Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The most challenging day at cataloging internship

Hi. This is Anna. It's been awhile but I thought I'd write about my last day at the UCLA Film Archive Cataloging Department. Why do the most challenging items to catalog appear on the last day of my internship? So, far I've had to rethink my approach to cataloging a sports show and the added entries have proved some what difficult to determine. Many of the rules established for bibliographic items just do not work with moving images as most of you are aware of. Also, determining the title of a news program, which appears simple, actually is not. A lot of things need to be considered before simply applying a title and also, as I have learned today, those titles may change.

Another challenge, figuring out how to cataloging a compilation of breaking news items. These are not excerpts. They are the items themselves. But how do you make a record reflect this? Are the notes enough? how many notes would a researcher be willing to wade through?

Overall, this has been a very wonderful internship. I have learned a lot from Martha Yee, Andrea Leigh and Robert Graves. I highly recommend this as a possibility if you want to intern. You not only catalog, but you also get to inventory and view the items. I worked mainly with Martha Yee and Dan Einstein, the Television Archivist, but you also get to interact and talk to everyone else here. It's a great environment and this has been the most professional internship I've experienced so far.

Also, they give out news awards for EVERYTHING. I can't even believe it. But I suppose, it's nice to be recognized.