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Skillshare

I recently stumbled onto Skillshare, a website that offers a variety of MOOC’s. I’m always looking to learn new things and I saw a few classes that could be interesting. I haven’t tried any yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know what I thought.

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This is a video of highlights from the DAM 101 workshop I attended in October. I’m even seen in a few parts of the video.

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It’s been awhile…

It’s been awhile since I last posted here, there are a two reasons for that.  The good reason is that I started a new temp job in September, the not so good reason is that my mom spent most of the summer in the hospital. She’s feeling and doing much better now, thank goodness.

So what else have I been up to in during this time career development wise. I attended the DAM 101 Workshop at Createasphere in New York.  I’ve also just finished up my first Coursera class, Introduction to Metadata and I’ve been keeping up with the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasure’s Today webinar series.  I’m going to craft some entries on the above topics and post them today to help make up for my absence.

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Tech Crunch on old programs and Mod Librarian’s Metadata anyday series

I really liked how this Tech Crunch article talks about people are still using programs that were discontinued years ago. The post brings up a good point what apps/technology will we be able to use 10 years from now.  How safe and long-lasting is the cloud?

I loved this article from Mod Librarian. It has a great explanation of the phrase “Garbage in, Garbage out”.  The links provided were also pretty good.  I like her Metadata anyday series.

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Article and webinar on metadata and taxonomy.

This article on metadata and taxonomy are pretty good and well wrote a quick read.

I like how it offers the link to Leala Abbott’s article on controlled vocabulary.  To top it off they used a cat picture to illustrate taxonomy you can’t go wrong.

Also PicturePark hosted a webinar “Metadata Myths and Madness!” by John Horodysk

Although the sound quality goes in and out a bit the content is very good it’s worth a watch if you a hour to kill.  Check it out on youtube here.

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Certified Archivist and Grant job for the MTA Bridges and Tunnel

I am now a Certified Archivist. This past April, I finished up the hours I needed to complete my year of qualifying experience . I’m really excited to have reached this goal; I’ve worked long and hard for this. It took me almost three years to get these hours, most of which were from volunteer work. I have to thank the Westchester Archives and Records Center and the MTA Bridges and Tunnel Archives for giving me the opportunities I needed to earn this achievement.

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That reminds me: I mentioned in a previous post that I had found a job. I was employed for three months by the MTA Bridges and Tunnels archives thanks to a grant funded by the New York State Archives. The grant was for processing and creating a Excel inventory of the Verranzano-Narrows Bridge construction photo collection. There were over 5,000 photographs in the collection. I worked with a team on this project: originally with one other woman and later another woman was hired for the last few weeks. Collectively, we were able to process the project ahead of schedule. However, due to supplies being on back-order, some sleeving of the photographs remains to be done once the grant ended. But we were able to work on several other small projects and inventories at the Archives that needed to be completed. I was able to inventory part of the audio-video collection including their nitrate films, which I found very exciting. I also handled Robert Moses’ date-books for 1939 and 1964–both years of the World’s Fairs.  It was a great experience and I got to work with some wonderful people.

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Content and Context

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving this past Thursday. I read this article earlier this weekend thought I would post it.

I’m interested in learning more about MerlinOne. I think there is going to be a great need for this type of program as online posting of video increases. Tags and keywords can only describe so much when cataloging videos.

I believe that this takeaway is very potent and true to the information/archival/library profession:

“Content may be king but Context will be emperor.”

 

You can digitize a document or image and put it online; but without the metadata that accompanies that image, users can’t know anything about it. Even if it’s the most interesting image in your archive. However, metadata is only half the battle. If you only have one digitized image or document and can’t tie it into a larger collection, your online exhibition is incomplete.

 

Context can help shape a digitization project; it can keep it from getting overwhelming. As much as we would love to digitize the whole archives, realistic constraints of time, money, and person-hours make it impossible. Context can help you focus down to a particular collection at a time. It can also help when you need to apply for grants or local support.

 

Context is vital for librarians. If a patron is interested in a topic (like, Mayan culture for example), why are you interested? Is it for their own general interest? Are they picking up the book for a child’s research paper? And if so, age and level of comprehension? What do they need in order to be able to write about this topic?

 

I like to think of it like a gallery in a fine arts museum, You go up to the wall and you see the painting.(Image) Then on the side there is a little plaque that tells you a little about the painting (ex. title, artist, date) (metadata). But gallery exhibits are usually centered around particular themes, artistic periods, or collection. Say a Da Vinci painting was placed next to a Van Gogh sketch. Why? You need context. Otherwise they might as well not be in the same room.

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