One of the things that struck me about MAC is that there were so many questions in all of the electronic records and EAD sessions that I attended. Archivists had diverse questions and offered interesting examples from their own experiences. People seemed like they were on a mission to deal with ERs. I hope this is true. Clearly all of us are facing many ER issues, we all want to learn more, and we all have staff, financial or electronic limitations to deal with as well. There is also a steep learning curve for this media which is almost constantly changing. I recently mentioned that a hard drive arrived in my office from the U. Theatre dept. Well, we tried to copy it and found out it was corrupted. These files were from probably the 1990s forward. Now we are waiting to see what the donor wants. Turns out they used a MAC. We don't have a MAC in the Clarke. I don't know if there is one in the entire library. All of this will affect what happens. ERs are certainly more complicated than paper. I've had dirty, stinky, moldy, brittle, and ripped papers donated to the Clarke. I've had them with dead mice, birds, and bird poop on them, but I've never had one that's been corrupted. More on this when we have a plan of action.
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