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April 30, 2009

I learned a few months ago that Alumni House is scanning all of the yearbooks.  I only found out when they needed to borrow one they were missing.  Now Jared, Hobart Alumni Dir, is getting us together to see how we can support each other in these scanning projects.  How great is that?

Also, last week Sara and I went to a OCLC/RRLC workshop on CONTENTdm.  I think the meeting this morning will give us a opportunity to suggest the group lobby for buying CONTENTdm because Alumni House, Communications and the Library can all use it.  We’ll see what happens.


Authority files

April 15, 2009

I don’t know if any of you have run into the same situation with authorities that I have…

The  archives was originally setup  with item cataloging.  All  folders  are items in the card catalog.   I estimate  at best  20% of the  card catalog has  be converted to  MARC  and in our Voyager catalog. Since I came I’ve been item cataloging the digitized photographs.

Once Archivist’s Toolkit showed up on the scene, I’ve been trying to do incoming materials as collections.  Also, pulling some of the existing “items” together into subject collections for ease of use.

Now the names and subjects headings that are in the Voyager catalog are not in the AT names and subjects and visa versa.  I want to be as precise with our local names and subjects as p0ssible.  Here is my plan:

  • I have Pauline, a super precise cataloger in our Tech Services, working with me.
  • Pauline is checking the names and subjects I have already put in AT for correctness. (I’m not a cataloger by training.)
  • She is then going through Voyager and checking that the headings conform to AT.
  • I’m using AT as THE authority file.  As I’m cataloging more photos or adding collections, I check the AT headings.  If a heading isn’t there, I add one.
  • I’m keeping track of my additions to send to Pauline, so she can check for correctness.  I’m hoping this way new things won’t slip through the cracks, as she moves alphabetically down the list.

I hope I’m not making both Pauline’s and my life too complicated. It just seems there are so many possibilities for forms of all those faculty and alum names that without an authority file we might loose someone.

I’ve gotten so I like to spend my Friday mornings seeing if I can find books in our special collections that might be particularly valuable.

Today I came upon “An Introduction to the Knowledge of Rare and Valuable Editions of the Greek and Latin Classics” by Thomas Frognall Dibdin.  1804 in our Special Closed Collection.  If it was only the 1st edition instead of the 2nd, it would be valuable on it’s own.

Into our Voyager catalog I went.  I set the limits to “special collections” and pub. date less than 1804, then started doing keyword searches on titles or authors from this book.  Since I don’t know Greek and Latin I was working somewhat blind.  I did find a 1552 Caesar and a 1607 Boethius that are potentially of value.

I think this book is going to keep me busy for a few more Friday mornings. 🙂

I just noticed that someone has been looking at my previous post on this, so here is an update.

The webpage was redesigned and the Meebo widget was moved from the middle left to the lower right.  I haven’t had a Meebo question since. Coincidence?


April 8, 2009

I thought you would like to know that William Pitt Durfee, Hobart Dean, Acting President and Math Professor (1884-1929) is cited in the OED.  He was the first to use the word “twelfthic” in 1882.  He used it in an article of the American Journal of Mathematics.

Twelfthic: A quantic of the twelfth degree.

I’ve been looking at our shelves of donated books to determine if any are worthy of adding to our rare book collection.  I found one I just can’t resist.

Tuke, Damiel Hack M.D, Insanity in ancient and modern life, with chapters on its prevention. London: Macmillan, 1878.

Of course I went directly to the chapters on prevention.

  • Importance of cheerfulness, sufficient mental rest, etc.
  • Importance of diet [moderation of diet  and temperance is recommended.

There you have it. Go forth and be sane!

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