Z 265 .M565 Memorial Lower Level 4

Abstract

Anniversary celebrations provide archivists and librarians with many unique opportunities to build public support for their programs. Archivists, in particular, are expected to be a resource for such events. Handled adroitly, anniversary programming can offset the “dusty shelf” stereotype that frustrates many professionals. Moreover, resource allocators planning an anniversary are likely to look to their archives for ideas and special projects, initiatives that may result in additional financial and staffing resources. Describing the positive public relations value of anniversaries, archivist Tim Ericson has gone so far as to suggest “The Archivist's First Law of Outreach”:

Human beings are unable to resist celebrating any anniversary divisible by twenty-five.

Comments

Published version. Microform & Imaging Review, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Fall 2006): 129-133. DOI. © Walter de Gruyter 2006. Used with permission.

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