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July 28, 2008

Andersen Library Hours Change

Starting this September, the Andersen Library extended hours will be changing to (it is hoped) support more researchers. We will no longer be open late on Thursday nights. Instead, we will have Saturday hours, from 9:00 to 1:00 every week while school is in session (excluding holidays).

While this new schedule should support more walk-in researchers, our ability to page materials will still be somewhat limited on Saturdays. So, it will still be best to make an appointment with a staff member who works with your collection.

To sum up, our new hours starting after Labor Day will be 8:30 to 4:30 Monday-Friday and 9:00-1:00 Saturday.

July 21, 2008

Public Historian

Please check out the Public Historian, a really interesting blog written by a PhD student in the history of sci/tech/med program here. Full disclosure - her latest post is full of some nice things to say about CBI.

July 18, 2008

Computer History Museum Collections

The Computer History Museum has announced the inauguration of a new online search system for research in their collections and artifacts: http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/search/.

July 7, 2008

Day in the Life, Part II

Herein the second installment of that riveting series, A Day in the Life of an Archivist. Today I spent some time working on creating what we in the biz call "vertical files" (any archivists out there know the origin of this term?). Basically, a vertical files are reference files - materials that aren't actually archival collections, but can still be useful to researchers. Vertical files might contain photocopied newspaper articles, pamphlets, or other reference material on a certain topic. I am lucky because former CBI employees kept extensive files on computing companies, individuals, and other subject areas. None of the files have, up till now, been officially accessible to researchers, but they could be a useful starting place for many research topics and so I've been moving things around, getting our new vertical files ready to be available.