Digital Observations

While sitting in our first Practicum meeting, I started contemplating about how much of my internship at Condé Nast is digital.  Whether it was intentional or not, I realized that my Practicum experience this summer was entirely digitally based.  For four days a week, six hours each session, I sat in a cubicle, facing both a Mac and PC monitor, interpreting and manipulating digital copies of Vogue issues and photographs.  I started connecting these thoughts with how my original intentions for becoming a librarian have evolved with my new-found interest in digital technology.  Five of my six main projects—as explained in my Nature of Work—were solely accomplished without looking through one physical copy of Vogue magazine.  I gained practical and concealed knowledge of metadata, internet coding languages, databases, text and data-mining software, semantic web, and Photoshop, among other skills. 

Currently, Vogue is first produced digitally, and then published in print form.  The Condé Nast Archive’s primary goals are thus concentrated with organizing this data for both company and viewer use.  With the contemporary user predominately accessing this data via the Internet, the Archive is responsible for these documents’ conversions to XML formats and management of data.  Their efforts enable users to search through the magazines’ images with keywords and tags.  Archivists, working with both physical and digital data, have a desire to meet society expectations, and therefore accelerate former technologies by attempting to organize and digitally manipulate older versions of their works.  Publishing Archives, like Condé Nast, are significant in their fields with their role of digital technology in corporate libraries.  I am thankful that my summer experience exposed me to this advancing branch of librarianship.  

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