This essay explores the curator’s role in crafting museum narratives across three broad levels: theory, tools, and specific applications. Continue reading
For this assignment, I processed a small archival collection at Syracuse University’s Special Collections Research Center. I also created an EAD Finding Aid for collection, which I encoded by hand in a text editor using an XML template and XSL/CSS stylesheets provided by Michele Combs.
Survey of posts relating to born-digital materials on the SAA Directors’ Off the Record blog.
A group presentation I gave on deaccessioning considerations in a museum setting; I was responsible for presenting on the first five slides.
- Independently researched the copyright status and fair use allowances for a collection of sound recordings on long playing vinyl records
- Digitized one hundred recordings using Audacity software and recorded technical and descriptive metadata
- Developed a detailed workflow and documentation for the project
For this assignment, I encoded an EAD finding aid for a hypothetical collection using a web template, which I cleaned up in Oxygen XML Editor.
An exploration of the impact of digital special collections, with recommendations for best practices in the following areas: selection of materials, content structure, partnerships, usage data, and the open source sharing of tools.
An analysis of the Internet Archive’s user experience, using the FRBR User Tasks as a framework.
Working with a partner, I performed a detailed bibliographic analysis of Syracuse University’s copy of Dictionarium Polygraphicum, outlining the history and structure of the monograph.
- Processed, rehoused, and cared for audio collection materials in a major repository of recorded sound that includes Edison cylinders, 78rpm records, and a number of other media formats
- Handled inventories for potential donations, making recommendations based on existing collections and Belfer acquisition goals
- Processed patron requests; entered descriptive and technical metadata related to the digital surrogate listening copies; photography of discs and cylinders
- Developed a best practices guide for photographing cylinders
- Performed basic cataloging and rehousing for items in the Morton J. Savada Collection, which includes over 200,000 items.
- Reevaluated and revised workflows and local best practices