October 2007


First Snow of the Year, originally uploaded by librarykatja.

It snowed! And then melted. But it was really pretty while it lasted.

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As per usual, most of the good ideas that I write about in here are not my own, so I’m giving full credit to David Lee King and his “What did David do today?” post. I was especially intrigued by the idea because I’m a huge fan of microhistory, and I always like to read about what other archivists actually do…so here’s my very own little slice of archival life.

  • Refined and sent out for approval the text of an outreach handout that will be included in the “Athletic Hall of Fame” inductee packets. (“Athletic Hall of Fame” is a University of Denver Athletics and Recreation ceremony that’s held once a year to honor individuals and teams who have made important contributions to DU Athletics history)
  • Discussed the progress of the baseline DU Athletics and Recreation chronology with my research assistant.
  • Received the “ok” on the image header I created for the blog that will contain all project updates.
  • Attended a lunchtime presentation on the use of Second Life for distance education in the physics department.
  • Reviewed the draft of the record group structure that I developed based on DU directory information, Athletics and Recreation org charts, and my interviews with unit directors and other project personnel.
  • Drafted preliminary processing plan for the Athletics and Recreation records that are currently in the University Archives.
  • Did some test data entry to see if the record group structure and processing plan would hold up under systematic processing with our collections management software.
  • Went home and watched “Valley Girl” and “Harold and Maude.”

Okay, so the last one isn’t explicitly job-related, but taking mental breaks is key to maintaining workplace focus…and I view Friday night movie-watching as a very important mental break. 🙂

I know I’m usually a grammar stickler, but I can’t resist the lolcat grammar. Also, the grammatical unorderliness is a mirror of my mind at the moment; my new job is fantastic and challenging and I’m learning a lot, but the result of all that learning is that when I do actually get home, I’m effectively brain-dead.

So, hopefully that will change soon, and my brain will adjust, and I’ll start rhapsodizing (coherently) in detail about various aspects of my job.

Until then, well, here’s a lolcat. Enjoy.

I is workin. Wat u want?