Tonight was my final Introduction to Archives class. Looking back over the semester, the readings really influenced me that I am much more comfortable in the standardization rich world of libraries. As well, libraries seem to adapt to change and adopt technology and organization much swifter than archives do.
My poster was not that amazing since I did not wish to spend $40 on printing something out again, my printer only posses a black ink cartridge, and frankly, I was not too inspired by my topic of automation. Originally, I had wanted to do a study on archival management software, but when I discovered that two of the heavy weights (Archon and Archivists’ Toolkit) are merging, that wiped out much of my arguments. The paper would have ended with “but…the differences are going to be merged into one system…” I went with automation so I could keep some of my resources I had gathered for the software paper.
The near-disaster of the night was right before I was to leave, my super long-haired cat hopped on the table. I quickly realized she had had an accident and required an immediate bath. Twenty minutes later, she was clean again and class was starting and it would be half an hour before I would walk into the room. This strung out my nerves so I was a bit stand-offish until I gathered my wits about me. Fortunately, my teacher did not yell at me for being so late. As for the mischievous cat, she was all purrs when I returned home!
I believe this paper has taken me about 24 hours to write with all the researcher included. I can’t believe it’s only fourteen pages in length! When I went back to edit it, I ended up adding two extra pages thanks to elaborating on what I had meant by including a quotation. The next thing is to create a poster using foam board and present that on Tuesday!
The Northwest Digital Archives is not only a very user-friendly archives with loads of search options, but is also beautiful. I was constrained with only writing two pages that had to pack in all kinds of information about the website, so I was not able to fit in an overly critical assessment.
The only thing I could think of while reading the text in preparation for writing this paper was about Wikileaks, so I’m heavily influenced here.
Tonight’s class was enjoyable because I got to fawn over the beauty of clean and pretty code.
I can tell how old something is by the mention of the Netscape browser. I only vaguely remember seeing it back in 1999 while watching a classmate use a teacher’s computer.
We actually did some group activities today! I was pleased.
I did not strictly adhere myself to the assignment but I think I went more in-depth by pointing out that the systems are really not contrary to each other.
Have I mentioned that I’m really glad we’re moving into talking about more “hands-on” stuff in our notes and class discussions?
We discussed arrangement a bit as well as the plan for the upcoming projects. I’m glad that I can more of less use the same personal collection for my archives project as my digital libraries project. Go, me!
I’m beginning to think that I don’t even remember how to properly write a compare and contrast paper.