ASB: Day 3: The Database Strikes Back

posted Feb 29, 2012, 7:14 PM by jj pionke
That sounds rather dramatic but it's more a hiccup than anything else. In short, if you get into a situation where two people are using the same record number at the same time, if one person hits save first, the other person's record isn't automatically moved to the next record number so when you are done entering the info into the record, the system won't save it and you have to re-enter the info into a new record.  It's kind of a bit grr....but I think the system wasn't originally designed for simultaneous multiple user entry so I can't really complain if you know what I mean.
In the meantime, today I spent time with the Russian Revolution of 1991.  I now know how to spell Gorbachev with my eyes closed.  I took a sneak peak at the folders for tomorrow and I am starting the day off with the fall of Noriega...if that is spelled wrong, I won't ever spell it wrong after tomorrow.  LOL
We also got an orientation to Chronicling America which is a digital initiative by the Library of Congress to put 1800s to 1922 (copyright) newspapers onto the web.  The newspapers are ones that are deemed important by the individual states and don't include the biggees like the New York Times because those have been pretty much digitized to within an inch of their lives.  Still, if you have a chance, check it out.  It's fascinating.
Tonight was also the University of Michigan reception and that was fun too but it was too loud, not enough food, and well, it was just hard to hear for me.  Still, had some interesting conversations including with an archivist from NARA - National Archives and Records Administration.  She's interested in getting an intern this many opportunities, not enough days in my Summer for them all! ARGH!