Welcome back, bloggers! I hope that you have been enjoying what is left of spring and the beginning of summer!
I am back as a graduate intern at the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the Arkansas Studies Institute building in downtown Little Rock and couldn’t be more excited. I am in week three and have been going strong. So far, I developed a project plan for the Facebook backlog and ripping the DVD collection of the Winthrop Rockefeller Collection so that it is available for viewing online. The Facebook backlog hasn’t been to difficult, just time consuming. Basically, I am going back through the pictures that have been posted on the UALR CAHC Facebook page and properly scanning, labeling and uploading the picture onto CONTENTdm so that we have a preservation copy for our records. The Rockefeller Collection is over 350 DVD’s that were saved and now I am ripping them to be available for online use instead of having to come down to the building and watching them here.
In addition, I am also involved in a few projects. The first project is the Oral History project, where recorded interviews with individuals from the 1930s (or around that time) are now to be available online. I am digitizing those as well…basically, converting them from VHS, Cassette or even reel-to-reel to a digital WAVE or MP3 file for online viewing. My second project is more personal – I am actually allowed to work on my own project thesis for graduate school! I still am looking over the Carl Bailey Collection – he was a governor in Arkansas – to determine if I want the thesis to be strictly about him or about something he did in particular. This is my personal project.
Lastly, I am involved in a few other projects that I have yet to be introduced to. I will be preparing files for Archive Grid and Ark-Cat as well as helping digitize history seminar papers. Again, not quite sure what this all entails, so I guess you’ll just have to check back here next week!