By the Postcard UnClass
Our Postcard Unclass is ending this week at The University of Akron, which means that groups are working hard to tie up loose ends. It’s a race to the finish, with just over two hundred postcards in need of metadata and just a few days to go. That means some intense work and last-minute questions.
Veronica and Rosemary are comparing postcards published by Bamforth, a prominent English printer in the early twentieth century, while Anthony and Jessica are debating whether “gold digger” is an appropriate keyword for tagging the image below:
To term “gold digger” does not appear as a Library of Congress subject heading, nor did any of the synonyms the room could come up with. Instead, the group settled on “Gender Issues” for the subject heading, even though it seemed rather less interesting than the card.
But that’s where keywords came in. The term “gold digger” made the card much more findable, the group concluded, and, since that metadata field need not meet Library of Congress specifications, the term is now officially attached to the card in our collection.
In other words, all is going as expected here.
The David P. Campbell Postcard Collection, searchable at postcard.uakron.edu, is a key collection of the CCHP’s Institute for Human Science and Culture. This blog series chronicles student efforts to make a select group of these postcards more accessible through an Unclass offered through the EXL Center and the English Department at the University of Akron.