Working among a team of Media Librarians, I catalogued thousands of CD-ROMS as a part of the CBC Library + Archives division’s mass digitization initiative. These CDs encompass many different genres, and are in various languages, including English, French, German, Yiddish, and Arabic. Many of the CDs that I catalogued contain Canadian content, which must be catalogued in compliance with specific regulations from the CRTC. After being catalogued, I ripped the music on the CDs to CBC’s servers, and sent them to Library Assistants to be deaccessioned.
This project freed up a lot of space in the archive vault, and enabled CBC content producers to have easier and more comprehensive access to music for their programming. The music and metadata was uploaded to a system which has hundreds of hard drives, internal cooling system, and robotic arms to select the appropriate hard drive when people access information from it. If this sounds familiar, you may have watched the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which the main characters break into a tower filled with hard drives and robotic arms in order to steal plans to a death star. While my work was not quite as harrowing, entertaining listeners across the country and on the web is always rewarding.