– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

monthly report: May 2013

A few crunchy numbers about St Cross business/busyness last month:

  • Number of remote enquiries (emails, letters): 72
  • Number of individual researchers in person: 14
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 23
  • Collections consulted: TH Green papers, Chalet papers, Jowett Papers (3), Nicolson diaries (2), RM Hare papers, medieval MSS (3), Morier Family papers, Leigh-Cooke papers, TH Green papers, David Urquhart papers, Mallet papers
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 85 (Saturday At Home, Unlocking Archives, Nevil Shute Society meeting, Early Modern MS Culture group)
  • no of blog hits related to archival paper clips: 9, including one for ‘archival treasury tags’ – noooo! treasury tags can help to keep papers together, which in itself is often a good thing, but they are not ‘archival’ and researchers attempting to negotiate files held together by treasury tags very often end up causing damage.
  • blog posts: 9; blog views: 780 (cf 413 in May 2012, 183 in May 2011)
  • images posted on Flickr: 96
  • talks & tours, displays: Balliol At Home event, Unlocking Archives Mallory display, early modern MSS display, 1st editions & admissions correspondence re Nevil Shute
  • new – my month on Twitter (idea borrowed from @Ajprescott)
    • numbers of tweets (including substantive replies in conversations) 24
    • mentions, retweets & favourites (ie my posts retweeted or favourite, not counting replies in conversations) 22
    • new followers 37

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