Since getting back, I've been fervently digging into old records. I have questions submitted to two archives, one here in DC and another overseas. I am on the trail to finding the original photographs behind the pictures that I found in those old newspapers at LOC. Also, I am hunting to find out about the lookouts of the Oceanic. I'm trying to figure out if Quartermaster Perkis was ever a lookout on that ship. I also compiled a list of the known boat assignments for the deck department of the Titanic. I found about 25 of them mentioned by the survivors, which was more than I expected. However, I wasn't able to identify any particular pattern that would enable me to determine the assignments for the remaining 40 or 50 deck crewmen. I thought for sure that they would have been assigned by some simple method - alphabetical, order in which they signed on, by watch, etc. I didn't find anything like that.
Work is going well and has also been busy these days. I spent this morning writing up documentation from a pilot study that we just completed. I also scheduled a training meeting for a large group of employees next month. I delivered a presentation at the Law Library yesterday and today we had a conference call to discuss ways to manage user feedback on one area of our site. Tomorrow I'll tune into a webinar on a new software suite for gathering user feedback. As a good web user at home, I submitted feedback to the Liverpool Records Office when their website asked me to participate in a survey. I had to admit that I was a little confused at first, but did find what I was looking for. I was disappointed when it was not available in digital form, but being a librarian, I should know better.
That's news in a nutshell.