Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Competency #9: Archives.gov Internet Site

The National Archives website, www.archives.gov, is a reputable website that holds information about our national archives as well as information helpful to researchers, archivists, and librarians.

Users can take advantage of this site by requesting records, viewing World War II photos, viewing the Constitution, in addition to learning about preservation, conservation, and records management. I chose this site because patrons can view amazing archives while also gaining information about how to archive information materials. Librarians, historians, and archivists can learn from the online information that this website has to offer.

This website can be found here.
I found this website through GoogleSearch.

Competency #8: Archive Process Research Visual

This research visual shows the process in which data is sent to the archives and later intended to be used for the end user. When files are first received in the hard drive by the Architecture Curators. The Technical Operators copy the files and send them to be examined by Digital Preservation Specialist. These files are also tagged and created into metadata to be archived. The Digital Preservation Specialist takes in all the metadata to archive and sends it to the Technical Operators to prepare the information for user interface. At the end of this process the information is available for the end user to examine.

I chose this flow chart, because I thought it was interesting and easy to understand. Archival Science is represented in a specific way with this research visual. You can examine this chart and understand how a research library handles materials to be archived.

This particular image can be found here.
The main page this image was extracted from is here.
This information was derived from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Libraries. This image was last updated August 19, 2009.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Competency #7: Image of Vatican Secret Archives

This image is one of the corridors in the storeroom of the new premises at the Vatican Library. It holds the Vatican Secret Archives. In addition, on location are several study rooms, reading rooms, an index room, an internal library, and most notably, several laboratories dedicated to the preservation of the secret archives. One laboratory is used for preservation, restoration and bookbinding that attributes to the holdings. Other laboratories are used for the restoration and study of seals while another acts to reproduce photography and digital reproduction. I located this image when I was looking for information about different types of special libraries. I looked at several very large and important libraries and this was one of them. I was browsing on Google for examples.

Much controversy has been had over Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and the portrayal of the Vatican Secret Archives. In the book (and movie), these particular archives are mentioned and sought after.

Not to go unmentioned, the Vatican Secret Archives are known to be greatly indexed, preserved, and protected. I chose this image because it shows the nature of the materials and how they are kept to be preserved. The Vatican Secret Archives is known to reach over 50 miles in shelving and holds documents that date back the the eighth century.

This image was found as the Vatican Secret Archives website and can be found here.
The homepage for the Vatican Secret Archives is here.
To view this archive room virtually you can do so here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Competency #6: Browsing Search Technique in ERIC Database

Searching for: Special Archives in Special/Research Libraries.

This final search technique requires the user to randomly browse through a database to find information. In ERIC database the user can choose to "Visual Search" through information. By first entering "Archives" I am able to view at different index terms. This search is a lot like Citation Pearl Growing. ERIC database provides one of the neatest features I have ever seen for browsing:

From left to right, I was able to narrow each search further and further to find exactly what I was looking for. Also, it shows other options that you may not have thought of. Here is a specific entry:

This search most likely would normally take a lot of time to perform. Unexpectedly, this search was the most easy and efficient that I was able to encounter. Perhaps, ERIC contributed as well. This "Visual Search" was beneficial to have learned and it definitely would help users. Especially beginner users.

Competency #6: Citation Pearl Growing Search Technique in Library Literature Database

Searching for: Special Archives in Special/Research Libraries.

Using the Citation Pearl Growing search technique, I started with a known item in the Library Literature database. This search will be in the realm of Special Archives or Archival Science.
SS1 = Smart Search (Special Archives) = 208 results

Using the Citation Pearl Growing technique I decided to click on the side links : "New Search By Subject" > "Photographic Archives". By doing this, I have a specific range to choose from. This is one of the results:

From this specific entry the user can click "Photographic Archives" and Library Literature brings all the other like items for users to view. Here is another related entry:

And thirdly, we are able to find another related entry through the index links.

This technique was able to bring a specific search to a subject index. From that point, the helpful results were linked and connected to each other. This was beneficial for the user because it gives a small (but helpful) selection of information that is greatly related to each other. This takes a lot of time away from the searcher.

Competency #6: Specific Facet First Searching Technique in WorldCat Database

Searching for: Special Archives in Special/Research Libraries.

To start this Specific Facet First search, I chose "Special Archives" as the facet. By doing this, I'm hoping to find some information about how other special and research libraries archive their materials. This search could also help by locating information and examples about specific special archives.
Using WorldCat database I received over 37,000. [Too much!]
SS1= kw (Special Archives).

I decided to make the search even more specific from "Special Archives" to "Special Library Archives". This search brought over 11,000 results.
SS2 = kw (Special Library Archives).

The results related more to Special Libraries than to their Archives. Therefore, this specific facet first search has brought back broad results. I needed to make a more specific search. The previous two searches used a keyword search. This third search will be "Special Archives" under the subject search in WorldCat.
SS3 = su (Special Archives).

This search brought 1,348 results that were helpful. They were more specific and less broad. This one in particular was a great resource.

This database encompasses a lot of information and files. The Specific Facet First search technique was a little difficult with WorldCat. Since, so much information is in this database, the user needs to use various specific words in order to obtain a good result.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Competency #6: Building Block Search in ASC Database

Searching for: Special Archives in Special/Research Libraries.

Using the building block technique when searching helps to find accurate results. Let's say I am trying to find articles about libraries or librarians that have special archives or special archiving systems. The building block approach can break down the search statement:

SS1: SU(library OR Librarian) AND (Special Archives OR Archive System).


SS2: (library OR Librarian) AND (Special Archives OR Archive System).

SS2 yields 24 results and SS1 reached 0 results. SS1 took the exact same components as SS2 but I searched with a "subject" search. This, of course was too narrow so I widened the search to "all fields". The second search was successful.

I also added "archivist" to the search as a building block component and it helped bring in more specific results.
By using the building block technique I was able to find a great article from the Journal of the Society of Archivists about the production, location, changes and standards of archival systems in the Netherlands. The article is a match from the search statement.