Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Research Assistant Alina Moody Scans Picture Negatives from Former On-Campus Newspaper Broadside

My name is Alina Moody and I’m a senior Creative Writing major with a Multimedia minor working with Special Collections and Archives in Fenwick. I am working on the Broadside project, in which we scan in picture negatives taken by members of the old on-campus newspaper, Broadside. I actually began working on this project last year and became invested in it.

Since I first began working on this project, I have gained a lot of knowledge in keeping metadata, working with excel spreadsheets (which is always a useful skill), using Adobe photoshop, and working with scanners. As I am working toward a Multimedia minor, gaining skills with scanners—both regular skills and troubleshooting any problems—is quite helpful. I also hope to work with a publishing company one day, possibly a magazine, where I will need some sort of experience with all of these programs. I’m gaining a large base knowledge in programs that I will probably need no matter what I end up doing.

Every week, I work at my station flipping through pages of old 35mm picture negatives and scan them in on an Epson printer. As I scan, I look for any minor flaws that I can correct using photoshop and log in a detailed description of every frame to be used later in the project. Right now, we’re working on our last two boxes of picture negatives. Since I began work, I’ve scanned in pictures spanning the years 1998-2000.