View of Ye Old Place of Employment

Always a pleasure.

Walking to Meet AFG

One last look.

The Final Hour

Empty desk edition.

Lunch at Mory’s

Nothing says Yale quite like Mory’s. 

This afternoon

“You can take me back to your desk now,” said my co-worker via Skype on my other co-worker’s MacBook.

Co-worker on Skype is in Korea, just sayin.’



Bunshaft’s model for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale


Snack Break

The Beinecke Library is my favorite building on campus. It is the physical structure I will miss most. I gaze at it every morning on my way to work. If I need a break, I sit where I am now and lose myself in the marble and angles. It has been my steadfast hang out spot for the past two years.

Victory is Mine!

Above, my victory lap. I started processing three collections on 1 September 2009, a total of 348 linear feet.They were not minimally processed; this was old-school, maximal processing. I finished processing those collections in June. The finding aids will be published at the end of the month after I leave.

In my department, one doesn’t really consider a collection to be DONE until it moves to its permanent home onsite or at the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) in Hamden. The medium sized collection, totally nearly 105 linear feet, went out in the Spring. The final, smallest collection, will go out in September.

This photo is of the largest, most complicated collection totaling 245 linear feet. Seeing that go off shrink wrapped on pallets to LSF is the taste of sweet victory and I was exhilarated watching the TR&S guys load it up on my way in to work this morning.

My last day of work is a week from today. I have some loose ends to tie up, but not many. I have two reference shifts to work, but mostly farewell lunches to attend.

That will do.

In which my iPad saves the day at work (again)

I am in the throws of digitization which right now means putting TIFF files into folders within directories that will be ingested into CONTENTdm. Once in CDM, these files can be made discoverable to patrons through Yale Digital Collections and we create handles, and then link to the finding aid which will in turn link patrons to the digital materials. Which is fantastic. However, the process of accurately transferring TIFF images from one file directory into discrete folders within another manually is long and taxing. Luckily, one of my colleagues sat with me and read from the spreadsheet I saved in Dropbox from my iPad as I worked on the files on my PC. 430 TIFFs and one hour later, we managed to complete the process. Had I been going back and forth between the spreadsheet in Excel AND the two file directories, I surely would have made errors and take twice if not three times as long. 

Let’s give it up for teamwork and my iPad. 

Slow Reference

Let me tell you a story, internetz: way back in the day before computers and the tubes that made you, librarchivists answered questions by MAIL, with PAPER and PEN EVEN. I answered one such question this morning. In the spirit of summer and the slow food movement, I give you this photo as an ode to times past, a nod to slow reference.


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