As mentioned previously, one of the longer projects that I was working on throughout the semester was creating an inventory of digital media objects in the Archives’ processed and unprocessed collections. This involved sorting through finding aids in the Archives’ servers to look for media in the collections as well as in the finding aids in their ArchivesSpace database. I was able to find a lot of items that had been listed as “miscellaneous” or some other type of object rather than as “digital media” or other media objects and added them to the inventory. I also became very familiar with the layout of the moveable stacks and had almost memorized the locations of some collections by the time I was done, which I thought would never happen since there are so many boxes stored there! Although the work could get a little rote at times, I often listened to podcasts while I worked and enjoyed being able to get up and move to go fetch more boxes every few minutes – all of the walking and cart-pushing certainly made my Fitbit happy!
One of my favorite collections to sort through was the Junior Achievement mss. – both the unprocessed and processed parts! The bags and kits that the activities/programs came in were so fun to unpack and were frequent sources of CD-ROMs. My least favorite items were any slightly-heavy boxes on the very top shelf of the shelving units – even with the tall step-stools, I still felt just a smidgen too short and always considered it a massive victory when I was able to get a heavy box from the top shelf with no audible “Oof!” uttered. Another cool collection of digital media that I stumbled on accidentally included probably hundreds of photo CDs and recordings of IUPUI sports and art events, as well as building projects. I was really impressed by the wide variety of materials that the Archives possessed and enjoyed getting to look through various collections as I compiled the inventory.