August 28, 2018 – “Antiquated Digital Technology”

Hello, everyone!

Apologies for the late entry, I had forgotten to to do this post before I would have been incapable of doing so. Nonetheless, the entry for today will still be recorded on this blog. Among the tasks that were on the agenda were labeling the audio cassettes in the Multimedia Files of the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection and learning what the policy was regarding antiquated technologies such as floppy disks. There were other happenstances during my shift, so the rest of the entry will elaborate on such details.

Before resuming  activities regarding the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection, a correction had to be made on my timesheet. I had mistaken the date for Labor Day this year to be September 6 when September 3 was the the correct date. As such, not only the timesheet needed to be edited to reflect the right date but the hours were delegated to the remaining work days (my shifts next week will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 2:30 PM to meet the fifteen hour requisite). After the appropriate edits were made, my focus returned to the audio cassettes.

Thanks to Courtney’s assistance from the other day, there were only two new labels that had to be created for the cassette cases. The only work required was to cut the labels out after printing them and making sure the could fit in the cases. Written down, the task seems simple to complete. In reality, the was more time consuming than needed. User error is maybe to blame for why a simple task absorbed so much time and effort.

After finishing the labels, I sought Mr. Ogreten’s advice regarding the audio reels in the collection as well as the floppy disks in the Digital Subseries. In both cases, Mr. Ogreten advised to leave them as is and note them in the spreadsheet. However, he also suggested using individual paper CD covers for the loose floppy disks (and label the covers). Fortunately, the date range of the floppy disks was in large from 1989 to 1990 and the simplicity of such allowed an easier organizational pattern to be formed.

While processing the floppy disks, Mr. Ogreten introduced me to the new interns for the Fall 2018 semester. While seeing new faces is always a wonderful moment, Mr. Ogreten’s attention was focused on the interns and made approaching him with harder than usual to answer questions. I managed to get a few questions answered, though.

In review, my timesheet was corrected, the audio cassettes were relabeled, and I learned what the Special Collections policy regarding floppy disks was. Nonetheless, the work left from today will be resumed tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening 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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