From reference to record: the crossover of libraries and archives at the Society of Antiquaries

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The library at the Society of Antiquaries of London (image courtesy of SAL)

No updates from me in a while, but the good news is that I have been doing something during all this time! I so enjoyed my last stint of voluntary work in an archive that I decided to take the plunge again and try more of the same in a different location. I was lucky enough to secure myself one day a week at the superb library and archive of The Society of Antiquaries of London, based in Piccadilly. Continue reading

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Taking a break and volunteering somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse*

Around this time of year, I would normally expect to be restarting my studies. This year, however, I have decided to take a break from the course. This is for a number of reasons, but most of all it’s because I feel that I would benefit at this point from some more practical experience in order to put the skills which I have learned to use in real situations. My studies have involved a lot of work on sample classifications, reports on imaginary scenarios and a lot of thinking about the theoretical side of knowledge organisation, but applying these is a very different skill. Luckily there is an archive reasonably close to where I live, and back in July they just happened to be asking for volunteers to help catalogue some of their small collection.

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