Internship Journal #5

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June 27, 2014 This week has been pretty quiet; Jason is out of town and Ellen is busy working on the catalog database, which needs to be cleaned up before the item ingest into Omeka can happen. Once that is finished, there will be an excel spreadsheet for me to add tags to, but for the moment, I’ve been organizing my thoughts and the various project documents that I have. Large projects like this can be a little overwhelming, especially … Read More

Internship Journal #3

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June 17, 2014 It feels like such a long time since I have worked on this project. I learned a lot at DHSI (including some ideas I can connect to this project) but I’m also really glad to be back to my normal schedule. This week consisted mostly of more planning and preparation for building the Omeka site. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the platform, and that includes of a lot of research that is … Read More

Internship Journal #1

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May 27, 2014 While my main project during the course of my internship at the Mathers Museum will be to create a digital version of the 50th anniversary “Treasures of the Mathers Museum” exhibit using the Omeka platform, my first couple weeks will consist of reviewing another exhibit to prepare it for going live in June. This exhibit, called Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives focuses on a collection of objects collected by Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The Ostroms were … Read More

Thoughts on Management

It’s easy to learn how to be a good manager. There are laundry lists of ways to behave, attitudes to encourage, and habits to cultivate available in almost any piece of literature that deals with the subject. However, it seems to me as though implementing all of these strategies would be a little bit like juggling geese – difficult to maneuver and quickly overwhelming. But management, like everything else, is a learning process, and though taking this class has given … Read More

Digital Repositories and the Future of Librarianship – An Interview with Ball State’s John Straw

John Straw is the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I contacted him after stumbling onto Ball State’s Digital Media Repository; I was curious about how other institutions handle their digital media preservation, so I asked him to talk with me about what it’s like to manage a large-scale digital collection and what he sees for the future of librarianship. Straw has been in libraries and archives for more than 30 years. He began working … Read More

Tenure for Librarians

The question of tenure is a convoluted one, especially when applied to librarians. “Faculty status,” as it is referred to at some institutions, raises strong opinions in those who are both for an against it. In 1973, the Commission on Academic Tenure in Higher Education published a report on the subject, weighing the pros and cons of academic tenure; they reference a statement from the 1940s by the American Association of University Professors describing the necessity for faculty to have … Read More

Article Review: Leadership

I found these articles interesting, but I also find myself ambivalent about them. Maloney et. al’s article seemed to be very obvious, for lack of a better word; it addressed trends that many librarians already knew about even without an official study, but it was reassuring to me to see that the general atmospheric grumbling about libraries’ cultural inflexibility is represented by widespread data and not simply watercooler talk at one institution. Staninger’s article was also intriguing, though I agree … Read More

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