Metadata and Online Exhibits

It was during my position as a Graduate student assistant at Loyola’s Congressional Archives where I first came in contact with metadata, and embarrassingly I didn’t realize it until I read this weeks An Introduction to Metadata. One of the projects I was involved with was processing VHS tapes in the Henry Hyde collection. After viewing each VHS, I was tasked with creating themes for the tapes that would be searchable online once available to the public. These categories are metadata, information that aids individuals in gathering the appropriate information they need when searching a website. While this was my first time actually generating metadata, it is something I have come across throughout my academic career. Continue reading “Metadata and Online Exhibits”


Encountering Troubles with PastPerfect

For this week’s blog post I contacted an individual I worked with when I was an intern at The Polish Museum of America, the development coordinator/registrar Kasia Balutowska (she also worked with the archives department). During my time there I assisted in cataloging artifacts into the PastPerfect system as well as in the creation of an exhibit. Both of these tasks showed me the darker side of museum and archival work, specifically the lack of funding and efficient help. The quick conversation I had dealt with the complications I encountered. Continue reading “Encountering Troubles with PastPerfect”

Jewish Women’s Archive Review


The Jewish Women’s Archive is a history website that sets out to elevate Jewish women’s stories, struggles, and achievements throughout history and strives to safeguard a more inclusive future.¹  The JWA is a great example of Cohen and Rosenzweig’s “History Web” because it combines a number of different aspects that they determine are important to history-related websites. While the site focuses on an expansive topic, Jewish Women throughout world history, it is well organized into different sections that help users navigate to a section that is relevant to them. JWA combines archives, exhibits and scholarship, teaching and learning, as well as discussion. Continue reading “Jewish Women’s Archive Review”