This is the weekly review of October 2 through October 6, 2017. The review will be done chronologically and will be certain to include the activities and tasks that occurred in that time period. In regards to any updates or announcements, Ask An Archivist Day was on Wednesday and it was a pleasure being quoted in the post about it (see Friday’s daily post for the link). It was a real morale boost and hopefully more opportunities will arise from it. But, that was ahead of the week’s work and so to scale it back, Monday will be examined first.
On Monday, the Mid-Term Evaluation Sheet was turned over to Ms. Rubin and replied that it would be completed the next day. This will be addressed in due time. Most of the problems from the previous week were accomplished in timely fashion: the DVDs, CDs, and the VHS cassettes were properly housed and the flat file for the posters was created. Granted the entire file and its contents still need time to be properly flat, so it was returned under the plexi glass from which it was being kept.
Other tasks included processing the newspapers in the collection (just placing them in three newly-labelled folders) and reading the new reading assignment: two humorous articles dealing with flaws of the archives seen in the Star Wars movie franchise, Sarah Jeong’s From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars (Spoilers) that was posted the Motherboard from Vice and How Not to Build a Digital Archive: Lessons from the Dark Side of the Force post on Preservica (links are provided on Monday’s post).
The final task of the day was informing Ms. Rubin of possible categories of the reorganized O’Shaughnessy Collection. She approved it and the finding aid example that is being used as a rubric was edited to adjust these changes. This ended Monday’s tasks.
On Tuesday, Ms. Rubin finished the Mid-Term Evaluation Form and was pleased with it. After it was scanned and uploaded to Webcourses, the hard copy would be turned in to Professor French’s office following 2:00 PM. Aside from that, the finding aid rubric continued to be edited and the hand-written data from the media sources was being recorded into it. Unfortunately, Ms. Rubin informed that the data being placed in the rubric would not be in the finding aid, but noted it was important to have it in a Word Document for the future. Also, Ms. Rubin had spoken to Chris Saclolo of putting his work on the United Daughters of the Confederacy medals as a priority to finish it before handing them over for the assignment after the O’Shaughnessy Collection. This was all of Tuesday’s events.
On Friday, the entries of the media sources were concluded, but after reviewing the 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl DVD that had been rediscovered in part of the collection still on the first floor. The DVD had a few blemishes at the one hour and twenty-one minute mark and twenty-two minute mark in regards to the top of the footage starting to blur. There was an audio skip as well. The most egregious error was not the DVD footage but the the editing done where an entire play was missing during the final two minutes of regulation! As for the game, it is a heart-breaker for Knights fans as it was the first bowl game that they had attended and they lost by one point in overtime because of a missed field goal kick. The final task of the day was downsizing the collection by one box as it had few items in it (granted it was the items donated in 2006, but this was eventually going to happen in the end).
This concludes the review of week seven. It was an eventful week, but next week seems to be when real changes will occur. This remains to be seen, though. Regardless, enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay safe!