August 20, 2018 – “First Day of the 2018 Fall Semester”

Hello, everyone!

As the beginning of a new semester is set, the work in the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives never ceases. Before regaling the day’s events, a disclaimer should be made. Due to the chaotic nature of this particular semester, the blog might only be weekly reviews (best case scenario) or could be temporarily put on hiatus (worst case scenario).

My grades are important and if this blog (which I am continuing out of my own volition) interferes with my studies, then the latter option will be considered. I would rather not resort to such possibilities, but if I have no then I will make a post regarding the situation. Until then, the blog will resume normal procedures. With the disclaimer handled, the next order of business is the report of today’s events.

Even before I entered the building, I met Courtney walking into the library. Apparently, her schedule today was working from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM and Courtney continued to work on her scrapbook side project. Meanwhile, my cleaning responsibilities assumed top priority. After gathering the appropriate supplies, I patrolled the fifth floor silent study hall and examined the desks.

In a shocking break of pattern, the beginning of the new semester horrifically produced graphite-scribbled desk counters that was disturbing to encounter. How could one weekend (during the “summer break,” in fact) produce such a mess? Similar questions came to mind as the room was scoured for more disasters. Fortunately, no other desks had the same degree of markings and the task was finished by 8:20 AM.

After returning the cleaning supplies, my attention returned to the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection. I retrieved Box 64 and resumed the relabeling process. In the middle of the process, Courtney asked about the progress I was making. I told her that I should be finished with Correspondence Series by Thursday. While relabeling folders in Box 64, a preview of the next series was discovered.

Two folders contained an audio cassette each that contained two different recordings of students praising the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program. As such, they were removed from their respective folders and copies were made of their accompanying documents. Since the Multimedia Series has not yet been sorted, I had little options available than to place a newly-created folder on a cart for the time being until the Multimedia Series is sorted.

With the momentary distraction taken care of, relabeling resumed for Box 64 and was eventually completed. Box 64 was shelved and Box 65 was retrieved. While relabeling folders in Box 65, Mr. Ogreten presented the idea of Courtney starting the finding aid. I had conflicting opinions on the matter: I was relieved over the idea of having such a responsibility taken off my hands. But at the same I felt that, since I had been working on the collection with Kaye, I should be the one to finish it. Regardless of who will be editing the finding aid, the collection still needs to be reorganized (and relabeled) beforehand.

At the end of my shift, Box 65 had four folders left to relabel (I momentarily was forced to renumber a set of folders after miscalculating how many were in the set). No doubt, Box 65 will be completed tomorrow along with Box 66. Whether Box 67 will have significant progress be made remains to be seen, but Box 68 will be reserved for Wednesday.

In review, the fifth floor silent study hall was cleaned, two cassettes were extracted from the Correspondence Series and placed in a folder to be placed in the Multimedia Series, and Box 65 was completed. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the first post of this blog, but do not expect any cake. But, expect a few words to commemorate the occasion along with report of the day’s events. Until then, enjoy the rest of the afternoon 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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