– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

Day journal Friday 5 April 2013

Checked emails before leaving home – no readers today. A day to do all the things I can’t do while invigilating! Tidying and digitisation especially.

10.00 arrive. Answer emails.

10.50 leave for meeting elsewhere

12.30 finish. No point going back to St Cross – only a few minutes until lunch!

1.30 return to St Cross, answer emails.

2.15 Photography: I’ve been stalled (by the schedule) 60 folios from the end of this medieval manuscript all week. It needs finishing. (That’s one of the things I like best about digitising – clear visible results!) Bet I can do it in under 2 hours – time to put on iplayer radio and click away.

3.10 20 folios done (that’s 124 images) – hmm maybe 2 hours is overambitious… A modern books reader is on his way over & will want a chapter of a modern book scanned. [20 min or so interruption to scan and send required pages]

4.30 another 20 ff done and on their way into the ether.

17.50 478 photographs taken, processed and uploading. MS 210 is done!

18.30 all uploaded. Going home. Have a good weekend.

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