Moving out…moving in.

June 24, 2008

I’ve decided that moving is actually a good thing, even if it is a lot of work.  We are discovering stuff that was so deeply buried it hadn’t surfaced in the 5 years I’ve been here.

Using colored dots to color code the four collections are in document boxes is turning out to be such a great idea, I wonder that I didn’t think of it years ago.  The four collections are mss, programs, alumni and faculty.  For 5 years I’ve been explaining to my new student workers where one stops and the next one starts.  Now it is obvious: mss=green, pro=red, al=yellow, fac=blue. Since they will be numbered as well the chances are good that a box will get back to the right home.  So often the simplest changes can make such a difference.

It has been a long hall on the Joseph J. Myler Collection of Half Dime Novels, but it is finally complete. The listing started in MS Access, moved and was finished in Archivists Toolkit. The finding aid was exported from AT, and cleaned-up in Note Tab using EAD Cookbook clips. It makes me think we have come a long way since we started receiving this donation.

Take a look: http://academic.hws.edu/library/archives/dime.asp

The next step with my finding aids is to do something about the colors. Perhaps I need to move to another school to do it though. 🙂

The discussion list for Lone Arrangers has suddenly sprung to life.  It’s great! There are discussions on continuing education, diversity and reaching out to other Lone Arrangers.

If you are not already part of the discussion I suggest you get hooked up. You can get to the right spot for that at http://www.archivists.org/listservs/

I believe you have to be an SAA member

Danger, danger

June 13, 2008

It looks like they are about to start breaking windows and doing construction near me.  I have to fine a place to move to.  Have laptop, will travel.

Where did that year go?

Learning Commons construction is well under way. It looks great upstairs because a whole wall of windows, previously unseen in the main library, are now seen by the world. It makes the whole space look much more alive.

I’m busy making plans for moving the Archives collections. Almost everything will have to be moved. I’m trying to make sure that as little as possible will have to be moved more than once. I’m thinking of numbered, colored stickers on the document boxes to make sure they get back in the right order.

There were many folders of baccalaureate essays that were on warehouse shelving that got moved to lateral files, thanks to the help of Pauline, Karen and Ginny (awesome library staff members). I was exhausted and took a week off. When I returned they were all moved. I’d never make it without them!

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