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  • 1. John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology Smithsonian Institution Libraries Summer Fieldwork 2005 in completion of the degree Master of Information Science University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • 2. The Anthropology Library Tucked away on the 6th floor of the National Museum of Natural History, the John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology is one of twenty Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Mission: To support the research, publication, exhibitions, and public programming of the department and other museums and offices within the Smithsonian.
  • 3. The Anthropology Library Collection Named after John Wesley Powell, the Bureau of the American Indian (BAE) founder and first director, who is also famous for his early exploration of the Colorado River region. The collection largely reflects the merger between the BAE and the divisional collections of the Anthropology Department in 1965. Approximately 80,000 print volumes, including over 400 serial titles, numerous microforms, smaller collections of CD- ROMs, audio cassettes, and slides as well as electronic links to other information sources. Maggie Dittemore Branch Librarian The library includes research material from the four sub- disciplines that traditionally define American anthropology physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistics as well as some related disciplines, such as folklore, biomedicine, forensic science and a number of area studies.
  • 4. Smithsonian Institution Libraries Newsletter
  • 5. Fieldwork Experience Resolved In-Transit Items We had a list of items marked in-transit in the computer system, some since 1995. By manipulating our Horizon Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix), shelf checking, and collaborating with other libraries, Carmen and I found the majority of these items. Answered Reference Questions Carmen Eyzaguirre Used available resources to ascertain necessary information for Library Technician patrons. Most involved searching anthropology-specific, historical newspaper, or original Smithsonian created databases. Collaborated on Salvage Priorities List Jim and I considered the uniqueness, inherent worth, and usefulness of items in the collection to compile a prioritized list of items to save/salvage in case of emergency/damage. Reviewed Website Materials Reviewed general design and organization of website for submission to webmaster. Created original documents for website as well as proofread and re-organized existing ones Jim Haug (introductions, pathfinders, etc.). Reference Librarian
  • 6. Fieldwork Experience Project: Guide to Finding Resources
  • 7. Fieldwork Experience Project: Sale &Barter Books List Most of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries have not had any acquisitions budget in over 3 years. To get the resources we need, we pulled the duplicate and unnecessary items in the collection to barter or sell. We needed a list of these materials in order to inform, market and create revenue. I downloaded a 30 day trial of EndNote Software. Connecting to the Library of Congress Online catalog, I directly imported bibliographic information for each item and manipulated bibliographic output to create an easy to read list of books for barter and sale.
  • 8. Fieldwork Experience Project: Salvage Priorities List
  • 9. Fieldwork Experience Project: Kennewick Man Tom McClelland The Background (right) shows the The Kennewick Man or skull casting of Ancient One is a 9,000 year Kennewick Man old skeleton found in Kennewick, used to recreate the facial Washington in 1996. features. The skeleton was seized by the Army Corps of Engineers, Doug Owsley (below) department who announced they would head of Physical Anthropology - immediately repatriate to was a key scientist on the case. American Indians. Eight Scientists sued the American government and associated tribes, winning the right to study the bones before repatriation in 2002.
  • 10. Fieldwork Experience Project: Kennewick Man Resources Lauren Sieg (right)- Repatriation Specialist at the National Park Service - volunteered to find and compile materials surrounding the Kennewick Man case for patrons. The physical materials and bibliographic information required organization. Using EndNote Software and binders, I organized the materials and monographs chronologically by natural groupings: Law & Policy, Popular Media and Scholarly Resources. The bibliography would be published on the website; the organized materials available in the Anthropology Library for patrons.
  • 11. Politics in the City A Bureaucratic Event! (left) Lines. More lines. And badge administrators who take generous lunches and go home at 4:30 (never, ever 4:31). A Scandal! (right, below) Negative media outbreak inspired an emergency meeting of the Anthropology Department with the Director of the Natural History Museum A Controversy! Senate hearing on controversial, proposed amendment to the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
  • 12. A Beautiful Summer in Washington DC ... Thank You!