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Letters to the Editor as Advocacy
by Meridith Halsey
One of the biggest barriers to archival access is the invisibility of archivists. Although advocacy efforts on behalf of institutions are necessary, I want to cover an easy way to be an advocate for our profession independent of our institutions: writing letters to the editor.
I think we are all familiar with the “dusty archives” and the “asocial archivist” stereotypes that appear too-frequently in news articles. These and other stereotypes persist because we are not effectively challenging them. But it doesn’t have to be this way!We can respond directly to these newspapers and supply better, more accurate descriptions of who archivists are and what archivists do.
Below are recent examples of individual archivists courageously putting themselves out there; they have set examples for the rest of us to follow.
Letters to the Editor (with…
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