Lately, my new project in Archives is the process of bringing ONU music into the light of day. We have a wealth of music in our secure storage that is being enjoyed by no one. There are student recitals, faculty recitals, Christmas concerts, Commencement concerts, guest artists and much more. We created a You Tube … Continue reading The Music Man
One of the first projects I tackled upon becoming University Archivist was to compile a book about the office of the presidency. The research was fascinating. I learned quite a bit about the history of our institution (a good thing since an archivist is oft times expected to be a historian). For the first several … Continue reading Olivet Presidents–A History of the Office of the President
Our Archives and Digital Initiatives students now have room to stretch their legs and breath while they scan newspaper clippings, digitize VHS tapes, and upload content to Digital Commons @ Olivet. We couldn't be happier with our rearranged space!
The walk in to Benner Library this morning was “heavenly”. Birds serenaded me all the way, the grounds were abundant with flowers and plantings of many varieties. I reached Benner Library, unlocked the door to Archives, and settled in. Going over emails, I re-read one from the Office of Student Development entitled ‘Welcome Weeks … Continue reading ONU Alumni, We Need You
Recently, I happened upon several cassette tapes in a file folder. They are interviews of people long gone and I need to get these interviews converted to a digital format. And so, the research began. Here's what I've discovered: There are two ways to convert a cassette tape to an MP3 file and save … Continue reading Making Old Things New
When something reaches age seventy-five, we equate that number with old. A car is considered an antique at the twenty-five year mark. Corningware came out with the blue, cornflower pattern in 1958. That would be considered 'retro'. (I guess I'm considered retro too-1956 *tic*) In the 60's, troll dolls became the craze. (I owned several of the little … Continue reading Seventy Five Years Young
Today is September 2nd. In the Chicago area, we have already experienced some cool evenings, and even a day or two when sitting out required a light sweater. Very soon people will be moving about campus in a much different manner--with purpose--trying to get from one building to another without getting frostbite. Frisbee players will be … Continue reading Curl Up With a Good Computer
This year at Olivet's Homecoming, we will celebrate the 75th year on the Bourbonnais, IL Campus. The Golden Grad class this year will be the class of 1965. We look forward to a great celebration together!
When I arrive to work at 7 a.m. things are pretty quiet. After settling in (that includes coffee), I think about what I hope to accomplish in the next 8 hours. Often, there are patron requests waiting. Sometimes it's a light request, "What is the oldest building on campus", "Do you have any information about … Continue reading Eight Hours Is Not Enough
Yesterday a group from our library visited Cantigny Park. I've lived in Illinois all of my life and have never visited or even heard of this wonderful place. The gardens are lush and beautiful. It's a mini version of Chicago Botanic Gardens although mini is perhaps the wrong word. There is no feeling of "smallness" … Continue reading Cantigny in Wheaton, IL