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Starting internship 1 May 3, 2011

Posted by Anne in Uncategorized.
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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.

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