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

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Association for Recorded Sound Collections Website

One of the reasons I haven't been doing many updates on this site is that my website development time has been spent on the ARSC website. The new conference page is up, with additional pages coming soon. I've also been working on building a lot of the new awards pages and committee pages. ARSC is moving more towards a people-focused site and organization, and our website will soon be reflecting the shift!


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.


Around the Corner... SAA 2010!

I'm prepping for SAA 2010, putting the finishing touches on my poster presentation and the Lone Arrangers Roundtable presentation, and taking a final look at all the sessions in my preliminary program, permanently marking all the sessions I'll be attending. I'm also cleaning my apartment and getting it ready for a friend who's staying with me for the conference. This is my last major event of the summer, a summer that's flown by too fast and has had me traveling in five states.

After this week I'll be back to a normal schedule at work, and have more time to work on this site, the ARSC site, and other various things... It's time to start planning my next big project!