Rare Medieval Name Tags

Originally posted on medievalbooks:
A word of warning: this post may make you want to weep. Last week I blogged about tiny pieces of parchment, paper birch bark, and wood that were filled with short messages from individuals in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (check out Texting in Medieval Times). The snippets – from a soldier’s request for more beer to a duke’s shopping…

Amidst the Spires

Hello Wonderful Readers! For this upcoming year, I will be posting less on ArchivesMouse, and spending more time blogging on my personal/student blog, Amidst the Spires.  I hope you enjoy AtS as much as you do A|M!

Modern Folk Lore and Cultural Revelations

Of the many older books on my dorm room bookshelf (including some older texts and local histories), one always seems to catch the eye of my visitors.  Bound in a hard blue cover, Tom Burnam’s 1975 book The Dictionary of Misinformation debunks many of the myths and legends surrounding famous proverbs and sayings.  From the meaning of “assault and…

ArchivesMouse Participates in Crowdsourcing Discussion

A little while back, I posted about the potential value social media has for repositories as a crowdsourcing tool, which could help them locate more information and clarify existing theories.  A few days ago, I participated in one such example of social media crowdsourcing. Accessible Archives, a company that creates and maintains primary source databases,…

New and Old Words: Pick Your Poison

One of the bloggers I follow, Melissa Mannon of ArchivesInfo, recently posted about the titles used for professionals within the LIS community.  Her point was that traditional terms such as “librarian” or “archivist” generally evoke responses commenting on the diminishing importance of analog records.  As a result, the ever-increasing role of computers, digital technologies, and the…