Author Archives: Dylan McDonald

The Banning of Henry Miller’s The Tropic of Cancer

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.  Supported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public’s right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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New Special Collections Titles for April-June 2020

Special Collections added the following 11 titles to ASC’s holdings during the second quarter of 2020.  Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search Primo, the library’s…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part IV: The New Normal

The first three posts in this thread have focused on how the pandemic has altered my work routine.  If you will indulge me, I would like to provide some random thoughts on how this has dramatically affected my time away from the office.  With coronavirus ravaging New Mexico and the state’s economy in freefall, it…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part III: Groundhog Day?

Working from home never appealed to me.  As an archivist, working temporarily from my apartment presents many complications.  For many professions that is doubtlessly true.  I do not wish to discount those fields but rather reflect on the only employment I have known for the past 20 years.  I pursued a career in the archival…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part II: No Longer Essential

The week of March 16th proved to be unlike any other in my working career.  Normally changes in large bureaucratic organizations occur over weeks, months, even years, yet the rapidity with which new directives rolled-out proved stunning.   By that Friday, I was packing up needed files, paperwork, and other material to begin working from home…
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Getting to know the ASC Staff during a time of Social Distancing

  We sure miss you Aggie Nation!  Please know we are still available to help you with your research needs even if Branson Library is currently not open to the public.  Get to know our staff as they each briefly tell how they came to work at ASC and why they are so passionate about…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part I: A Brave New World 

I was blissfully unaware that Cowboy Days would be the last public event I attended.  Actually, I spent little time among the ranch animals and unique activities on Saturday, March 7, so I suppose it is another grudge I harbor against COVID-19, however I had come to work at the event.  My colleague and I staffed a table inside the New Mexico…
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Documenting COVID-19: Archiving the Present for the Future

The changes brought to New Mexico in response to the outbreak and spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19 or the coronavirus, cannot be overstated.  Following the March 11, 2020 public health emergency declared by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexicans have worked to combat the pandemic in their homes, workplaces, and communities…
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New Special Collections Titles for January-March 2020

Special Collections added the following 15 titles to Archives and Special Collection’s (ASC) holdings during the first quarter of 2020.  The list is a sample of purchased and donated publications and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search Primo, the library’s catalog.      Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary by Ronald Rael (University of California Press: 2017) …
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Welcome to the Open Stacks! 

The staff of the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) are excited to launch Open Stacks as a way to share with the public the dynamic and diverse content found in our collections.  With this digital platform, we also hope to connect more meaningfully with our users, highlight the varied work we perform, and share important…
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