Cleaning up

March 13, 2008

The push for spring in the whole library is to clean out anything that is just taking up space.  It looks like Archives is the only thing that isn’t going to be moved this summer for the construction of the Learning Center on the 1st floor.

My bit has been to clean out the “vault”, which you couldn’t work through.  Since, in the fall the Rare Book Room is going to become part of Archives, we’ve moved some of the visually interesting items to the locked, glass cabinets in there.

There were also two shelves full of framed items.  I think most were in the vault only because there was no other place to put them.  I’ve divided them into those that would go well hung in the Rare Book Room and  those that can be “deframed”, foldered, and stored in the flat file.  Student worker Hayley Mason, has taken on the “deframing” project and is doing a great job with it.

The big clean up for me is to go through the “piles” that have built up again.  Once I get them in accessions in Archivist’s Toolkit, and they have a number on them, I can stick them in cold storage and know they won’t be lost.  Any yet, they are out of my way.

I’m still working on how to make my PDFs created from email, valid PDF/A’s.  Always looking for ideas.

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