Musings of a librarian, former archivist, musician, bibliophile, and tech-obsessed.
Entries in Photographs (11)
After a few discussions with archivists, the audio guidelines are complete at the Archives level. Next step-setting up meetings with the people in the library who will support the development of technology needed for this project.
The Archives just bought a new digital camera to take photos of exhibits, presentations, etc., so I spent some time with Library IT (computers are admin only privileges) who tried to get the software loaded on the virtual PC (it was PC-only) on my Mac to try and make things easier for my co-workers who aren't used to Macs.
After trying to get the virtual PC to recognize the camera, trying to get it the software to recognize the camera as an import location, trying to load the photos correctly (and many times of turning the camera on and off), he got it to work. We decided that the process will be much too confusing for anyone to easily learn (if I'm not around to load the photos), and decided iPhoto is a much better option. You plug in the camera, turn it on, iPhoto loads automatically, imports the photos where you want, and then you do whatever you want with them. Maybe these problems are Parallels-related, but if I've learned anything from working with Macs and PCs, it's that Macs do it better, and with fewer headaches!
I'm teaching the staff how to use iPhoto at next week's staff meeting.
I started my second practicum student today, who was really excited about the photo collection (which made me super excited). I had her reading background information on Fred J. Maroon, and had her look over his 1990 CUA photo book, as well as browse the collection to visualize series. We discussed this afterwards, and unlike I and the rest of the staff thought, most of the vintage CUA prints are not from his time as a student, but apparently he did for-hire work for the Hartke Players on tour in the 1950s and 1960s, including some of their USO tours! I also covered photographic material handling. I'm going to start her on preventative preservation next Friday, and EAD the following week. She was really enjoying the gorgeous prints!
I guess all the excitement and positive vibes today shocked my brain into action because I was actually able to make sense of my technical information today, and wrote two sections of the Archives Procedural Manual for Audio Preservation today! I also took notes to include in the following three sections. I'm so glad I was able to make progress this week because I hit a wall last week. After I write this procedure, I need to present it to the supervisors, to see of the technical recommendations for the storage are achievable by CUA, and for their approval for implementation. I'm definitely pushing the barrier for the Archives.
(And to think, on Wednesday I was just happy that I was able to get the rogue reels transferred to the Archives...)
Over the summer and during the beginning of last semester, I helped CUA Alum and author, with a book on the photographic history of CUA (I did a lot of scanning and metadata, and a little digging in unprocessed collections). Today, I received flowers and a thank you note, saying the book is going to be published May 17! Look for it from Arcadia books!
I spent a large portion of the day transferring digital photos on 58 DVDs (full DVDs) (the Publications office saved their photos to DVDs each month) to my computer (500GB Mac) and to the Archives server. The reason I had to do this was that the between yesterday's accession and today's accession, I have used up about 500GB of space, and the Archives server needs additional memory, as does our backup server in the library. My computer is backed up on a different backup server, fortunately.
I just can't believe that five years of professionally taken digital photographs is about 500GB, and that I've transferred that much in two days...