About the new library webpage.

September 15, 2009

There was a committee, which I was not on, to design a new library homepage, and Brian (electronic services librarian extraordinare) made it work.

The piece that I am most excited about is the Find tab.  It is mean for a quick search, when you know what you are looking for.  There is a drop menu that lets you limit to Archives.  When you do a search here it

  • Searches the Voyager catalog for anything in archives
  • Searches ALL of the Archives web pages
  • Searches Special Collections.

Directing people to a finding aid or a list was always complicated.  Finding aids and lists were on separate pages, because one page would be too big.

BTW, the lists are lists of presidents, deans, chaplains, honorary degree recipients, etc. The previous archivist had all of these in a notebook that she title “Book of Lists” so I kept the title.

Now it is wonderful to search by a name and have results whether in a finding aid, list, or cataloged item.  How I love technology!

I’m still here.

September 11, 2009

I haven’t written anything since my job changed to a 10-month contract.  I’ve been busy getting back into the swing.  I had a comment this morning so I thought I should get started again.

Here are some quick thoughts:

  • I now have a camera stand we can use to capture images from books and oversized objects.  You may hear more as I learn to use it.  White balance seems to be the problem of the moment.
  • I have another great group of student workers!
  • I did a talk about special collections at a faculty luncheon last spring and I’m getting more classes doing research here.
  • While working with one class on 19th century women authors I found that 2 vol. our copy of “History of Woman Suffrage ” have book plates stating they were a gift of Susan B. Anthony.
  • Library has a cool new webpage. (more later)
  • I was thinking of retiring Spike (Vampire) as security guard, but his name still gets me the most hits on this blog.  Till that changes, he will be on duty.
  • RSS Disturb the universe?

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