Monday, March 22, 2010

And now, time for something completely different...

Been working on preservation of some very old newspapers recently. You see, we were awarded a preservation grant not to long ago from the OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL RECORDS ADVISORY BOARD called “Threats to Your Collection” Grant Opportunity for Organizations. It's a pretty good way to get an archives started and to preserve items that have been donated over the years.

These newspapers are the college newspapers. They range from 1930's to the present day, with a few gaps in between. The paper is your typical newspaper type paper, very acidic and easily tears when slightly handled. Hence the filmoplast P by Neschen. Great stuff! It's a paper tape that mends those pesky rips and tears. It is non-acidic and will probably last longer than the paper it is mending. You can order it and other supplies from any archival or library supplier, e.g. Demco, Gaylord and BroDart to name a few.

Some of these newspapers are in pretty rough shape. We, the student assistants and I, sprayed them with BookKeeper, a deacidifying spray. That stuff is fantastic! It won't take the yellowing of the pages away, but it will slow the disintegration process of the newspapers. It took 10 bottles of bookkeeper to deacidify the newspapers we have. Always remember, an archive is always growing from donations. After we deacidified our newspapers, we received 3 more bound copies of newspapers from the 1930's. We will need to order 5 more refill bottles of BookKeeper to finish these new additions.

After spraying, the mending began in earnest. It took 2 boxes of filmoplast to mend them. These newspapers will be packed in archival boxes to be shipped (basically a road trip) to OK Historical Society in OKC to be microfilmed.

It's not an in-depth report, but you get the idea. If you ever want to know more, drop me a line and I will give you the scoop. Until next time...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Travis John Murphy

My oldest nephew, Travis, was killed March 5, 2010. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel and went head long into a tree and was pronounced dead at 5:03 am. Travis was on his way home from his girlfriends where he had earlier fallen asleep. He was 19 years old. I'm really gonna miss that kid. I can hear him now going "Aw, Aunt Rhonda" and giving me that shit eating grin he always used. That kid was loved. There were over 400 people at his funeral.

He was cremated and his parents got to bring him home on Wednesday, a day after the memorial service. That brought on another round of tears as does writing this...but it is for the best, tears. They cleanse and heal. I don't know how many tears I will need to shed before the wound heals or at least scabs a bit but I will fill the Salton sea many times over.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

ALA Annual and the Headaches it causes!

My friend David and I submitted a proposal for a poster session to the ALA Annual Conference held in D.C. this year. He has been trying to get me to do this for about 2 years now and I finally relented. I never thought we would have a chance, but low and behold, our proposal was accepted! Fanflippintastic! I really am pretty darn excited about it!

At first, I was going to be the ghost presenter...not there in body but of course there in spirit! My Director, the fabulous C. Evlyn Schmidt, offered to spring for the registration and a preconference class. That saves me almost $400 bucks! The headache is with dealing with the ALA and their reservations people. They are awful. Not user friendly and I might as well be dealing with the Russian consulate for all they understand anything. ALA has used this service for the last few conferences. Why has there not been any improvement in the services? Argh! So, I haven't booked a hotel room and the rates are astronomical. Nothing new, it is downtown D.C. after all. But, SHEESH! I have some time...the conference isn't until the end of June...can anyone put me up for a couple of days in D.C.?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My first ever blog post...scary

Well, here it is, my first ever blog and post. I have no plan for this blog at this moment, but I will use it for good, not evil, library ideas. Posting topics on preservation, access services and basically things that interest me and possibly interest you too. Join me on this mad ride if you wish...I hope to make it interesting.