I thought it would be cool to show you what I do here as the summer student. The truth is, I do everything from A-B! I’m the utility man! The go-to guy! Haha. The fun part is that I am learning as I go, so each new task is challenging and fun. My most recent project that I have been working on is transcribing interviews. This is the process by which we convert the interviews into a word document, by listening to it and typing whatever is being said. Now, I am not the fastest typer, so luckily I can slow down the rate at which the words are being said (Whew!).
The headphones help me a great deal.
The workstation! Aimee’s notepad saved me from carpal tunnel. So much typing. (Sorry Aimee!)
I hope that gives you a good idea. Next up, I also spend a fair bit of time searching for newspaper articles, and then cutting out any that are relevant to our archives. It’s a tricky business because its easy to miss an article of interest, and its also not hard to accidentally cut an article that you did not see on the other side. Fortunately these mishaps are rare.
Snip snip snip snip snip snip…
Once these articles have been isolated from their cozy little newspapers, I bring ’em to the photocopier and replicate them all, making sure that any two-parter’s are still together and not spread out. Once the articles have been copied, we then trash the originals (they’re acidic and won’t stand the test of time).
The chair is a life saver.
Now, there is one activity that is relatively low-maintenence and is done in concurrence with all of the above tasks. This is digitizing audio casettes that contain interviews. Tapes are placed inside of a converter that is connected to a computer, where they are stored. To start this process, I simply place a tape in the converter and press play. The material is recorded onto the computer using an audio program (We use Audacity). Once the tape is done, I just replace it with the next one. This process requires no supervision, just timely check-ups.
I’d show you about archiving but that is Top Secret information.
I am not archiving at the moment because Jill, our archiver, is gone collecting goodies for future issues. I will help her archive when she gets back!
So these are the three main activities that have kept be occupied recently. Perhaps I will let you know more in the future as I find out! Thanks for reading, and have a good day.