The archivist’s romance novel contest: What would you do if you were in her frumpy shoes?

Yes, it’s here, the long-awaited contest! The format has changed a bit now that I’ve actually read the book but I’ve done this to make it possible for even more of you to participate and compete to win a FABULOUS PRIZE!

Rules: Answer the questions below and be sure to provide explanations. You may also submit a short extra credit essay if your enthusiasm for the subject matter really carries you away. Email your submission to info [at] archivesnext.com by Tuesday, March 22. I will announce the winners on Friday, April 1 and it is then that you will also learn exactly what FABULOUS PRIZE they have won. The winning entries will be posted the following week, for your own edification and amusement.

Note that the perspective from which you answer these questions is up to you. I cannot predict the whimsical minds of the judges, but I would guess they would want to reward humor, passion, and sound archival ethics, but that a winning entry need not necessarily display all three. Sometimes it pays to discard ethics in your drive to become a princess, and sometimes it doesn’t.

WARNING! THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS CONTAIN SPOILERS, SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK AND WISH TO RETAIN YOUR PURITY UNTAINTED, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER.

 

And now, the questions, what would you do . . .

1. You are waiting in a royal library to meet your new employer, a prince. You are told that he may be delayed for some time. While you are waiting, you

a. Sit patiently and occupy yourself by doing some other work or checking on the world outside Ruvingia on your iPhone.
b. Survey the holdings of the library and select a book or books from an easily accessible lower shelf.
c. Climb a ladder, remove a stack of books from a top shelf and pile them in your lap, and perch precariously so that one leg (one seriously sexy leg) dangles exposed.
d. None of the above.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

 

2. You are physically attracted to a co-worker and enter into a personal relationship with him. Because of your devotion, you put in extra hours to help him on an assignment. Your romantic partner passes off your work as his own and receives a promotion. He then ends your relationship in a humiliating way. Do you

a. Chalk it up to experience and move on.
b. Seek redress through institutional channels and also consult a lawyer.
c. Take an assignment in a remote fairy tale kingdom to nurse your wounds.
d. None of the above.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

Follow up question:

2A. If you chose “c” would you then contact this former romantic interest (also known “slimeball”) and ask for a favor regarding an extremely sensitive and important document the fate of which is critical to rebuilding your career?

a. No, that would be foolish. I would find another contact to perform this service.
b. Yes, I trust his professionalism even though I have had ample evidence that he has none.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

 

3. Your employer, the prince with a scandalous reputation to whom you are physically attracted, asks you to act as his public “companion.” In exchange for this service you will receive two full-time qualified staff members for your office. This request is accompanied by an interaction that would qualify as sexual harassment in any workplace outside Ruvingia.  Do you:

a. Decline. This is a situation that is clearly unethical and rife with possible complications.
b. Decline and book a flight out of the country. Unethical and personally catastrophic.
c. Accept. Have you not read the preceding four chapters?
d. Accept but insist on no more funny business.
e. None of the above.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

 

4. Your employer, who by now you are hopelessly besotted with, wishes to arrange a rendezvous in which you will consummate your burgeoning physical passion. Do you say:

a. No. This will be personally and professionally disastrous.
b.No. He’s asking in the middle of the day and there’s still work to be done. Maybe after 5.
c.Yes. Maybe you can get a few more staff members out of this?
d. Yes. Have you not read the preceding eight chapters?
e. None of the above.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

5. The key element of your job is determining the age and authenticity of a document you have discovered in the royal archives. You have received information that supports the theory that the document is genuine. Do you inform your employer:

a. At the first possible opportunity. (Chapter 7)
b. At the second possible opportunity. (Chapter 8 )
c. At the third possible opportunity. (Chapter 9)
d. At the fourth possible opportunity. (Chapter 10)
e. At the fifth possible opportunity (Chapter 11)
f. None of the above.

Answer:

Explain your choice:

Extra credit:

Select any section of the book (no more than four paragraphs) and revise it to demonstrate how your ideal archivist/manuscript curator would have behaved.

 

All right, get cracking, and let me know if you have any questions!

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