I know that it sounds like such a cliche, but as I think back on this past Saturday, everything fell into place quite quickly and smoothly as we began to sort out the design and display elements of the archive. With our collection fairly well populated, team members sorted themselves out, applying their unique skills to work on mapping the navigation and creating an esthetically pleasing design (Kyle), working on the back end of the MySQL database (Arianna), adding an image lightbox (Molly), training team members on the inner workings of the wiki (Frank) and the important task of adding content to the wiki (Kristie and Jamie).
In the coming week as our class deadline approaches, I anticipate seeing many elements fall into place quickly while experience tells me others will give us headaches (think Job Title vs. Occupation discussion). Interesting how it is easy to get hung up on certain decisions while others seem crystal clear.
This past week, whether it was listening to discussions about DC elements or watching problems with the database be resolved, I was continually impressed at the extent to which everyone ‘owns’ the knowledge base we have amassed over the past four weeks. Instead of memorizing DC Element schemas, you have the knowledge to make thoughtful decisions about what to include and why. You’re able to think through a problem, weigh the options, and reach a best practices decision based on the unique situation presented. You understand the scaffold upon which your collection will be arranged. And because you haven’t memorized situations but have come to own the knowledge needed to make decisions, I think you are demonstrating the confidence that you will be able to adapt to the rapidly changing situations that arise in most work environments.