This winter, SAA President Kathleen Roe challenged you to think about why you're an archivist as part of her "Year of Living Dangerously for Archives." Posts poured in on Facebook, Twitter, and in emails, each one unique, compelling, and thoughtprovoking. Thank you to all who participated—now let's share these words with the world! @MeaganKellom Because it's the closest we will ever get to living forever. Amy Cooper Cary I fell in love with the profession at so many different points—in Library School, in all of my jobs in Special Collections, teaching some fantastic students . . . I've grown in this profession. I've made wonderful friends in this profession. Most of all, I get to work every single day with "the cool stuff," work with great people, and make a difference bringing people in contact with collections. There's nothing better. . . @ArchivesSarah Because records are a haveto- have, not a nice-to-have, for accountability and memory Lynn Parrott Daw I am an archivist because, well . . . It's just me! I came to it through librarianship, specifically cataloging and preservation work, and a background in history. It just rounds out my service to my students and community and fits in with my love of organizing, fixing, discovering, teaching, caring for, and "showing off" our collections and the part they play in a much bigger public picture! @Hanak89 Stories are important. And to quote Ray Bradbury "Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future" Colleen McFarland Rademaker I am an archivist because I love facilitating relationships across time, between the living and the dead. I find archival work to be deeply spiritual because of the sense of connectedness that permeates the archives. @archivesninja I believe the stories we tell about ourselves have the power to shape our future Rob Spindler I am an archivist because I love the adventure of discovering unknown histories and hearing the stories of famous and not famous individuals. I believe archives make a difference by helping us all become more self aware and compassionate people as we compare our own lives to those of others past and present. @geistweg Because without preserving the tangible articles of our past, there can be no "history." Paul Caserta I am an archivist because of my love of storytelling. When I was young I was obsessed with historical literature of all types and the genre's teaching of social and cultural normalities of the past. It reminded me of stories one might hear from old relatives of days and times long gone. Eventually, the question was brought upon me of "who will save these stories for future listeners?" Archives to me are the warehouses of memories and the pieces of history that don't always get seen in the textbooks. @viadiversi Because I love people and their stories. And because archives are about memory, accountability, identity, and culture. @spellboundblog To defend transparency + work on digital preservation technology puzzles + improve access to archives through technology @CyclinArchivist Because I wanted to combine my love of "old stuff" and new technology. Nothing beats helping people find info they want. @marygkosta I like caring for the history of a community of strong compassionate women @jmddrake Because I want my grandkids to be able to remember #Ferguson
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