During the month of December I am participating in #reverb14 as a means of getting my writing habits back on track. I will be altering the prompts as needed to fit within the scope of this blog. Today’s prompt: Small Pleasures: What small pleasures did you discover this year?
Part way through this year I reconnected with some of the archival work I love. My role as a Researcher/Curator meant that I was spending less time focused on archival practice. Reconnecting and spending a few days accessioning and physically processing a collection reminded me how much I enjoy archival work.
I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with seeing order brought to a jumble of papers. I find physical processing oddly relaxing, perhaps it’s the organizational side of me rejoicing at the rules of processing and description. Knowing that the work I do makes material accessible and discoverable online is a huge motivator. It’s rewarding to see archives actively being used and researchers engaging with the material that was previously an unorganized box of papers.