I think we’ve all been there. A print finishes, the delighted patron/maker scampers away with a project, fresh off the print plate. You go to start the next print and low and behold, the raft is still stuck to the plate. The plate is no spring chicken, it has divots and chunks out of it, maybe a little scratched up from some intense gouging. Anyway, each one of those gouges is a great little foothold for your raft. Every print or so I like to wipe down the plate with some surface cleaning wipes and dry the whole thing off with a lint free cloth. I generally leave the little pieces of plastic that fills in the gouges because trying to dig them out makes the holes bigger. I always recommend using a raft when printing because that way the bottom of the print is saved from the irregularities of the plate.
What a day, I finally got an intern to help me with the item level survey of the Tape Archive. This means it is real. We spent the morning reading tape numbers and dates into a database. I see some changes that will have to be made to the database because up til now, it is meant to be the unquestioned record, the reality is, it is a mess down there and I need some way of tracking items that have no record, have improper information or just plain don’t exist anymore.
Right now all I have is a dumpy Access database that is old and wrong, but I can add some forms and queries so that I can find entries and alter them to reflect what really is in the vault.