Final Archives Class

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!