The past month has been a bit different for me. Instead of juggling multiple departments, I've settled down in just one: Data Services. I did finish out most of my project in Special Collections. The finding aid for the John Barnes Performing Arts Collection is public online but it's not listed on Virginia Heritage yet. I enjoyed working on it and it will be a factor in determining which department I choose later this summer.
So far, I'm still learning about what data services is doing. I'm mainly working on documenting workflows and updating the research solicitation form letter. It sounds boring because most people don't like working on workflows or form letters. I'll admit I don't really like documenting workflows and I'll be glad when that's done. I do enjoy working on form letters. The one I'm working on introduces our service to people who have expressed an interest. Included with it will be a one-page document describing the service. I'm currently working on creating that document. After that's done, I'll be working on creating our Intranet and Internet presences so that people can learn about us without our direct solicitation. When I have some stuff live and online, I'll share it here.
Data Services as a field is interesting. I'm working mostly with the data curation group that works on the data repository. We ingest data sets, convert them to archival formats as needed, and make sure they're accessible via our research data repository. I'm interested in the development and operation of the repository and with helping to ensure that the data deposited is usable. I'm less involved in work from other areas of Data Services such as helping to write data management plans.
I've been doing a lot of work on presentations and other projects.
As always, there's plenty more I could say but I have tons of other things to do. So, I'm going to say goodbye for this month. Check out the finding aid for the John Barnes Performing Arts Collection if you're at all interested. It was a lot of fun putting this together I'm proud of it. 😊
I'm the Community Collections Archivist, Community and Cultural Centers Librarian & Resident Librarian at Virginia Tech.