Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.
–Queen Jocasta (Oedipus Rex by Sophocles)
You leave the office for day and the whole place falls apart. I was off yesterday and returned to work to discover that another one of my archival colleagues, ground down and burnt out from trying to keep things running while the Arnorian government visits endless cuts on the university library, has given notice. That means that the Archives unit now only has two staff members to run the show which is completely impossible. The impending shutdown of the Archives Research Room puts my Oral History unit in a quandary because we share space in the same area of the library. If the Research Room is closed, our patrons can’t reach us. We could move our operation, but where in the library would we go, space being at premium? And what will happen to the miles of manuscripts and millions of historical photos housed in the Archives itself which the university is legally obligated to care for? Unit heads meet next week to see if they can cobble together some sort of solution. If not, the day of reckoning will fall in about two weeks.
Of course, if the Arnorian State Legislature continues to shrink the university’s budget, the entire library will collapse in the new fiscal year thus rendering our operational crisis moot. The saga continues …..