Category Archives: Cataloguing

Of ‘Guns at Bull Run’ and ‘Good wives’ : children’s worlds in the past

My favourite book, when I was little, was my mother’s illustrated description of Technological masterpieces of millennia past. My father would buy us whole series of colourful children’s books on animals in habitats all around the world. All my childhood, I … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing, History of Education | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More than just a number: bringing the content of Circulars to the surface

I would fully understand if you thought that it’s nigh-on impossible to be enthusiastic about Departmental Circulars; however I’m hoping that that by the end of this post you might share some of the excitement that I feel following the … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing, IOE Library Search, Library and Archives, Official Publications, Special Collections | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Where to find the Eskimos

Well, the Eskimos live in the Arctic… but how do you find books and films about them in your library and online? Some librarian has to put the word in the right place for you so that it pops up … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing, Library and Archives, Special Collections | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Play is good for children, tell us something new

Anyone who is subject to enjoys a spot of BBC 5 live radio on a Sunday morning will be familiar with the concept of “not news”, a slot where Al Murray and guests discuss a news story which is effectively not … Continue reading

Posted in Archives, Cataloguing, Library and Archives | Tagged | Leave a comment

A studious skeleton

Have you ever asked yourself if there were pop-up books or jigsaw maps in former times? Or what kind of guides governesses and Sunday school teachers might have had to hand? Some answers can be found in an auction catalogue … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

On slaveholder societies

You might question whether the country I grew up in still exists: the old Federal Republic of Germany. What has certainly gone is the country a few miles further east: a State socialist experiment known as the Democratic Republic of … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New books on women in old times

Have you ever heard of Hannah Woolley, who in the 17th century kept a school at age fourteen and later lived on writing about domestic science? Or of Elizabeth Elstob, who in the 18th century was one of the foremost … Continue reading

Posted in Cataloguing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment