I may be dipping my toes (very, very part time) into the archives world again. This past month, I began a new additional (very, very) part-time (but super awesome) job as a cataloging librarian at a local university. I found out that I would be taking over the organization of some of the archives and special collections – many materials need to be inventoried, rehoused, and relabeled. I also need to assess what has already been cataloged in Archives West (or in a few Excel files found in the local drive).
I was encouraged by my dean and supervisor to attend the first part of a seminar this morning – “Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery”. The program was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – yes, they still exist (fingers crossed they won’t completely lose funding) – and hosted by the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS). I left with materials I needed to make a proper disaster recovery plan – a project I hope to finish in the next few months!