This morning was spent discussing "unlabeled" vs "untitled" in our software description., which has now lead to me creating instructions on how to use the data uploader and software spreadsheet to create/edit records instead of using Mimsy for software cataloging.
A bunch of floppies were imaged in 2007 but then cataloged in 2009. Sometime in between the catalog numbers were mixed up on the disks and now I'm trying to sort out this confusing mess.
#library friends I have a question for you: a curator at MPOW wants to know why so many books have a letter underlined in the last name. They passed along the image below with G in Gladstone marked.
We haven’t been able to give him an answer, just that potentially it helped identify an author quickly. Do y’all have any thoughts or insights?
It took way too may archivists/registrars to figure out what to a call a particular box, but we figured it out!
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We have a HelloFresh subscription that we do like once a month, but keep around for the recipes. We’ve reached a point where we have no idea what printed recipes that we have so I’ve created a spreadsheet with the recipe basics and several pivot tables to filter by meat/non-meat types.
Turns out the file names and the carriers aren’t exact matches and our interpretation of handwriting differs.
I have to match these disk image files to the physical carrier. I’ve managed to match all but five and I can’t tell if I’m missing something, the carrier doesn’t exist anymore, or the names just don’t match.
Code4lib is in San Jose next year and I’m intrigued. I’ve never been but really want to experience it, but I’d have to pay registration costs out of pocket and that’s a big chunk of change.
Just emailed a dog rescue place about a doggie that upon description seems good for Osito and I’d love the two to meet. Anxiously waiting to hear back!
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I was given wording for a reply that pretty much said abandonware doesn't necessarily mean copyright no longer applies, and that we are interpreting things conservatively to protect the collections and institution until we have a proper risk management policy. I encouraged them to keep looking elsewhere in the meantime because it might take a year to have a policy in place.
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A few weeks ago a researcher asked to buy a Microsoft disk in our collection. After some consultation, the decision was made to not give them an ISO image of said disk because of copyright. MPOW tends to lean a little more conservatively with access.
The researcher did NOT like this and sent me an angry email re abandonware, other places that are providing access to similar things, and their interpretation of US copyright law (they are from outside of the US).
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I’m finally writing the proposal to SAA Council for this first generation student membership award, but I am questioning every word that I write.
Though I’ve been told to “follow the template it’s easy!” I’m having an incredibly difficult time finding a compelling way to state my reasons for wanting to establish this award. I’m really starting to doubt my writing skills and how well I can do this or if I should even be the person doing it in the first place.