Henry Irving floats in from Sheep City. He's had another makeover and looks like the repertory edition of Raskalnikov.
"We're having a new feature display in local studies. We're going back to the seventies."
He's currently having to act as go-between with the Museum Service, something he's enjoying immensely (he has my sympathy, I got that t-shirt about a decade ago).
"I know you think that librarians are precious about being 'professional' but they're not a patch on some of the people in the Museum Service who keep telling me that they're professionals."
"Oh yes... Are they looking down on you because you've not got a Museums Diploma?"
"If I suggest anything they say I don't know anything about it and then about two months later, when it's too late to make a difference they'll pipe up with the same idea. And they're so bloody cavalier!"
"How's it going with the new software?"
"It's being installed this week and we're training on it the week after next. I want to copy the local studies digital files over to the new database but I'm not sure... Tell me, am I being paranoid? Ideally I'd want to put all the high-definition pictures on there but I'm scared of what the museum people would do with them."
"Don't they understand the concept of digital rights management?"
"What do you think?"
"I'd just let them have access to the thumbnails."
Thinking on, I think I'd degrade the thumbnails before letting the museum folk near them.