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The Victorian Librarian:

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Medieval Feminist Wikipedia Write-in event at Kalamazoo, here’s an interesting post from the Hack Library School blog on librarians using, and actively editing, Wikipedia. My becoming a Wikibrarian is looking more and more likely by the day. Who’s with me?

Originally posted on Hack Library School:

Are you a Wikibrarian? I recently became one—a librarian who edits Wikipedia  (“the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit”)—and I have found the experience rewarding in the extreme. I have even stumbled into a role as an embedded consultant, helping faculty teach undergrads how to write Wikipedia articles on gender history , on which improvements are urgently needed . So what are the benefits to becoming a Wikibrarian while in library school?

Wikipedia is legit

My role as a Wikibrarian is possible because Wikipedia has become increasingly “legit” among the more open-minded educators and information professionals. Wikipedia’s rigor and quality have come a long way from Steve Carell’s classic deadpan in The Office a few years ago. Now Harvard University’s rare books library is recruiting a Wikipedian in Residence! Best uses of Wikipedia are to find background information, bibliographies, topic ideas, quick facts, and keywords. Selective editing, conflict of interest, copied and pasted text, and other…

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Christine de Pizan, in her study at the beginning of the ‘Cent balades’. From her book of “Various works” (also known as ‘The Book of the Queen’), Harley 4431, c.1410-c.1414, France. (Copyright: British Library.)

This post is partly to publicise and partly copied from the wonderful In the Medieval Middle blog, which I can’t recommend highly enough. Some of my favourite medievalists, most notably Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (Professor of English and the Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) at the George Washington University in Washington).

Delegates attending the upcoming International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, known as Kalamazoo (where the University can be found), from 8-11 May, will have the opportunity to take part in a “Wikipedia Write-in”. The particular focus of this Wikipedia exercise, organised by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, is a Medieval Feminist Wikipedia Write-in. Continue Reading »

Thus are the Vikings described by an Irish monk in the 800s, in a short marginal poem in the St Gall Priscian, where he expresses his relief at the stormy seas keeping the long ships at home in Denmark:

The wind is fierce tonight / it tosses the sea’s white mane/ I do not fear the coursing of a quiet sea/ by the fierce warriors of Lochlann.

Is acher in gaíth innocht,
fu·fúasna fairggae findḟolt:
ni·ágor réimm mora minn
dond láechraid lainn úa Lothlind.

(Priscian’s Institutiones Grammaticae known as ‘The St. Gall Priscian, St Gall Stiftsbibliothek MS 904)

Viking shipI went to the British Museum’s Vikings : life and legend exhbition very early last Sunday; the Saharan storms were yet to hit London, so I was confident that the marauders so feared by the anonymous monk would be present. In addition to a lifelong fascination with the Vikings, and with their mythology in particular, I was really looking forward to seeing this exhibition in the new wing of the British Museum. Continue Reading »

Effie GrayYesterday morning, after waiting for what feels like centuries, I attended a preview screening of Effie Gray, at the Barbican Centre. The screening was the first part of a day-long symposium, Effie Gray: innocence, betrayal, and the strivings of the soul, with the film’s producer Donald Rosenfeld and co-producer Andreas Roald in attendance. The symposium took the form of four papers on the psychological themes of the film. More information on the papers and speakers is available here.
But we were only there to see the film. Continue Reading »

Marie Antoinette Banner

Have you heard the one about the hairdresser who died twice? No? Mesdames, monsieurs, may I introduce Léonard Autié? Hairdresser to Queen Marie Antoinette, and so much more. As the new year began, I was provided with a free e-copy of a book all about M. Autié’s very dramatic life, by the author, via France Book Tours, in exchange for an honest review. Will Bashor published the non-fiction work Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution on 16 October 2013, the 220th anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution by guillotine. Continue Reading »

The cover of “Marie-Antoinette’s Head” by Will Bashor (image via France Book Tours)

Tomorrow begins the virtual book tour of Will Bashor’s Marie-Antoinette’s head : the royal hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution (Lyons Press, 2013). The book was published on 16 October 2013, the 220th anniversary of Marie-Antoinette’s execution by the National Razor. Continue Reading »

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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