So, yesterday was a long one… Still spring break and very quiet around here. I spent most of my day uploading digital files to content DM, and really, sometimes at the end of the day you just don’t have any brainpower left. That is when you get astounding metadata such as this:
Yeah it was lazy of me, but the purpose of this digital collection is to get the items ONLINE and ACCESSIBLE. Mainly for an archivist at a sister school who wanted us to send our actual boxes to them (yeah right). Shallow metadata, and let’s get it out there ASAP. Still sort of pains me though, wish I had all the time in the world to do this right, it will probably have to be re-done in years to come. (that miscellaneous category tho) That may be a problem with most libraries, do the bare bones of what you can and get it out there, and then go back and fix (or not fix?) Everything later. Maybe not the best way to operate, but I think a lot of things in this world hang on solely by a thread. Libraries and archives being one of them.
On a side note. I’m trying to learn how to create an LCC call out of my own brain. And doing so by reading a “fundamental” training guide published by the LOC, which by the way is 400+pages. Original cataloging is a lost art, and one I’m really wild about, but this is going to take me some time. I’m stoked to try my hand at some special collections items. I can Dewey relatively well, but this is a whole new world. Ever notice that In DCC library science is listed at the beginning 020, while LCC puts it last in Z? What’s the deal with that? Are academics saying the people organizing their information aren’t important? Why isn’t it with the “real” sciences? I’m going to guess only about 2% of the world will think this is an interesting thought. (Sigh)
Well I don’t think I’ll get many questions from students today, staff wise it’s a ghost town anyways. Kind of just messing around and getting as much done on this Gladdys collection done. After scanning and uploading about 8000 digital items I’m really feeling like I’m getting to know this lady. Hell, I’ve read excerpts from her childhood dairies that’s pretty personal. I wonder if in the early 1900s as she sat writing these that a space age lady would be making her materials public for research via this thing called the interwebz, it almost sounds like some sort of evil nightmare. Maybe it is, but she donated them so…… I like to think she would be happy, and honored, but you can’t really ask the deceased these things so we plug on.