8:53am – Physically, and perhaps philosophically, I am a digital version of my original self. I am reporting from inside ‘the network’. It appears my investigation is almost at an end.
The latest “Day in the Life of…” from an archive in the State Records NSW collection. This informative series focuses on how to add a digital gallery to your website, featuring our latest online exhibition “Lachlan Macquarie: visionary and builder”
3:13pm – I listen as some of the Macquarie ‘docs’ tell fond stories of the good ol’ days, known as B.M. (Before Microfilm). Researchers in the reading room would get excited to see Lachlan Macquarie’s initials “LM” personally scrawled by him…
11:54am – Oddly enough, the majority of conservation required is actually to repair damage sustained from old conservation techniques.
9:27am – There are two people in the ‘meeting room’. They are part of a larger syndicate group called the ‘Exhibition Committee’. Members come from far and wide across the organisation – I hear talk that they each represent a different phase of the project.
To start the New Year off with a bit of fun: next week we bring you a new series, written by Bea Scanned (a close friend of Ann Item, who brought you the Day in the Life of a State Archive series).
The viewing! It’s 9am and our savvy web surfer is here. In fact, he arrived a bit earlier than the opening time and has been patiently waiting in the reader’s lounge with a cup of tea.
OK, it’s retrieval time; OMG, how exciting! The clerk on retrieval duty is on her way to collect me. Boy, does she have a long way to walk. The retrieval staff at State Records NSW walk, on average, 10-12km a day. According to her GCC pedometer she has already walked 15,564 steps.
– from request to delivery
[or: The Amazing Adventures of Dame Nellie Melba’s Probate Packet]
Well, it’s ‘tomorrow’ and the pre-order is under way. Our savvy web surfer submitted the pre-order form yesterday and the archivist on ‘pre-order duty’ has received my details.