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9.28.17 // 9:58 pm. little inspo for you guys •• remember it does not matter what other’s are doing, it matters what YOU are doing 🍃 🌏 

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My first video for this new adventure of a series on Library and Information Science topics: What… is… Library and Information Science?!

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thoughts from my Raven Boys reread:

highlights include some rambling analysis of Adam and Ronan’s dynamic in the first book, yelling about how Gansey definitely has social anxiety, gushing about the Henrietta library, and trying to accept the fact that this is probably the best book out of the whole series. WOO. ᕕ(ᐛ)ᕗ

  • Blue is impatient and vain along with being sensible and I love her for it because it helps her feel so real to me yknow? she constructs her difference so carefully and owns it and all that but unlike most YA protags she still feels BELIEVABLE in spite of how intentional she is about being “different” because she does it in a way that doesn’t feel contrived to me
  • there may be other issues with the writing in TRC but Maggie got that right good job
  • “I thought you were dead in a ditch” oh honey just wait :^)))))
  • I know we talk about Ronan’s oral fixation like…. all the time….. but. Okay I just really love this fidgety boy and his habit of chewing on those bracelets. Someone please get him a fidget cube or something
  • (jumping ahead to TRK but I loved the detail of Opal chewing on Adam’s watchband, it’s a nice tic for her and Ronan to share and it reminds you that she’s been living in his head for most of his life)
  • “All night. This was going to bother him all night” did you mean the moment I vowed to protect this socially anxious child with my life
  • Persephone is working on a graduate thesis?? She listens to angry music when she’s working on it??? Why didn’t we get to explore that more I have SO MANY questions (does she listen to Halestorm when writing like I do omg I would die)
  • “ARE YOU LISTENING, GLENDOWER? I AM COMING TO FIND YOU!” Gansey….. my nerdy son…… a dweeb…….
  • The gang doing traditional library research!! Digging through courthouse records of land ownership! Making maps!!! 
  • Honestly I’m probably biased as a current library science student but I would read an entire book about the staff at the Henrietta Library dealing with these weird teens and their magic quest.
  • …..yeah i gotta put the rest under a read more this got SO MUCH LONGER than I meant it to be just like every other post I make whoops

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Nearly 450 years after last week’s shelfmark, a library science student learns to use the IBM programming machine: Mizzou was the first academic library to be fully computerized, thanks to Ralph Parker, head of the library and then dean of the library school.⠀ ⠀ Savitar. LH1 .S2 1968⠀ ⠀ #ibm #computers #retro #vintage #vintagelibrary #rarebooks #specialcollections #universityofmissouri #mizzou #libraries #librariesofinstagram #ifttt

Questions with Colleagues: Jennifer Marciello, Archivist & Oral History Coordinator

This past month, the Archives division at the JFK Library welcomed six volunteer library science graduate students as part of Preservation Week. We sat down with Archivist & Oral History Coordinator Jennifer Marciello to talk about their work and what they discovered.

How did Preservation Week come about?

In the Archives Division here at the Library, we have a Preservation Subcommittee whose focus is to identify and document any preservation concerns in our historic collections and come up with plans to address them. In doing this, we noticed that there were some very sizable collections with issues that needed to be addressed, but were too large for any one staff member to take on.

This is where the idea for Preservation Week came from. Instead of one staff member devoting weeks, months or, in some cases, years to one project, we devised a program that would get archival staff and interns involved in working on a specified project for one week out of each semester – three times a year – with the goal of completing the preservation tasks. This program has a dual benefit of allowing interns the opportunity to work and collaborate on a larger shared project, while at the same time completing necessary preservation tasks that do not normally fit into current workflows.

This time, along with some of our archival staff and paid interns, we had the help of Alternative Spring Break volunteers, which is a program that NARA (National Archives and Record Administration) coordinates to provide students with an opportunity to work at a NARA facility. This year, our volunteers were from the Library and Information Science Graduate Programs at Simmons College in Boston, and at Wayne State University in Detroit.

What was the collection you worked on for this Preservation Week?

For this Preservation Week, we worked on the John F. Kennedy Condolence Mail Collection. This is the mail received by the White House and Mrs. Kennedy after President Kennedy’s assassination, and reflects the world-wide reaction to the death of President Kennedy. Previously, it had been minimally processed, which meant that many boxes were still inaccessible to researchers, and there were some significant preservation issues that needed to be addressed.

How large is the collection?

When we started, the collection was roughly 200 cubic feet. This past Preservation Week, we were able to reorganize 120 boxes of mail (60 cubic feet) – specifically the letters D through P. Since we began the program as a whole, we’ve reorganized and made accessible over 160 boxes (80 cubic feet of material) – the letters A through P. We have about two more rounds of Preservation Week to finish out the alphabet. By the Fall, we’re hoping to have all of the domestic letters in the collection – letters sent from the US – sorted, alphabetized, preserved and accessible to researchers.

When you were sorting the letters, did you come across anything surprising or especially notable?

I think the takeaway from the project for many of the volunteers who worked with it was the overall outpouring of grief as well as the personal nature of many of the letters, people relating personal stories, offering prayers, aid or asking for help. The majority of the writers discussed their love of the President, and the sadness and grief that they as American citizens felt. Many of the volunteers who worked on this project mentioned that they wouldn’t think of writing to the President or First Lady in this capacity, or feel as personally connected to a politician or political family in this day and age.

What’s the importance of processing this collection?

Over the years, we’ve found that most of the requests we get to access this collection are from individuals looking for the letters that either they sent or that their family members sent to Mrs. Kennedy. The collection was originally sorted by type – for example, letters with Mass cards, or poems, or drawings, or written by children. We found that with the reference requests we were getting, most people remembered they wrote a letter, but they didn’t remember specifically if they sent a mass card, or wrote a poem, etc. So by reorganizing the collection alphabetically by last name of the individual, Library staff can easily search through a few boxes instead of 200 cubic feet of material. It’s a huge accomplishment and will be of immense help in helping the public find their letters!

Today at the library: It’s finals season. Let’s do this. It feels so good to write something by hand after an entire semester of writing papers.

April 7, 2016 // [3/100

I’ve been taking a break from my regular/required/real schoolwork and attending a conference on campus about voting/collective decision-making. The conference has been fascinating – in my four years, one of the most academically inspiring events I’ve partaken in; I feel reaffirmed in my hopes about grad school. Anyways, it all took place in this warm room in the Quadrangle Club.

100 days of productivity

Day 11:
- Library study as usual 📚
- Chemistry lecture
- Lunch with my bestie
- Chill time on the grass with my childhood friends
- 4 hour Cell Biology lab (so much trouble readjusting the microscope lens but at least we finished!) 🔬😧
- Lazy dinner (instant miso soup and tofu) 🍲🍴
- Shower and now just reading some anatomy notes in bed 🛁

Such a long day and totally drained 😥😪 but feels good to be learning new stuff! ☺