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Musings of a librarian, former archivist, musician, bibliophile, and tech-obsessed.

Entries in Exhibits (3)


The Busy Season Gets Busier

This was my last day of work before the Christmas Holiday break (I can say Christmas because I work at CUA). Originally, I thought that I might get to relax while in Florida visiting my boyfriend's family. Well, last week, I spent over an hour on the phone with a member of the ARSC website team, and finally got my version of Dreamweaver syncing with the site, so now, I'll be coding over Christmas. I also plan to work on the SAA Recorded Sound Roundtable site, or at least finish our long resource list, and maybe add some context or annotations. The goal: get enough done over the one-and-a-half week break that I can come back to work and focus on work, not worrying about coding that has to be done once I get home.

Projects for 2011 include:

  • Two mixed media exhibits installed at the beginning and end of January, and a third in March,
  • School of Music metadata and digitization,
  • Photo finding aids,
  • Digitization Practices Committee work,
  • Adopt a Film project for deteriorating films,
  • Learning Omeka, and maybe start to implement it on an existing digital collection,
  • Chairing a MARAC session in early May,
  • Getting to ARSC in mid-May,
  • Providing assistance to other archivists trying to start audio programs.

I think that will be enough for now...


From 43 AD to 2010 Technology

Sometimes I feel like I have ADD all day working on the variety of projects I have to complete. Right now, I'm helping with an exhibit, and working at Catholic University, there are saints involved. I spent the morning researching saints while assisting a researcher with photo requests from the early 1900s to the 1970s for a book. The afternoon was spent writing the text for some of the saints, catching up on reading academic technology blogs and library technology articles to see what I can apply to my work in the archives to make life a little easier (links will be in a following blog!), sending an email to the members of the Recorded Sound Roundtable website committee, and compiling some of resources into a Google Doc so we have a place to work and brainstorm. From 43 AD to 2010 technology, I had an interesting day!


Exhibit Magic

Often when working in an academic archives, you are asked to create exhibits for various events, or to reflect a certain "feeling." Since I was trained as an archivist and not a museum professional, before my job at CUA, I had no prior training in exhibits and yet I have had to create or help to create at least one each semester since starting (my first was three months into the job).

While there are specialists on the museum objects within the archives, we have no exhibit team like other larger archives. The people who work on exhibits is determined by who has the most expertise, who had the idea (if selected by the archives), and who has the most available time in their schedule.

I chose to help with the exhibit announced this week because I had a few helpful ideas and the topic initially seemed daunting--too much work for one person alone. However, in two days, the ideas and themes came together, the objects were pulled, and today, were planned. We basically have three weeks to create this exhibit before Christmas break and will install it immediately after. I think it's quite do-able!