While the story in the above video is somewhat interesting, what I find more fascinating is the library workers interviewed for the piece. Seeing their meticulous organization and preservation work all while wearing fancy little doctor’s coats is kind of neat. The zeal with which they prepared the work and the giddiness I sense for their discovery of the hidden picture in the cardboard slats is very endearing.

I guess I have a soft spot for collectors. Many of my best friends (and myself) could be considered pack-rats and it makes one wonder where the line between obsessive collector and archivist really is drawn. There’s a sort of joy in seeing people who are clearly competent and really enjoy their job. The way the girl with the green hair in the video looks lovingly to the patch collector is quite nice.

(via The NY Public Library Blog)

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