April 23, 2019 – “Saying ‘Farewell,’ Saying ‘Hello'”

Hello, everyone!

Another semester comes to an end. Some students graduate in a few days, some continue their academic journey (hopefully, none need to walk away from it). Of course, this includes my colleagues as well. As a last congratulatory gesture, the archive staff held a pizza party in the library staff lounge. Of course, this happened in the middle of the regularly scheduled work day.

After plugging in the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I continued observing more video files. For the last two days, I relied on the notes provided in the records either from the repair or notes taken during Home Movie Day at the University of Central Florida. These notes proved invaluable for my work as they fill in necessary details about the footage I view. Unfortunately, they also proved not as thorough as I wished.

In the course of the day, I watched two files that contained footage not mentioned at all in the notes. In one files, footage of a wedding suddenly appeared and I glanced for anything relating to it, only to find nothing. So, I merely jotted down what the footage depicted and hoped for the best. Later, I came across the same problem with footage of a bunch of children playing in a yard.

In this instance, the notes mentioned a birthday party and I wondered if the description meant the footage I watched. As I continued watching, footage of children sitting around a birthday cake appeared. I noted the clothing wore and wondered if the two scenes came from the same event at all. Such unclear distinctions frustrate me when they do appear, as they catch me off-guard.

Luckily, the traditional “End of the Semester Party” granted me a reprieve from such madness. Unlike past parties that took place in ’63 South (the University of Central Florida’s dining hall), the staff to hold our party in the library’s staff lounge. While an odd decision, I did not care too much as at least I got to eat. Sure enough, choices of pizza (chicken, cheese, or veggie), a vegetable platter, sliced apples, oatmeal cookies, and one of Mr. Benjamin’s homemade cakes comprised our meals. I enjoyed all of it, especially the birthday crumble cake.

Once we finished eating, we cleaned the lounge and stored left overs in the fridge. After returning to the office, we promptly resumed our respective work. I eventually ended my shift with footage of a family reunion from 1953. I saved my work, packed the hard drive, and placed all related materials where they belonged in the stacks. I bid farewell to the staff and left for the day.

In review, the staff enjoyed our traditional “End of the Semester Party” that served as a send off to some of my colleagues graduating in a few days. Tomorrow, I resume my progress with the Home Movie Collection. Until then, enjoy the rest of the day 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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