This week was a great week. I got through all of the lessons and the fields that I must fill in to successfully catalog an item by the standards of the Black Film Center/Archives. I thought I was basically done during week 3 but I had one more step, segmenting the video. I really did not comprehend just how much thought and time goes into posting an item online and making sure that it is searchable and usable. This final step of segmenting the video really cemented that idea. I believe I also came away with the realization that during all of this you really have to put yourself in the shoes of somebody that might be searching for something. They should always be present in your mind when you are cataloging an item.
Later on in the week I got to choose more items to catalog. I can now have a go at cataloging a complete items before having it reviewed. I felt prepared to work in this new jungle, but it is nice to have someone who I could call for help if need be. I do not want to take the training wheels off just yet. I enjoy watching the competition videos so I thought it would be fun to continue to catalog those, and also thought it would be cool to complete something (if I am able to catalog all of the competition videos). I also choose some cassette tapes so that I could get more experience cataloging those. I have a lot questions for the archivist next week about those cassette tapes. I attempted to do one during my final hour in the archives, but I am not going to lie it was a great way to end the work day. It was fun to listen to the soundtrack while cataloging the item. “We are dream girls, we’ll make you happy.” Well this girl soon to be dreaming is signing off, until next week!
Questions of the Week: When should you reach out to someone that has an item in the collection, or should you ever?