Internship July 3-7

Two days this week due to holiday:

July 5: Met with the cataloging chair to discuss projects for the remaining three weeks. I mentioned that I would like some practice with cataloging items other than books, and original cataloging. Also that I probably wouldn’t be interested in doing a 8-hour-a-day cataloging job. Some cataloging sure. So that led into a conversation on the future of libraries – specifically metadata and data visualization. He said UF’s Digital Collections (UFDC) has a unique schema software for metadata uploads and such and he would pass UFDC contact information to me to discuss internship possibilities there. I asked if recording data for 3-D printer objects is “cataloging.” Not quite, but I could speak with someone at Marston Science Library about it (more internship possibilities!). After our discussion, I went back to more copy cataloging. The chair let me know before the end of the day that he scheduled me with an original cataloger next Thursday for a project. Sweet!

July 6: This day started out with copy cataloging, but the chair soon came by and asked if I was interested in a task for UFDC. Yes! He emailed me and excel sheet and links to a set of finding aids on the UFDC website. I’m guessing that UFDC is just archives; I was thinking it was all digital items. Current items may be e-resources; I’ll ask soon. My task was to compare the metadata in the excel sheet to the finding aid aid on the website. Once it is confirmed as a match, the metadata is uploaded to Aleph through the special software UFDC uses. The cataloging chair mentioned that getting experience with the UFDC metadata schema software would be good in that most schema software have a similar method, but this particular software was made specifically for UFDC so I wouldn’t be working with it anywhere else. I’m fine with that; general experience is better than none. I did find two items that weren’t the same so I marked those as well as some questions including:

  • How can I tell what “box” theses items are in? There were boxes listed in the metadata but not in the finding aid.
  • Some of the item numbers were like 3-62 then 3-62A, but the two items didn’t seem related. Why did the second one get the same number+A; what is the relational factor?

All in all, a great day of new items learned.

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