Hi Daniel,
    Chugging along, still, I see. The profession is better for it. 

   I’ve been retired for 6 years, now, but I still have not gotten the work out of my blood. I’m president of the local historical society and derive a lot of satisfaction from the progress we’re making preserving a history unlike any in the state of Vermont. Elevator speech version:  between 1903, when the Woodbury Granite Company won the contract for the Pennsylvania State Capitol, and 1923, when it won the contract for the AT&T Building on 5th Avenue in New York, Hardwick was the home office of the largest building granite company in the world. Any time you go through Union Station in DC, think of Hardwick. 

The company died slowly after skyscrapers replaced classical buildings as corporate headquarters and public spaces in urban areas, and the community died along with it. When I moved here in 1971, it was in pretty rough shape. But, it has rebounded. It’s not what it was in 1910, but it’s also not what it was in 1971. 

We have a serious history that most people don’t know about, and we have the old railroad station as the museum and archives for the town’s history. We have a good website and have begun to make inventories and finding aids available and searchable. We have several important “hidden collections” for which the finding aids will go onto the website within a year or so. I’ve got the inventory done, but the finding aid is not DACS compliant, yet. 

I took the SNAC training in anticipation of bringing the major players into the public’s view, and I was gob-smacked when I realized that every name in the database must link to an EAD encoded finding aid. 

For about 5 years, I noodled over the question of whether I should encode our finding aids in EAD or just post them as searchable.pdf files. I had just about decided on.pdf when I ran into that SNAC requirement; that prolonged the quandary for another for another couple years. 

I’ve finally decided to eschew EAD and EAC as delivery systems. It finally dawned on me that nobody with my credentials is going to follow me to Hardwick. Putting all our records on the web in a format that takes a substantial amount of training sets my successors up to fail to keep the work going. Long term, that’s an exercise in ego, not responsible professional behavior. 

Nor do I see any EAD/EAC conversion shops popping up. So, I will create finding aids and authority files with standards-compliant data elements and content, but without the encoding the national and international projects require. 

So, here’s why I’m taking up your time:  in the later years of my formal involvement with the profession, much was being made of the need to bring “hidden collections”, the important stuff contained in places like the Hardwick Historical Society, into the sight and grasp of researchers, and it was widely assumed that technology could do that. 

But, by requiring encoded data, projects like SNAC and perhaps NAFAN actually shut out thousands of small repositories, keeping us and our collections “hidden”. 

What’s the solution?

All’s well with me. Vermont has a positivity rate of less than 1%, having tested about 25% of the general population and 100% of all returning college folks. 

I hope you’re the same. I’m sure the fires in the west worry you, and perhaps they have cost you dearly. If so, I’m sorry. 

The Vermont real estate market is tough on locals, again, as escapees from both the corona virus and the fires have begun to buy properties, sight unseen.  

Finally, one of my nephews teaches computer science at UMd. He’s on the software side, so I passed the job announcement along to him. 

Stay well. 


On Sep 11, 2020, at 10:39 AM, Pitti, Daniel V (dvp4c) <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The University of Virginia Library is seeking qualified applicants for a newly created Programmer / Developer position to support Building the Foundation for a National Finding Aid Network (NAFAN), a two-year research and demonstration project to establish the foundation for a national archival finding aid network.


The California Digital Library (CDL) is the project lead and is working in close collaboration with the University of Virginia Library and OCLC.


Reporting to the Director of Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative (SNAC), the Programmer/ Developer will support the following core project objectives: 1) conduct technical assessments of tools and technology solutions, 2) develop prototype systems to test and demonstrate key network technical functions, and 3) support end-user and contributor research activities.




o   Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, MIS, Computer engineering, or related discipline with one year of experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.


o   Preference will be given to applicants with two or more years of experience


o   Advanced skills associated with software design, modification, implementation, and deployment, including object-oriented programming concepts.


o   Demonstrated ability to understand functional needs, how systems can support those needs, and the ability to develop data conversion and system implementation plans.


o   Knowledge of secure software development and experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums


o   Experience with planning for deployment and creation of feedback mechanisms


o   Demonstrated software repository skills, testing, and test planning skills.


o   Experience with common programming tools and demonstrated ability to follow software specifications.


o   Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.


o   Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


o   Demonstrated ability to learn effectively and meet deadlines



** This is a 2 year restricted position continuation will be dependent on funding and satisfactory performance. **


This position is open to remote work, the individual must reside in the United States.


About the UVA Library: When the University of Virginia was founded in 1819, a library – instead of a chapel – was placed at its center. By today’s standards, this seems common practice. But at a time when universities were structured around the church, this was radical. Today, the University of Virginia’s 12 libraries remain central in its mission to advance human knowledge, educate leaders and cultivate an informed citizenry. Inspired by the collecting policies of the Library of Congress – which emphasizes all subjects are important to leadership of the country – the UVA Library collects, preserves, organizes, and shares materials of all varieties, providing unfettered access to an accumulation of knowledge, two centuries in the making. The Library is the host institution for Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative, as well as Virginia Heritage, the union catalog of archival resources held by repositories throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.




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