Although our department is growing, we're still a small shop. I'm the only full-time archivist, so I wear a lot of hats. Here are just a few that I happen to modeling today:
IT ConsultantI'm working with the campus Information Technology Services (ITS) Dept. to set up Heritrix, an automated crawler developed by the Internet Archive to harvest and preserve websites. I've been working with them for almost a year to get this into production, so we can start collecting campus websites. It's been an uphill battle because the idea of long-term preservation isn't even an afterthought.
FacilitatorI'm also working with our campus webmaster and ITS to customize the look of our online CMS, Archon. It's an open source solution, which means that ITS needs to spend more time in maintaining it than a vendor solution. I've spent the last month or so working with our ITS representative to get a test server set up so the webmaster can play with the CSS. Like the Heritrix project, this one has been in the works for about a year. But, the test server is now up, so the greatest roadblock has been cleared.
Obsolete Technology ExpertThis is a box with a couple of zip drives (Remember those?) donated by another department on campus. With the last collection from our Theatre Dept., I found a zip disk with files from the last accreditation review. So this was a welcome donation.
We also have a large collection of oral history recordings (about 1,000 and growing) created by a prolific History professor, who's been with the university since 1968. These consist of audiocassettes, microcassettes, VHS and Umatic videotapes, and mini DV cassettes, as well as transcripts in Word and WordPerfect on 5 1/4" and 3 1/4" diskettes. I'm working with another person in ITS to read the 5 1/4" disks and transfer the content to a usable format. This has taken on some urgency, as one of our Dept. Chairs wants to release a new edition of his book, which is saved exclusively on 5 1/4" disks.