I discovered that Google Books has digitized the “Hobart College General Catalogue of Officers, Graduates and Students, 1825-1897” so I added a link to our website.

This is one of those resources I find myself consulting most often to answer questions like, “I believe my great grandfather graduated from Hobart, can you confirm that?”

It’s a great resource because it gives information on what they were doing when the book was published, as well as what awards they receives or societies they belonged while at Hobart.

Meebo on the Archives page.

December 20, 2007

I’m experimenting with Meebo on my Archives page.  When I am here and at the computer it will show me as online and anyone who comes to the page can ask a question, or chat with me.  They are private messages. (I’d love to hear from you.)

I’ll let you know what I think.  I may get overwhelmed and give it up, but somehow I doubt it.

Celebrate the Solstice!!

Cleaning Mode

December 19, 2007

The whole library is in total cleaning mode.  They are planning on implementing a learning commons, which will require space and rearrangement.  The good part of this is being forced to reconsider some things stashed in the corners, that probably should have been tossed, not stashed in the first place.  Questions:

  • Is there any need to keep shelf list cards for items that are cataloged online? None that I can see.
  • Is there any need to keep signs made for displays that were only up for one month?  Would we ever be conducting research on what displays were done in the library?  I am doubtful.
  • Floppy disks that can to longer be read – when the culture here has been to print out and file everything that was important? No
  • Software and manuals for programs that will not run on any computer existing in the library?  I think not.
  • Circulation slips for everything that was ever pulled from archives or special collections?  I don’t mean by item, just piles.  Good-bye.

I may be back with additions to the list as I poke the corners.

Tracking your progress

December 7, 2007

I recommend blogging to keep track of your progress.  I was just asked to make a list of my accomplishments in the last year.  I keep a list on Outlook notes, but don’t update regularly.  I just read the titles on my blog entries and was able to complete the list.  I love anything that makes my life easier!

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