June 15, 2018 – “Even Shorter”

Hello, everyone.

Apologies for the late entry, previous plans demanded my attention. Regardless, this entry may shorter as Fridays have become my “short day” but today was even shorter by those standards. Plus, the current phase of processing the George L. Stuart Collection seems reminiscent to a previous phase but with more organized control. Both factors were in tandem in the construction of today’s events. But these vague descriptions do not serve this report any justice, so the time has come to give a more details.

A strange turn of events occurred even before I set foot into the library. Apparently, the library’s fire alarms were sounding off and all the staff were outside. I could see a campus police car was in front of the entrance and higher officials were having a conversation near it. All of us were told that we could not approach a certain boundary toward the library. Eventually, forty-five minutes passed before the signal was given that it was safe to enter the library.

With everyone allowed back into the building, I was eager to find out if Kae had indeed finished reorganizing the spreadsheet to the George L. Stuart Collection. My hopes were happily rewarded as she had finished this task the day before after I left. With everything categorized under new series names and in alphabetical order, I turned to Mr. Ogreten to ask what should be done next.

Mr. Ogreten said to try to make the collection more concise before moving on to the next step. This meant to merge what files could be merged. Fortunately, Kae arrived around this period and the next two hours involved fetching boxes from their shelves. As file after file was merged, the efforts made by the both us were considerable as a sizeable portion of the Senate file series were made concise. But, eventually, Kae needed to take a break and my time in the office grew short.

Before I left, Kae said she would go through the spreadsheet and try to couple which files potentially could be merged. So, the physical merging would have to place on Monday. After placing the boxes back on their shelves, I bid everyone a great weekend and left for the day. Likewise, please enjoy the weekend and stay safe. Bye!

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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