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

Entries in Web Committee (6)


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!


Roundtable Website

I'm heading up the initiative to heavily revise the Recorded Sound Roundtable website. We have quite a few interested and talented people on our web team, and I'm hoping to start developing content soon. Ideas so far include:

  • Expanding to all audiovisual formats, because they have the same basic preservation concerns in the digital world
  • List of print and electronic resources
  • List of vendors by region for those who are not able to provide preservation in-house, similar to those listed by AMIA and ARSC
  • Links to practical standards and procedures in use in archives, not just re-housing but digitization, equipment, hardware, and software
  • Links to interesting projects, preservation projects, or well-presented and easily navigable projects.

The goal is to have our roundtable site supply archivists who are less familiar with a/v, with resources and guidance for their collections.


Analytics Issues

I am a huge fan of website analytics software. I run Google Analytics on this site in addition to the analytics that is embedded in Squarespace. I am also experimenting with Piwik, which claims to be an opensource alternative to Google Analytics.

I recently advocated analytics on the ARSC website committee to track what pages are being used, how long, and how frequently.

I recently ran into some glitches in Google Analytics that aren't being addressed by Google. When adding email addresses as users to view a website profile, Google has quite a few quarks. An error appeared when I tried to enter an email address exactly as given. From consulting help forums, if you cannot enter the email address in all lowercase, according to the help forums, all uppercase, or uppercase as used in proper names (e.g. RobinCPike) might work. Another issue is if the user originally had a hotmail account and switched over to Google, then the hotmail account is the one entered. This issue appeared at least two months ago and has not yet been addressed. Why slight variations in capitalizing make a difference when the original address did not contain them is a mystery, but until Google addresses them, it's something people need to be more aware of (so they aren't as frustrated as I was).


Dreaming of Dreamweaver

So, I am officially a member of the ARSC Web Committee, and have been given my to-do list. In order to do that, I had to break down and buy Dreamweaver (I got CS5). Nvu wasn't cutting it, or at least I wasn't able to log in to edit the site, remotely, with Nvu. I still love my opensource software.

Dreamweaver came in the mail today, and it's installing as I type. I can't wait to try a few things out tonight!