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…

Emily Dickinson, or the Rivalry of Harvard and Amherst

Controversy exists everywhere.  This week, a generations-old battle between Harvard University and Amherst College spilled into the public’s view, all surrounding the launch of the Emily Dickinson Archives. The Emily Dickinson Archives (EDA), launched by Harvard University this past week, purportedly “seeks to make available in one virtual place those resources that seem central to the…

The Internet: A Modern Scroll for Users of the Codex

Modern audiences, for the most part, have no experience using physical scrolls.  Today’s literature is printed in codices, which people more commonly call a “book.”  Bringing together signatures, or groupings, of printed sheets, codices gradually replaced scrolls after their introduction by the Romans.  There are only a few examples of modern scrolls, including the original…