Coming back to the States was, well, like coming home–easy and simple. As simple as I imagine international travel can be, at least. Navigating Heathrow was much easier the second time around, that’s for sure! There was a specific little shuttle between terminals and everything. We had a bit of time between flights, so I got a chance to take a picture of one of my favorite signs (yes, I tweeted about it at the time too). My passport really appreciates the love it got with customs stamps as well–and now I’ve got the urge to use it quite a bit more! I even looked into international librarianship opportunities once I got back, and found some good resources to consider while finishing up my degree.
We had one last in-person class, where we established some guidelines for our metadata and worked on our Mural (coming soon!). I have to say, finishing up with these tasks has really expanded my appreciation for metadata and those who work with it on a daily basis, as well as the amount of time dedicated photographers put into their work.
As much as I love this chance to expand my skills using Dublin Core (and I really do, it was one of the reasons I took the class), metadata comes with its own challenges–namely, knowing when to stop. One of the fields that we fill in for every picture, video, and audio file is a “Description” where we get a chance to use uncontrolled vocabulary (read: words not necessarily part of a list somewhere) to describe the content. It has been a bit difficult to keep it short but still useful, especially for some of the shows that have many actors on stage at once and/or aren’t very obvious about telling the audience character names. Plus, as anyone who has chatted with me using various social media platforms knows, I’m not in the habit of skimping on words when I’m typing! However, I have welcomed this chance to learn how to walk that line, and hopefully future users of the archive will find all our efforts helpful in filling their information needs, whatever they may be.by