I am reposting the below from a guest write up I did for the blog AEA365: A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators
– mostly because I think it is an important topic and a decent blog post. You can see the original post here.
Martha Meacham on Navigating Copyright Issues: When Should We Be Concerned?
PDF of NEA Spring 15 Program
I attended the New England Archivist (NEA) conference this past weekend. I really enjoy remaining active in this organization, regardless of my job title. I also think it is important to continually expose myself to what people are doing in other, varied fields. I strongly believe that information professionals across the spectrum are much more similar than different. We can learn a lot from each other, often novel insights and ideas on issues we all face, if we just step outside the narrow definitions or the silos of specific titles/roles. I can almost always find something that is applicable to my work. Even if only some parts, or with innovation of my own, I can find unique ways of applying the pioneering projects of others.
The other day I was at my local public library and I made a comment to the person I was with that I could never work in a public library. It was not meant to slight the work of public librarians, just an observation that the work they do is generally very different from the work I do. It can seem that public and academic librarians almost work in two different professions. I have the utmost respect for those in public libraries simply because I don’t think I could handle it. Well, regardless of intent, the karma gods must have heard my comment.
I had a very bittersweet patron interaction recently. It exemplified everything that I absolutely love about my job but was a very sad situation.