New Lanark Trust has started work on an exciting project to digitise its archives and I am one of 6 volunters recruited to help with the development of the project. I thought it would be a good idea to record our experiences right from the beginning, so this is the first of what I hope will be many posts from us volunteers. We have a lot to learn! We have all completed the formal induction process and have three days of training in collections management, digitisation and on-line archiving – all the material will be made available on line in the fullness of time. I think I speak for all the volunteers when I say that we are really looking forward to getting started. So… watch this space!
spent two days this week at New Lanark learning about collections managment – still very much a paper based system with forms in triplicate for taking in items, recording movement, disposal etc. On the second day we got to play – practicing marking items in a variety of ways – marking with permanent markers, sewing on labels and sticking on labels with wheat starch paste. We also handled artifacts wearing white cotton gloves!
next Wednesday we are learing how to use the eHive on-line archiving system before we start work for real the following week. Knowing the amount of photos New Lanark has in the filing cabinets I imagine we will have our work cut out!
special welcome to Catherine, our intern from the University of Southern Indiana, who is sharing this journey with us for 6 weeks.