What do you want to see in your stocking this year?

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.

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4 thoughts on “What do you want to see in your stocking this year?”

  1. This could certainly head towards a reading wishlist and that list is very long for me…so instead, I’ll name a couple of apropos objects. I want a large supply of microspatulas because I always seem to be unable to find one when I need it AND so I can give one out to each attendee at all my presentations. I think everyone should have their very own microspatula. I also wish for a large box of white gloves to give out to all of the children on my list, because I know that even if my daughter and others in the under 7 crowd don’t really understand what I do, at least they can wear the gloves an think I’m really cool.

  2. Want to echo your praise of Aaron Lansky’s book ‘Outwitting History.’ I’m hoping sometime this winter to make a day trip to the Yiddish Book Center. It’s an incredible story.

  3. All I want this holiday season is four more sponsors for PAHR in the House so that next year EVERY STATE has a sock full of money to re-grant to historical records projects. There is only one week left before adjournment, and we are still short of the 50 sponsors we need.

  4. I’ve been searching information about the book you recommended and it seems very interesting.
    Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it here in Spain. I looked for it in many small libraries, our National Library, even in famous on-line bookstores, but I couldn’t find it. Maybe I’ll have to wait a few months until a translation is made, or buy it in English.
    The other title is also very interesting, I think that Victorian times are always related with great adventures and discorverings.
    Now I’m going to read “La biblioteca en el medio rural”, (we could translate it like “The library in the rural enviroment”), I hope that it will be a curious and enriching experience.
    Thank you for your advices and for this interesting blog.

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