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Publication Records… May 4, 2011

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More publication records today. Finished about four of them. I ran into a few problems. One set already had a publication record, which I chose to edit because the images were already connected to it. Another, the images aren’t searchable in a way that easily identifies them for the set in question. I’m not sure what we’re going to do about that yet. I may just need to not attach the images, or search for the images in a different way, potentially one by one.

Starting internship 1 May 3, 2011

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Wow, blog! Long time no see…I’m really not so good on keeping on the writing. In any case, here’s hoping that without so many school responsibilities I can be a more attentive blogkeeper. So, what’s keeping me busy this summer? Well, I’m doing two internships. To get credit for these internships, I have to record my bi-weekly activities in a portfolio/blog. Consequently, I’m hoping that by writing things down on this blog more frequently I’ll be able to keep up with the required writing/prompts.

Today I was at Internship #1, which is in an image collection. We’ve just started a digitization project with some 35 mm slides from a former slide distribution project. The slides have been kept in boxes (not archival per se, but they don’t seem to be too bad) in cabinets in a hallway. So while not ideal conditions, they’ve been fairly protected. I’m not doing the digitization portion, but I am helping with the record-keeping and management for the project. Today, I was making set level records in our database, which are referred to as “publication records” in our particular system. I drew information for the publication records from old inventories and catalogs from the distribution project. After writing a publication record, I searched for the records for the individual slides, and attached them to the publication record. In this way, the database maintains consistency from image to image and we don’t expend a lot of energy doing duplicate record-keeping.

Archives and Collaboration February 3, 2011

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I find that in my archives classes, we talk a lot about the need for collaboration between archival institutions. The example, of course, is the many library networks and alliances out there. Archives are a little different. They’ve grown up in a much more independent environment and often compete for collections. In my class on appraisal, we’ve been discussing how collection policies can help to encourage collaboration by showing others how they can help by directing collections to your institution and by discouraging them from trying to collect the same materials. But, I feel like the archival profession can do more. Can’t we talk to each other? We all have the same (or similar) goals. Am I just not seeing where the collaboration is at?

Revision February 3, 2011

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So, obviously I haven’t been writing on here. I’m going to try a different tact – I’m going to use this blog in order to publish some of the academic works I’ve done in the past, summarize what I’m learning at school, link to nifty things, and still talk about life some time.

I’m also hoping to start a vlog soon!

Blight & Bright October 6, 2010

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Steve and I have been sick for the past few days. Since Sunday, really. And boy, am I tired of it! Our symptoms include:

  • sinus drainage
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • chest congestion
  • tiredness

Yes. So much tiredness, it deserves two lines. I went to sleep early last night and woke up late this morning – nearly missed my bus – and I still feel tired! I feel bad because I didn’t get to finish any of the readings for my favorite class, and I only got half of the readings done for one of the others. Plus, I turned in a pretty crappy paper.

On the bright side, we got to go on a tour of the university archives this week! It was so fantastic – I loved every minute of it! I’m hoping I’ll be able to work there in the not so distant future. So here’s hoping…

Hi! October 3, 2010

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And welcome to my blog! This is a new venture, which I hope will be relatively entertaining and informational too. I am Anne, your host for this adventure. Currently, I live in Ann Arbor while I go to grad school at the University of Michigan and I am newly married to my wonderful husband, Steve. Stay tuned for more about me and life in A2!

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