January 9, 2019 – “Stacks of Books and the Home Movie Collection”

Hello, everyone!

After a brief day off, my experience at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives continued as Mr. Ogreten and Mr. Benjamin assigned a new project for me. As a reminder, I compiled a list of items from three different collections to help Mr. Ogreten with an upcoming class. Mr. Ogreten placed the next phase on hold and a brief task was assigned to me before a much bigger project became my primary concern.

I entered the office today intending to use the Coral Mundy Collection metadata Kryslynn compiled into a Microsoft Excel worksheet to sort which items seemed appropriate for the class visitation later in the month. As such, the process became relative otherwise. Once I finished, I printed the list and handed it to Mr. Ogreten while discussing plans for the display. At this point, Mr. Ogreten decided to put the next steps on hiatus for the time being.  he spoke with Mr. Benjamin about the Home Movie Collection for my next big project. After gaining approval, he led me to where the collection is housed and briefly explained the nuances involved with it.

In the meantime, Mr. Ogreten led me to the stacks that housed the rare books in Special Collections. He explained he wanted me to make sure all the books were in proper order, the “on loan” cards were visible, and the bookmarks with the book numbers were correct. As I checked every shelf, there were some bookmarks in the wrong volume of a series books, “on loan” slips that hap to be pulled out enough for anyone to see, and I lined the books spine-to-spine and straight as possible. The time for my break came and before I left, Mr. Ogreten asked for assistance in retrieving some books from those shelves.

When I returned, I gathered the “On Loan” slips for the books in question and searched for them among the stacks. As I did so, Mr. Benjamin appeared and told me he would explain the state of the Home Movie Collection once I finished. Thankfully, I found all but one book and reported to Mr. Ogreten about it. After leaving the cart of books in Mr. Ogreten’s office, I went to Mr. Benjamin’s office. Despite some technical issues, he displayed the incomplete finding aid data and the progress made by those who worked on it in the past (including John Settle).

Similarities between the George L. Stuart, Jr. Collection and Home Movie Collection in regards to multiple people having worked on the collection did not escape my notice. Likewise, work on this collection could last the spring semester and I would create the finding aid. Unfortunately, I could not begin working on the collection as my shift came to a close. I cleaned my work area, placed the Home Movie Collection materials back in the stacks, and bid farewell to my colleagues as I walked out of the office.

In review, I finished compiling a list for Mr. Ogreten, sorted books, gathered books, and had been next project assigned: the Home Movie Collection. Tomorrow, I surely will continue the progress made by my predecessors and gather data for the finding aid. Until then, enjoy 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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