Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Wall is Up!

The wall for our Computer & Video Game Archive room was installed yesterday afternoon. Here are a few pictures:

Exterior view (from the hallway):

Computer & Video Game Archive - Exterior view

Computer & Video Game Archive - Exterior view

Interior view (looking out towards the hallway):

Computer & Video Game Archive - Interior view

Computer & Video Game Archive - Interior view

So now we are waiting for the door to be keyed (should happen this week), and for the equipment we've requested to be ordered to arrive. Then we'll be ready to open.

More Donation Photos

Here are a few more pictures of items we've had donated to the game archive over the past few weeks:

Nintendo Entertainment System:
Nintendo Entertainment System

SEGA Genesis:
SEGA Genesis

SEGA Master System:
SEGA Master System

SEGA Games:
SEGA Games

TRS-80 Color Computer Game Cartridges:
TRS-80 Color Computer Game Cartridges

Friday, August 22, 2008


A couple of days ago we received the first batch of new games that have made their way through acquisitions -> cataloging -> labelling. Here they are:

1st Batch of New Games

We received another large tote full of games today, so there's plenty more to come.

I've started an RSS feed for the video games that arrive; you can subscribe at http://www.lib.umich.edu/aael/feeds/aaelgames.xml

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Space Update

Sorry it's been so long between updates. But things have been happening with new archive. The space is coming along nicely. Last week the wiring was completed and the furniture assembled. Here are some pictures:





We're now waiting on the last piece of the puzzle: the wall! It was supposed to have been installed today, but we got word this morning that it's been delayed until Monday. Then we'll be able to get the chairs moved in (chairs have arrived and are sitting in storage).

Friday, August 1, 2008

Progress Update Too

Very busy this past week:
  • Ordered lots of stuff: games, consoles, displays, controllers, etc. Should start arriving in the next week or two.
  • Fielded questions from folks in cataloging and acquisitions. We're doing lots of things that fall outside the normal work flow so many decisions have to be made. Our people in tech services are good at keeping the lines of communication open, and dealing with my sometimes bizarre requests.
  • Hired the staff position to manage the day-to-day operations of the archive. She starts in two weeks.
I expect things to really start to pick up in a couple of weeks, once the renovation work gets done on the room (and the wall goes up!) and the equipment starts to arrive and the games make their way back from cataloging and labeling and we can finally start putting things together.

Oh hey, the first games have started showing up in our catalog: go to Mirlyn and do a command search on:
( WSU= computer games OR WSU= video games ) and WSL= AAEL and WCO= GAME