Ever wonder what some of the staff here at Mudd spend their time working on? Our Technical Services department has been hard at work and here is a quick summary of what they have completed!
Maureen Callahan: Public Policy Papers Project Archivist
Maureen has been supervising the final inventory work for the Bill Bradley papers, working with Dan Linke on an exhibit about Woodrow Wilson and the 1912 election, and writing help text for the new finding aids site, which is now in beta testing, (along with her usual reference and accessioning work). She is also organizing a June 26 Delaware Valley Archivists’ Group meeting about copyright, copyfraud and rights & permissions policies in archives.
Lynn Durgin: Special Collections Assistant for Technical Services
Lynn worked with ProQuest, the Graduate School and OIT to implement a policy change on Publishing Options for Princeton University Dissertations, which now allows for dissertation embargoes in ProQuest and in Princeton’s DataSpace. She also completed processing of 13 University Archives accessions.
Adriane Hanson: Economic Papers Project Archivist
Adriane is wrapping up the 2-year grant project to process 2,500 linear feet of American Civil Liberties Union Records, which will be completed in June. This month, she finished the finding aid for the last series, so we now have the description of the entire collection online and researchers have started to come use it, and we physically put the boxes in order. She also started planning for the next phase of the Daily Princetonian digitization project, which will be for the years 2003-present and will repurpose PDFs saved by the Daily Princetonian staff where possible.
Christie Peterson: University Archives Project Archivist
Christie completed reconciling the results of last summer’s P collection (Princetoniana) shelf read with Voyager (our cataloging system). She continued to investigate tools and methods for accessioning and managing born-digital materials in the archives through a site visit with electronic records archivists at Yale University. She also integrated additions to 12 different collections, oversaw the processing of another collection by a Special Collections Assistant, and met with developers from OIT to plan and move forward on the creation of a new web interface for the redesigned photograph, AV and memorabilia databases.
The group also discussed readings selected by Lynn from Controlling the Past: Documenting Society and Institutions, Essays in Honor of Helen Willa Samuels. The selections (one by Richard Katz and Paul Gandel and one by Elizabeth Yakel) reflect on documentation strategy in the context of the digital age and social media.