Below are notes that may be in the form of FAQs, Bibliographical references, or frequently used links. The idea is both to have an up-datable FAQ list and bibliography, and a place to store definitions to terms I use frequently in the regular blog page so I may link to it and not have to repeatedly type the entire text. I will endeavor to keep the FAQs in a more or less alphabetical order.


What is an “other-side-of-the-desker?”

I am one.In the various institutions where I have worked, consulted, researched or studied, the historians or history professionals may be teachers, librarians, curators, authors, docents, archivists, conservationists, etc. The people on the other side of the desk, literally or metaphorically, are called students, patrons, readers, visitors, users, researchers, activists or, (occasionally,) clients. To me, the distinctions are not particularly useful when dealing with many issues of the field (and becoming blurred to the extent that they have been valid,) and the most valid distinctions I would prefer to put in terms of producers and consumers. This is way too capitalist for many in the profession, as I discovered in grad school, so I choose to specify which side of the desk the person is on. In most cases, I find that all true major stakeholders fit on one side of the other.


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