It’s been a busy start to the year. Between new migrations and enhancing CatalogIt with new functionality to provide the best possible product, we have been working non stop! That is why we are pleased to announce that we have hired new staff to help with communications, client support, and programming. The next time you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, you may meet someone new!
There have been many enhancements made to CatalogIt recently- some you may notice immediately and some that are more behind the scenes. We’ve added the ability to create Private Folders- these are Folders only visible to the user that created them (the Entries are still visible to other users in the Account). The Private Folders can be handy for projects you are working on without cluttering up the list of Folders for other users. To make a Folder private, just click the toggle switch under “Visibility” when creating or editing a folder.
We’ve all been there - we have a lot to do in a short period of time. You may need to catalog a collection of vintage travel postcards for a project you are working on. Gathering all the information can be time consuming but there are few tricks that can get you started.
First off, use your smartphone. Take a few photos of the postcard - the front, back, close ups of text. You can include as many media files as you like. Include a ruler in the photograph of each postcard so you can update the dimensions fields later. Be sure you use the correct classification - “postcard” - and assign each one a number.
You can catalog new records directly into a Folder named something like “travel postcards.” Remember everything cataloged into a Folder will also be included in “All Entries” so you can delete the folder when you are done with this project and still have access to all the completed records.
Be sure to include a current location in your record - knowing how to find something later is key. Now you are in business. Between all the photos you have uploaded, including the ruler, and quickly completing a couple of key fields, you have all the information you need to fully catalog your postcard later when you have time. Having those photos handy will really help if you want to do some research on your computer later. Our December newsletter outlined how to use “tags” - this is a perfect use for them! Tag with labels “need more cataloging” or “require more research.” Just remove the tag when your record is complete.
CatalogIt is proud to be a member of the California Association of Museums (CAM) and we’ll once again have a booth at the CAM Annual Conference! This year’s conference will be held March 4-6 at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. As always, CAM has an outstanding program scheduled. If you are planning to be there, please stop by and say hello!
A visit to the Heritage Park Museum in the City of Terrace, British Columbia, is a step back into the first decade or two of the last century. The park incorporates eight authentic log structures including a hotel, dance hall, barn, homestead and several cabins built between around 1910 and 1930 and provides an insightful look into what life was like in what was then a remote part of the Pacific Northwest. Spend a day strolling the grounds, absorbing the history of the region, enjoying the Heritage Garden, and learning about the Terrace Mutiny of 1944!
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