Week Nine Review: October 16 – October 20, 2017

This the weekly review of October 16 – 20, 2017. The main task at hand was learning to code in the programming language XHTML, which is a more advanced version of HTML, into NotePad Pro. This was where the code for the new finding aid was being created for the O’Shaughnessy Collection. There was also an usual amount of articles for reading assignments for this as well, but it was not a hassle. That was the overarching synopsis of the week, but it would be best to be chronologically in-depth of the weeks events.

On Monday, there were two reading assignments to read: an article by Ayda Pourasad and Julie Rogers titled “How NPR’s Research, Archives & Data Strategy team is saving sounds of the past for the future” that reviews history of the department from its origins as the NPR Library to its growth and the development of the Artemis digital audio archive. The other article was from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting titled “AAPB Launches Crowdsourcing Game” that announced the launch of FIX IT, a game that encourages players to read and listen to correct the mistakes to rank up their score all the while teaching the player about how to transcript audio (links to articles are on Monday’s daily post). After reading the articles, it was time to get to work.

Ms. Rubin’s teaching of what coding tag did what proved helpful and after some trial and error with the pesky ampersand tag (“&”), it came naturally. All of the Media section were coded in, but the Photographs section needed some extra attention as it needed to be resorted, the folders needed to be relabeled, and they needed to be coded in to finding aid. Unfortunately, this was not done until the next day.

On Tuesday, the task of coding in the Photograph section was finally completed and the next section to be added was the Documents sections. Unfortunately, just like the Photograph section, all the folders needed to be relabeled and, on top of that, more materials were added to the Documents section at the same time. Needless to say this took time and eventually a new box had to retrieved as the contents of the section became too large for the box that had been holding them. Alas, due to this need of a new home for the Documents section, time had run out.

On Friday, it was a bit unusual to see two more reading assignments this week. One article was “Delhi’s past preserved, byte by byte” by Manimugdha S. Sharma on from Times of India that told of how Delhi’s artifacts such as old property papers are being preserved digitally and the constant struggles the Delhi Archives faces with having the proper equipment to do the jobs necessary for preservation. The second reading was “Government accused of hoarding Canadian history in ‘secret’ archives” by Dave Seglins and Jeremy McDonald by the CBC which states the problem of the Canadian government not having a sunset on the release of Cold War Era documents to archives and are being accused of withholding said documents (links to both articles are in Friday’s daily post). After reading both articles, it was time to resume the task at hand.

All seemed well as the newspaper folders were being relabeled until Ms. Rubin took a look at the folders and did not like the heading of “Documents and Written Publications.” After taking her advise, the process of relabeling all of the folders in the Documents section began anew. After making sure the labels were correct, the relabeling continued into the Ephemera box and the task was completed shortly after. All that was left was to label the folders in the poster flat file. After wrangling the flat file from the archives, the folders were labelled just in time for a birthday celebration for Renata, who usually sits at the main computer in the office area. After that nice break and everything was cleaned up, the computer that had been used this week to code the finding aid was free to use. The good news is that the Documents section was finally coded in and the Ephemera, Memorabilia, and Posters section was created in the finding aid before it was time to leave.

This concludes the review of Week Nine. A new program language was learned and the collection was organized better. It also appears that next week will be the week that the finding aid will be finished, but the abstracts will need to be coded next. But, that is next week. Until then, enjoy the weekend and keep safe!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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