54 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 296 — 2018 or deed of gift. In the rare book and manuscript tradition, manuscripts may refer to individual documents or similar resources that are generally created by external sources and are often purchased by the collecting repositories. For effective collaboration, it is useful to know when the same terms are used in different ways. If libraries and archives start with questions about our shared areas of responsibility and concern, there will be a growing understanding of our roles, responsibilities, interests, and desired futures in our conjoined professions. Libraries and the library community far outnumber archives and archivists, so archives are most commonly found in academic libraries rather than separate organizations as they might be. How do we come together and achieve our individual and collective goals? Radical collaboration can help. A challenge that appears to be increasing as practitioners and researchers from more domains become interested in archives and special collections is that key terms like “archives,” “archivist,” and “archiving” are used in different ways, especially in a digital context. We have seen that a lack of clarity on terminology leads to ambiguity and misunderstandings resulting from a belief that people are talking about the same things in the same ways when they are not, which works against productive collaborations. To forge effective collaboration, it is important to explore perceptions of archives and archiving. How do we develop a common understanding of what we do? If libraries and archives start with questions about our shared areas of responsibility and concern, there will be a growing understanding of our roles, responsibilities, interests, and desired futures in our conjoined professions.