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Gone when the morning comes
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Deborah Kaplan | Categories: news | |  Tagged:  , , , , |

Today is my last day at Tufts DCA, and I keep dwelling on all the things I love about this place. There’s what I I love about Tufts University; today on my way into work, as I walked past the straw bales they put against trees so local kids sledding down the hill won’t hurt themselves, I thought about how one of the things that drew me to Tufts in the first place was how it is a member of the surrounding community. There’s also DCA, and everything I will miss here. Of course there’s the people and the work and everything that we’ve accomplished in the time I’ve been here, but let’s face it, it’s easier to blog about my favorite elements from our collections. Therefore I present for you:

Deborah’s list of five treasures she’s enjoyed finding in our collections, in no particular order:

  1. Outerbridge Horsey“. I know this record doesn’t look like much but I am so fond of Mr. Horsey. He’s my favorite name in the entire A New Nation Votes project. One thing I love about the Outerbridge Horsey family is that they understand how truly wonderful the name is: Outerbridge Horsey VII is alive and a practicing architect in Georgetown.
  2. Dog with sign protesting new dorms“, 1978. How can anyone not love this beautiful dog, who is very adamant that there should be no dorms.
  3. The Ginger-Beer Man“, 1890. This gregarious fellow has been my go to image for testing search for years.
  4. Marine Technology Transfer and the Law of the Sea“, 1984. This is a doctoral dissertation, submitted to the faculty of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, by the current dean of the Fletcher School. In between that dissertation and his current position as Dean, he was NATO Supreme Commander Europe. I am always so fascinated by the non-academia experience of the Fletcher faculty.
  5. I don’t have any particular favorites from the This I Believe collection, but I like the collection so much not just because I’m proud of how much work we put in to making this audio + transcript interface have lovely usability and accessibility, but because the content in general makes the 1950s real to me. Here’s a nice sampling: Annie Fisher, 1954, Nazrat Farooki, 1954, Vita Sackville-West, 1953, Yaroslav Chyz, 1952, Louis Brandeis, 1952, Violet Bonham Carter, 1952. What I love about This I Believe is how it blends famous people and regular Joes so seamlessly, without any presumption by either the show or the speakers that the two classes of speakers are any different from one another.

Woman leaping over a track and field hurdle, with one leg parallel to the floor in front of her and another parallel to the floor behind her
Diane Pilson, November 1979

DCA welcomes Aaron Rubinstein to the staff
Posted on April 7, 2011 by Veronica Martzahl | Categories: news | |  Tagged:  |

DCA is pleased to welcome Aaron Rubinstein to the staff of Digital Collections and Archives. Aaron is our new Archivist for Digital Collections, and will be focusing on metadata management, digital object preparation and related workflows, and digital preservation activities.

Aaron comes to Tufts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was the Digital Project Manager and oversaw the development of Credo, the Special Collections and University Archives’ digital repository.

Milestones
Posted on December 3, 2010 by Deborah Kaplan | Categories: news | |  Tagged:  |

Congratulations to Laura Uglean Jackson on her recent publication in the Winter 2010 American Archivist, “But You Promised: A Case Study of Deaccessioning at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming” [pdf], by Laura Uglean Jackson and D. Claudia Thompson. Laura is a former DCA casual employee who has gone on to do groundbreaking work in the area of reassessing collection material. This article ties in with information Laura presented at the 2008 SAA conference in San Francisco.

And the most bittersweet congratulations and best wishes to Anoop Kumar, head of the Tufts Digital Library development team through our partnership with UIT/AT, who will be moving on to the Broad Institute. We look forward to the day when it is announced that Anoop’s cutting-edge genetic research cures all disease (and probably invents flying puppies and magic sparkle ponies). Good luck, Anoop!