Source: Image Collections Online – “Prayer house on Coffin Point trip”
I’ve talked about this before. One of the projects I’m involved with at work is adding metadata to a collection of photographs by Frank Hohenberger. It’s fun! And I occasionally blog about some of the photos I’m working on. There are two photos in the collection of praise houses. Only Hohenberger called them “prayer houses,” and his titles are sacrosanct, so we can’t edit them. We also couldn’t add a subject heading for “praise houses,” because the term did not exist in either the Library of Congress subject authority file or the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials subject list, and we can only pull terms from those two sources.
Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal. The terms praise house and prayer house sound fairly similar, right? So people could find the praise house images by just doing a keyword search. But it is a big deal. Praise houses are a very specific, unique thing, and no one who is searching for praise houses will think to search for prayer houses, instead. So without being able to add a subject for praise houses, a keyword search for the term won’t work (our keyword search is literal and cannot understand that prayer and praise are synonymous-ish). That means that these images, which might be of interest to folks studying African American history or the Gullah people, would not be findable. They were basically hidden from view.
So I’ve nagged and nagged and nagged, over the course of the last 5-6 years (yes, really), until I finally was able to hash out a plan of action with a SACO cataloger. I gave her all my research on praise houses, and last February, she started working on submitting a proposal to LC for a new praise houses subject heading. We didn’t expect it to pass on the first round, but it did, and it is now live.
This may seem kind of wonk-ish and boring, but it is a big deal to me, personally.
The baby bear made a feet bouquet, while he was napping. Is there anything cuter?
We have our yearly all day in-house conference at work tomorrow. They are allegedly serving pastries and coffee in the morning, but the last time I attended, they said the same thing and there was bupkis.
They won’t tell us what the lunch menu is, but every year they serve the same revolting vinegar-drenched artichoke heart veggie wrap. It’s absolutely inedible, so I’ll be packing Pop Tarts and a PB&J sandwich. Better safe than sorry.
I finally got through everything on the bottom shelf of my book truck. It was all old stuff with minimal or crappy records, so I’d been putting off working on it.
I also got a promotion, effective in two weeks. My new official title will be “electronic resources cataloger,” but I’ll
still be working with some printed materials. I’ll also get to train to do name authority work and will be doing more original cataloging. Très excitant!
That may not look like a lot, for a day’s cataloging output, but they were skinny and mean.
I worked today, and since it was the weekend, I had to enter through the “renovation hallway.” Progress! This is the area with the crossed out walls. They’re all gone now.
Oh look! More renovations at the library!
I used the freight elevator this morning. For some reason, the interior has plastic sheeting taped to the walls. Very Dexter. And apparently I’m not the only one to think so, because someone wrote “Kill Room?” on the tape.
Also, sharing from Instagram to Flickr seems to be working again. YAY!
They’ve pulled up the floor tiles. I love the wooden trap doors at the top of the escalators.
All the books and most of the shelving is now cleared from the 9th floor.
They’re renovating the 9th floor of the west tower. Eventually the fine arts library will move here, so that their space in the fine arts building can be incorporated into the big art museum renovation. The library will permanently lose the space in the art building, unfortunately, so we’re having to find room for the fine arts collection in the main library.
The 9th floor is being cleared out, so it can be renovated, so the fine arts collection will have a new home.