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Since March until last week I had volunteered at a museum in Middleton [I know very little about trains! Just about Blue Coal anthracite, and some unhelpful tidbits like Nova Scotia's new rail abandonment law]. I didn't post about it here because I still am struggling with feeling like anything I do matters, and typing a lot is a lot of energy for me now [LiveJournal removed Voice Posts unannounced which fucked-up me making those]. I was hired via CommunityINC. to do cataloguing/archiving for them because their collection has never been documented before. A lot of the items haven't been stored very well or treated well and it is very depressing. Like stickers stuck directly on a photograph where the stickers peeled up and took parts of the photograph with them. Coffee stains and such. I HATED dealing with taking pictures out of some frames as they often were stapled or held in with little pins. And the glass had a chance of being broken :-( I also ended-up running their Facebook Page, and dealing with patrons/potential donors

Anyway, besides from the depressing condition, and how dirty the place was, and dealing with people, I really enjoyed it. I felt really respected there. And I don't feel much respect towards me in my life. I got a GLOWING letter of reference from one of the Directors and they want me back in the spring (I was supposed to be done the 1ST week of November, but they decided to close it for the season a month early and winterise it now as it's been getting hella cold. It's in an old railway station.). It's not paid though which really sucks. And that's lead to lots of flack from some people in regards to wasting my time and such by working there. They just don't have the funds and only managed to pay me for my birthday. They did give me a name tag though. Anyway, that's another point in my life I went through.

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Next I have the 4 week NEO program [Navigating Employment Opportunities] through PeopleWorx. And I've been hired as a Deputy Returning Officer for the upcoming school board election.

Date: 2016-10-07 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com
And that's lead to lots of flack from some people in regards to wasting my time and such by working there.

Fuck 'em. You get a job in the museum world by paying your dues at unpaid internships, then jumping to badly-paid jobs, and networking through the people you meet at both. (Alas, I had too many student loans to stick to the badly-paid museum jobs and jumped ship for libraries! I misjudged that. :/)

Congratulations on everything!

Oh--and doing archiving and cataloging an undocumented collection? Seriously important work because all future cataloging will be based on the stuff you do to start with, and the collection is pretty much useless without good cataloging, because nobody knows everything that's in it, and it can't be used effectively by researchers or historians. So that's good, useful, essential work right there that will be SO INCREDIBLY HELPFUL in the future that you were responsible for. :) When I worked in museums, we loved and treasured all our volunteers. :)

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