turning in my crossbow

Remember when I said I was going to be borrowing energy from my interns? Yeah. I take it all back.

Instead, I’m going to be siphoning off their energy like I’m a starved vampire. Because damn. They are on fire.

I just sat in a room with five undergraduates who are working toward degrees in history, literature, anthropology, women’s studies, classical studies, and professional writing, and all five of them want to work in archives or libraries. One said the phrase “data curation”. They asked the question, “Is this unusual? To have five people who are so psyched about libraries?”

Yes, yes it is. And it is spectacular.

It’s a rough year for me, administratively — some unexpected staff departures mean we’re in “keep the lights on and the doors open and to hell with innovation for the next three months” mode, which hurts our professional souls. No one likes that mode. We’re also riding out a leadership transition at the college which, I believe, is taking us in the right direction but is going to require a period of chain-of-command uncertainty, and a financial reset for all of us at the Director level. Basically, for a short period of time, it’s just hard to do our work right now.

But these students. They don’t care. They’re giddy that I’m going to let them into the Archives, that they might get to touch old stuff. They want to explore our oldest living alumni, study our history during the Civil War and World Wars I and II, track the architectural history of the campus, do Then and Now of student life (specifically “what was college like for our parents?”), and find fun facts on our most off the wall student groups. They want to make things, and learn things, and they’re excited.

And so I’m excited.

So this vampire hunter is putting down her crossbow for a few days. The world can save its own damn self. Instead, I’m just going to feed on their energy, and then I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep doing. I’m going to keep the doors open, and the lights on, and we’re going to make something. We’re going to make something good.


  1. Best thoughts for making something good. Transitions and uncertainty are challenging times in which to keep your eyes on something larger than the dust in which you are trudging. But we must.


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