MARC Records MARC records are the keys to the castle. They represent access to vast swaths of human knowledge and understanding and they give us the ability to sort, search and classify this knowledge in useful ways. And yet, approaching the records directly feels like approaching the Library of Alexandria without knowing how to read: I spent this week trying to understand how to make a “machine readable” record into something a bit more approachable for humans.
Joe, age 11, picking morel mushrooms A young boy in a sporty blue and white jacket and baseball cap looks directly at the camera. He holds out his right hand to show a morel mushroom he has picked. His expression is honest and unposed and shows a hint of a smile. This photo appears as part of the Coal River Folklife Collection - a collection of photos, audio recordings, and other media, which sought to record, ‘traditional uses of the mountains in the Big Coal River Valley of southern West Virginia, and explored the cultural dimensions of ecological crisis from 1992 to 1999.