Rare book cataloging activities are somewhat limited during shelter-in-place, since without the books in hand, we cannot create complete and accurate catalog records for them. So, we have been focusing our efforts on editing existing metadata for rare books. In my previous post, I described a project that has been completed; in this post, I'll describe a large, on-going metadata cleanup project.
Kim Kay, Administrative Associate for Technical & Access Services
Where are you sheltering, and how are you?
I am sheltering in my apartment in Campbell. I was part of the first group to work from home, but I only worked one day from home that first week because I was moving apartments. Everything got moved by the Sunday before SIP. Phew!
Rare book cataloging activities are somewhat limited during shelter-in-place, since without the books in hand, we cannot create complete and accurate catalog records for them. We may do some preliminary cataloging of some new acquisitions based on dealer descriptions and other information, but for the time being, we have been focusing our efforts on editing existing metadata for rare books. In this post, I'll describe a project that has been completed; in part 2, I'll describe a large, on-going metadata cleanup project.
Are you curious about ArcLight and how it can integrate with ArchivesSpace and other systems? Learn more from the video below! Mark Matienzo and Gregory Wiedeman (University at Albany) present on ArcLight and ArchivesSpace as part of the Integrations with ArchivesSpace webinar series on May 12, 2020. Mark's presentation provides background on ArcLight, its community-oriented development, its features, and the importance of integrations, and Greg's presentation focuses on how University at Albany integrated ArcLight with ArchivesSpace, Hyrax, and Quicksearch to build University at Albany's archives discovery system.
Last week 38 people from units across Stanford Libraries completed the six-week Elements of AI course. Of those who responded to the course survey, all said they would recommend it to colleagues. They also unanimously agreed that meeting weekly in groups to discuss each chapter was the most rewarding part of taking the course.
Patrons used to stop to browse the new book shelf in Cubberley Library. Since that is no longer possible thanks to COVID-19, we've created a virtual new book shelf. If there is a book you'd like to see us get in e-format, please let us know.
Prior to the institution of shelter-in-place, I had been working on processing the records for the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, a national organization founded in 1895 in California to promote Chinese American rights and community. Physical work has been put on hold during this time.
As the new PBS documentary series the Asian Americans debuts this week, The Department of Special Collections is pleased to make available recently digitized issues of Current Life, a literary and public affairs magazine created in 1940 by Nisei journalist James "Jimmie" Matsumoto Omura (1912–1994), whose papers are held in the Department of Special Co