All over but the shouting

No, I’m not referring to the Replacements or any other ’80s band, but to the fact that the cataloging of  all of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition materials held by Special Collections finally seems to be finished.  Many thanks to the Mendery for liberating several of these publications from a previously “bound together” state and for everyone involved in getting them shelf ready and able to be requested in the reading room.

Contents list and cover from publications formerly bound together
Contents list and cover from publications formerly bound together

Not that it is something that is necessarily worth getting all that sentimental about, but I cannot help feeling some mixture of chagrin and amusement whenever I am in the position of revising work done by prior hands.  Binding these publications together and describing them briefly all in one record may seem a little questionable now, but it did serve its purpose well enough for many years.  In an information world where everything is evolving so rapidly, how soon will it be before someone questions the decision to catalog these individual publications separately (and in far more detail) and finds that approach a bit dated?

But enough philosophizing, as, drunk with power, I prepare to delete this record from our local catalog.

Screen shot of catalog record to be deleted
Screen shot of catalog record to be deleted



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I joined The Shubert Archive as Processing Archivist in 2015, having worked previously at numerous archives and special collections, including the University of Washington, New York Public Library, King County Archives, and New York University. I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hunter College, City University of New York and an M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Long Island University. I have been a Certified Archivist since 2005. Throughout my career, I have been active professionally and held several leadership roles. Among my favorites are: Dance Librarians Discussion Group convener and editor of the newsletter of the Performing Arts Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists. I also was involved with the American Theatre Archive Project, a national grassroots initiative dedicated to assisting active performing arts companies with the preservation of their legacy. In addition, I have significant experience as a freelance archival consultant.

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