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!
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
"The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock....." That childhood Sunday School song came to mind this week. The lower level of our library flooded last Friday during the night. There was a pump failure and the lower level took on 2-4 inches of water. … Continue reading The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock
I have been University Archivist for a year now. I'm in the "looking back-looking forward" phase. Much has been accomplished in one thin year with the assistance of the librarians (and one very savvy student worker). The digital repository is filling in nicely, there has been a heavy focus on increased awareness of the Archives … Continue reading Words of Wisdom for a New Archivist
Graduating class of 1929 at "old" Olivet. Photo taken outside of the Administration Building in Olivet IL.