Monday, October 22, 2012
Tracking Digital Images While Making Them
Note-taking is important when at the library, but most people simply don't do it. I include myself in that list to be perfectly honest. For some reason, I didn't give each file a name that indicated what was on the file. I should have and normally do. This time I simply used the numbers that were generated as I made each image.
I made 54 images from the deed books when at the library. This image is my chicken-scratch sheet I used when making my copies. I was interested in deeds for two indivduals: Thomas Sledd and James Tinsley. My notes included each deed book and page where that indivdual's deed was referenced. Then, as I made digital copies of the microfilm, I wrote down the image numbers. This helped me keep track of what deeds I had copied and told me what page(s) were on what image. This was a slight variation from my usual approach to making digital images where I used the file name to include specific details. I'm not certain why I didn't use that approach--perhaps because I had so many items to copy and time was running short.
This sheet of notes is just as important as my images. I scanned it and put it in the folder that contained all the images (titling it "coversheet"):
The one thing I wish I had done on this "coversheet" is put the FHL film numbers or specific title of the books. But, there is sufficient detail here to allow me to create a complete citation when sourcing these documents.
Posted by Michael John Neill at 7:42 AM