Isle Hall Cleanout
My 2016-2017 academic year at Eastern Washington University was a transitional period for the Geography Department. The 40+ year careers of two recently-retired faculty covered a major technological and epistemic change in academic geography. Upon my arrival, the obvious physical legacy of that change was a collection of paper materials that had been accrued over the past half century with minimal organization and limited utility in a new electronic data era.
Coming from a family with a multi-generational habit of disordered collection, and with the support of new departmental administration desiring to optimize the usage of the building space, I took a personal interest (albeit with contradictory feelings) in facilitating the cleanout of the building so the space could better meet the needs of 21st century students.
Next: Memorial Day, 2017