March 4, 2019 – “Side Jobs”

Hello, everyone!

With the beginning of this week, new possibilities appeared and interrupted the mundane routines I became accustomed to. In addition to my normal responsibilities, Mr. Ogreten and Mr. Benjamin asked for my assistance multiple times and one of them involved another collection. Certainly not what I expected when I entered the office today. As for the Home Move Collection, more footage from New Zealand and Texas revealed more details about this family’s life. All in all, today gave much to work with.

As usual, on Mondays, the duty of cleaning the fifth-floor study fell on my shoulders. Since doing this task, I noted two scenarios that usually wait for me as I start cleaning. First scenario: only a few desks need serious cleaning and the rest do not. In the second scenario, just about every desk needs a thorough cleaning, Thankfully, the second scenario did not occur and about fifteen desks required extra attention.

After returning the cleaning supplies, I quickly glanced at the shelving cart to see if any books required my attention. The cart remained empty at the moment, so I gathered the materials related to the Home Movie Collection and logged into the nearest computer. I looked over the notes and files to find descriptors about the footage I would soon be watching and found little information to help me.  Despite this, I did find some discrepancies along the way.

My predecessors noted that footage of a downtown area came from Austin, Texas. By looking over the files and watching the footage itself, I confirmed that the city described is actually Houston, Texas! Again, this makes sense as the family visited Galveston County Park and the park rests in the vicinity of Houston.

Other highlights include visiting the graves of family members, more footage of Wairakei Village in New Zealand, and some strange tinted footage of the family at a lake. Of course, the footage included a birthday party as well as children at a playground. My review suddenly got interrupted when Mr. Benjamin asked for my assistance.

I followed him to the exhibit hall, located before the entrance of the study hall. Using a measuring tape, we measured the length and width of the room. For what purpose, I do not know.

Mr. Ogreten also asked for my help. Apparently, the back of the stacks needs to be sorted and the carts near the art racks needed to be moved to get them out of the way. Before I did, I noticed the shelving cart contained some books that needed to be taken care of. I briefly paused my progress to handle my responsibility and then finished it.

Next, Mr. Ogreten assigned a small side job to me involving some audio cassettes. I created a Word Document for notes and started creating replacement labels for the cassettes. Unfortunately, my shift ended before I finished. After I packed everything away, I bid farewell to the staff.

In review, I completed my responsibilities, reviewed more footage from the Home Movie Collection, and helped my supervisors with various task around the office. Tomorrow, I intend to finish that small side job with the audio cassettes. 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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