About Alisa

Portrait of Alisa Beer wearing glasses and a necklaceAlisa is a Ph.D. student at Fordham University in the History Department.  Her dissertation examines the management of late medieval English institutional libraries – not looking at which books or texts the libraries contained, but instead examining how the books were acquired, preserved, made available to the community, and (occasionally) de-accessioned. It is based on an Access database that draws on historical, literary, and bibliographic information to track “book events” in religious institutions that owned libraries in England between 1284 and 1537.

Alisa completed her MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham University in 2013: her MA thesis, completed with Dr. Wolfgang Mueller, was “Guido de Monte Rocherii’s ‘Manipulus Curatorum’: the Dissemination of a Manual for Parish Priests in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.”

Alisa has taught freshman history lectures and seminars on medieval European history and modern European history at Fordham University. She has also taught rare books sessions for medieval history classes at the Fordham University Rare Books Department.

As an intern at the Columbia University RBML in the spring semester of 2017, Alisa organized a Digital Manuscripts Workshop to create a digital edition of  Plimpton Add. MS 04, one of the Middle English versions of the Fifteen Oes of St. Bridget

Before coming to Fordham, Alisa completed an M.L.S. at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she focused on rare books and special collections librarianship and worked at the Lilly Library.  Prior to attending library school, she worked as a catalog assistant for the Beinecke Library from 2007-2009.  She graduated from Yale University with a BA in History in 2007.

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