It is the end of the day and I am finishing up working on a set of UAA records that came in this month. One of my favorite parts of this collection is ACC’s Adult Literacy Laboratory Project (ALL Project) records. The program began in 1971 and ended in 1982. The collection has curricula/programs developed by the ALL Project. Right now we only have a short portion of the run, but I enjoyed browsing through the variety of fun ways teachers taught subjects that inspired terror in both my high school and adult self. There are fun math games and booklets that breakdown the process of doing one’s taxes. In the archives, we recognize the life cylce of a record is a continuum. Uses cannot simply be divided into linear path from primary use, secondary use, or tertiary use. When it comes to me using them, I’ll definitely get some ‘secondary and tertiary’ use out of these guys. But for me the best way to use these guys right now is ‘primary use.’ Math is nothing to be scared off. Sure, it’s math that steadily eats away at my bank account. But with the power of math, maybe I could make math work for me and eventually reach a nice balance!