Have you ever considered dropping a few Easter eggs into your collections database? Of course you haven’t. Collections databases are sacred, serious places. There’s no room for trifles.
But it was not always so. For example, in 1798 Charles Willson Peale and Nicholas Collin cataloged the American Philosophical Society’s library collection. In between the numbering and the recording Peale drew these caricatures of Collin in the catalog book:
If you had the opportunity, what whimsy would you add to your collections database? Something funny? Something sentimental? Something pointed? Would you leave it anonymous or would you sign it? Would you want to forget it was there and then experience the joy of rediscovery or would you simply leave it for your successor(s) to stumble upon?
Or is your database off-limits for such playful purposes? And if it is, why?
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