September 8, 2019 – Return from Hiatus Update

Hello, everyone!

I apologize for the long hiatus. My life took some interesting turns since my last post, including a ten-day road trip through Texas. However, I am pleased to report that I am still employed at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collections and University Archives (as well as working on my thesis for my Master’s Degree in Public History). A lot of events happened in the span of approximately two months, so I am attempting to summarize from I remember within that time frame.

For my progress on the Home Movie Collection, I am currently writing descriptions and summarizing the various series within the collection, listed from donor to donor. The collection houses fifty-four different series of donated films. Altogether, the guide I have updated is approximately 340 pages in length. Currently, my summaries and descriptions have reached the midpoint of the collection and drastically reduced the page count.

Mr. Ogreten and I had a meeting with Mr. Benjamin about how I was organizing the metadata for the eventual finding aid. We also discussed an idea of making the larger guide a PDF and attaching it as a downloadable file from the said finding aid. Mr. Benjamin approved of my current progress and liked the PDF idea.

As for the office, I am no longer on cleaning duty on Fridays (I still need to do so on Mondays), Additionally, I am in charge of shelving duties on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as Mondays. Of course, with every new semester, old faces bid their farewells since they graduated in the summer and we have picked up new interns for the 2019 Fall Semester. Among those who departed was May Tang, whom my colleagues enjoyed her presence in the office.

We almost passed her last day in the office without giving her a proper send-off. Ms. Rubin quickly ordered some Domino’s pizzas for the occasion and we did manage to get a drink selection. When her shift ended, I shook her hand to thank her for her contributions and told her that I prayed for her future successes.

Of course, the final noteworthy event to mention is the recent preparation for Hurricane Dorian. As per protocol, the staff worked together to set up the emergency tarps to drape over the collection shelves in both the fifth floor and first-floor collection rooms. By the end of the day, we did all we could to prepare for Dorian’s arrival. From Labor Day through the Thursday of that week, the campus remained closed even when Dorian’s course shifted northward. When the campus opened on Friday, I assisted the staff in hauling the tarps to the team who were folding them before returning to my normal duties.

In review, I am making ample progress with the Home Movie Collection, bid farewell to another colleague they took the first step in the next chapter of their lives, and helped prepare the office for Hurricane Dorian (later helped in dismantling these preparations the following week). I again, I apologize for the sudden hiatus. Hopefully, I will post most more often. Until then, enjoy the rest of the week.

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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