Year in the Life: Emily Vigor, Pt. 5

Happy March, everyone! We’ve almost made it through winter, and here in California it
feels like spring is already in full bloom. This month has been busy with finalizing the
digital documents that will guide researchers in using the Kump collection, including
the finding aid, file list, MARC record, and project index. Our finding aids are hosted
on the Online Archive of California’s (OAC) website. As a contributor to the OAC, our
finding aids will also be indexed through OCLC’s ArchiveGrid. This resource was a new
discovery for me this month, and our archives have just signed up for this service. I’m
hopeful that it will be useful in connecting more researchers to our collections. I’d be
curious to hear your thoughts if anyone else has experience with this resource.

March has also brought along the start of processing the Warren Callister collection. Last
month we conducted a carton survey and created our processing plan. Though these are
only created for internal use, they’re incredibly helpful in guiding our processing priority
of materials, as well as how much we should be processing each day to ensure that the
collection is completed by our deadline. Since Callister’s collection contains nearly 800
rolled drawings, we did testing to see how many rolls we could get through in an hour to
estimate the time it will take to assess and rehouse them. While this is only an estimate,
it’s a helpful tool for gauging how we’re progressing as we process.

On a professional development note, I’ve started taking courses towards SAA’s Digital
Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate program. Last week, I went to Seattle to attend the
Digital Repositories course, taught by Jessica Branco Colati and Gregory C. Colati. This
was the first DAS course I had taken part in, and I found it to be a good starting point.
It’s obvious that digital repository programs will be unique to each institution depending
on their goals, but the Colati’s provided a strong framework and a wealth of resources to
help build a reliable and sustainable digital repository service. They also emphasized the
fact that we are not alone when building this type of service. I’d love to hear if anyone
else has taken a DAS course or has had to build a digital repository program for their

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About Lisa H

Lisa is the archivist/librarian at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College. She stumbled into archival work by way of the museum world and is always seeking ways to break down the silos of these professions. Lisa has worked in museums, libraries, and archives in Illinois, New York, and Alaska. While not at work, Lisa spends her free time biking, working on art projects, and putting her useless knowledge to good use on bar trivia teams. You can find her on Twitter @lisahuntsha.

One thought on “Year in the Life: Emily Vigor, Pt. 5

  1. Pingback: Year in the Life: Emily Vigor, Pt. 6 | SNAP roundtable

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