December 10, 2018 – “‘Tis The Season”

Hello, everyone!

As the end of the year approaches, the main campus of the University of Central Florida is not as populous since last week.  The library is not excluded, either. Despite fewer students in the library, the staff continues their work as normal. This does not mean preparations for the winter break are not being considered.

Normally on Mondays, I would have started my shift by cleaning the fifth-floor study hall. Just as I prepared to do so, Mr. Benjamin stopped me and said I did not need to that due to the low number of students. I shrugged and prepared my timesheet instead. I learned Mr. Ogreten would not be in the office until later in the afternoon due to family matters. As a necessary precaution, I gave my timesheets to Mr. Benjamin to sign instead.

After submitting my timesheets, I resumed hunting for UCF or Theater Department related slides and pictures in the Michael Berman Collection. The Collection itself is in the deaccession process (meaning the archives will not hold it any longer) and my role is to salvage through it. I managed to begin sifting through the final box of binders until I encountered a slight problem. Whoever donated the collection stacked three to seven film strips into similar sleeves to archives use, thus I have to take them out to inspect each one.

This small hindrance caused the whole process to slow to a crawl. Sometimes I wish the original owner had thoroughly examined their slides before donating them. Some pictures, film strips, and slides certainly would have been excluded as a result. Nonetheless, I did manage to find an image of the library in one of the strips as well as a production of West Side Story in midst of the vast collection.

As I continued to sift through the remaining binders of images, Ms. Rubin assigned a special task for Courtney and me: help the library staff set up for the end of the party (eventually, almost the entire department became involved). Room 203 needed all of the high tables from the Cafe on the second-floor moved into it and move all of the furniture in the third-floor library lounge. After which, Mr. Ogreten and I helped the other library staff set up the tables that are going to be used for the party and decorate them. Apparently, the theme is calendar holidays and my responsibility was to decorate the Valentine’s Day table ( I made sure I did not waste any resources).

Once the lounge was transformed into a dining hall, we were dismissed to return to our offices. I continued to sift through the binder until 2:50 PM when I prepared for my departure. Once I secured the collection and reported to Mr. Ogreten, I bid farewell to everyone and left for the day.

In review, I reached the final box of the Michael Berman Collection and helped tranform two rooms for the end of the year party. Tomorrow, I hope to finish the binder I am working through as well as enjoy the party. Until then, enjoy 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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