A friend took me canoeing on the Kentucky and Dix Rivers earlier this month. Much to my delight, we passed under High Bridge, which I’ve seen featured in so many photographs and postcards on the Kentucky Digital Library and ExploreUK.
digital and analog archivist
The other day I caught Todd Humphrey’s TED talk on GPS dots and became very excited about their potential use in archives. Most institutions have at some point misplaced a box, folder, or item, if even for a mere 30 minutes. Think of all the time spent searching storage areas and work spaces for missing materials that could be saved if you could use your smartphone to track the location.
SAA 2013 was fantastic! Slides from my panel presentation To Scan or Not to Scan: Challenges in mass digitization of minimally processed collections, along with my rough notes are available here.
Things have been pretty busy for me the past few weeks. Working 40 hours/week, being active on the MDOR steering committee, training for a half-marathon, creating a “memory book” for my grandmother’s 90th birthday, and picking up a side-gig as a contract archivist has left me little time to work on what really needs to get done: finalizing my presentation for SAA-2013. I can’t believe the conference is a mere six weeks away.
Here’s a sneak peak from my presentation slides. I’ll post more over the next few days.
My friends chalk up my recent absences from coffee/cocktail dates to being a “professional.” My family causally brushes it off as being “typical Dorpinghaus über-drive.” My dog has rebelled against the lack of attention by sneaking onto the last place in our house free of dog hair–our new couch. Thankfully, my boyfriend has responded by taking over my cleaning and yard work duties and (not so thankfully) suggesting we order pizza every night.
Mary Flynn [Dorpinghaus], circa 1949, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
Friday brought the launch of the much-anticipated Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Digital objects from a number of repositories across the country, including the Kentucky Digital Library and Lowcountry Digital Library, are now searchable via a single portal. Among these are materials from the Rosenthall Judaica collection, a digitization project I undertook while at the College of Charleston.
DP.LA also hosts several exhibits featuring materials from the six service hubs. Topics include activism, the Great Depression and New Deal, and national parks. University of Kentucky Libraries staff collaborated on Indomitable Spirits: Prohibition in the United States, which spotlights images, documents, oral histories, and newspapers from the Kentucky Digital Library.