Reclassifying DVDs, Part 1: Creating a System

Over the last few months, I have been working on reclassifying the “Popular Movie Collection” at the small academic library where I work. This is the first of two blog posts I am planning about the project, describing the process of deciding how to classify the movies. [Update: Part 2 can be found here.] The […]

Allen Ginsberg and the Power of Archives

I recently read this article about the Allen Ginsberg collection at Stanford, which I saw on Twitter, and was really struck by several things about it. The first was the description of how thinking about his personal collection inspired Ginsberg himself to become more interested in photography: Morgan, [Ginsberg’s personal archivist] who spent 20 years cataloging […]

Describing Queer Mathematicians

Just in time for Pride month, I spent most of June processing the collections of two (probably) lesbian mathematicians.  I really enjoy my job at the Archives of American Mathematics, which collects the papers of mathematicians and mathematics organizations, and over the past year, I have developed a real affection for the world of mathematics.  […]

Web archiving in a virtual machine

This semester, I took a class on Digital Archives and Preservation, taught by the inestimable Dr. Pat Galloway.  One of distinctive things about this course is that students are assigned into teams that spend the semester tackling a real digital preservation problem.  This semester, groups worked with materials from the School of Information and from […]

Open-source software: Expertise required?

I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks installing software.  Or, to put it more precisely, I have spent a lot of time trying to install software.  Some of my attempts have been successful; some, less so.  The time I spent tinkering with various programs (and occasionally wanting to bang my […]