Yes, the holiday season is upon us, even here at ArchivesNext worldwide headquarters. I’m working on one serious post for next week that I hope will attract some discussion, but otherwise I hope to shift attention to caroling, eggnog-drinking, present-wrapping, and general merry-making. But, I’m inspired by a book I bought for myself with Christmas shopping (c’mon, I know you do it too), to ask what archives-related items you’d like to receive (or give) this year. The book–which I can’t recommend highly enough–is Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books. I haven’t finished it yet, but so far it’s touching, and funny, and inspiring, and yes, even has a little bit of archival content. I know one of my archivist friends is always recommending The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-line Pioneers but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. What’s on your list?
Oh, and if anyone out there wants to be my Secret Santa, feel free to get me a Francis Francis 208003 X8 iperEspresso Machine (in red, I think), or pay for the two-year service contract for an iPhone (oh no, here come from comments from the Droid fans!), or, and if you could swing this one, I’d really love it, get the National Archives to develop a strategic plan for their digitization and use of social media. Hmm … no takers, right? Let’s stick to the smaller stuff–what do you want to give or receive this year? (Seriously, that book about the Yiddish books is great–and no, I received no compensation of any kind in return for saying that.)
UPDATE: How could I forget to mention that I’m sure what everybody really wants for Christmas is a COPY OF MY NEW BOOK. Well, ok, yeah, it’s not exactly a stocking stuffer. But it is supposed to be coming out (according to Amazon) on December 31.