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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?


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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These people are so excited at the thought of new additions to the catalogue, they've planted a tree to commemorate the event (Miniature, f.215, Royal 15 E VI,  Poems and Romances (the 'Talbot Shrewsbury book') France, N. (Rouen); 1444-1445)

These people are so excited at the thought of new additions to the catalogue, they’ve planted a tree to commemorate the event (Miniature, f.215, Royal 15 E VI, Poems and Romances (the ‘Talbot Shrewsbury book’)
France, N. (Rouen); 1444-1445)

Sarah J. Biggs has been blogging about new additions to the Catalogue Illuminated Manuscripts, which started going up on 13 August, almost one week ago. But before you rush off to look at those, I highly recommend Sarah’s excellent introduction to using the digitised illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, through the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts and the fully-digitised manuscripts themselves. Enjoy!

Get Ready to 'Save-As': New Uploads to the Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts – Medieval manuscripts blog.

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A portable shrine in the form of a tabernacle – a painted wooden box, (alabaster, polychrome, gilt, wire, Nottingham, 15th Century – Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, accession number 1.34)

I came up with the idea of building my own virtual museum two weeks ago today. The actual museum opening has had to wait until today because I was mightily conferencing last week. You can find out more about my intentions behind and aims for the Mid-Week Museum from its inaugural post. (more…)

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Having enjoyed bringing a bit more structure to my blog with Medieval Mondays, I decided to pay regular homage to the blog’s name with another regular feature, Victorian Vendredi. (more…)

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Central St Martins Library on the new campus

I began the Bard’s birthday (25 January – I’ve been busy!) wending my way to the wilds beyond St Pancras Station, to the new King’s Cross campus for Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. ARLIS had organised a visit to the Library and Museum. It’s important for librarians to regularly visit other libraries, both in their own particular sectors (in my case art librarianship and academic librarianship) and further afield. The opportunity to see how other librarians manage their spaces and resources and how they develop and maintain their services is an important part of our job. Part of my work in user education involves assessing other libraries as a potential resource for my own students, particularly when it comes to their dissertations. I take pride in being able to give well-informed suggestions in this regard, but these library visits also benefit my professional development. It’s always good to spend time with colleagues, to share experiences and offer or request advice, and just to geek out over all things library, the good and the bad, with like-minded people. (more…)

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Here is an excellent new online resource for the study of palaeography,

InScribe is an online course for the study of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies developed by several of the institutes within the School of Advanced Study (including the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of English Studies), with support from the Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London), Senate House Library (London) and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Devised by Prof Michelle Brown (IES) and Dr Jane Winters (IHR), InScribe aims to support the teaching of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies at a postgraduate level.

At present we are releasing the introductory module which introduces some basic notions about Palaeography and provides an overview of the evolution of script in the medieval period (with particular reference to the English context). Similarly, it gives students the chance to transcribe text from a selection of newly digitised manuscripts from Senate House Library and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Later in the year, new modules…

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A scribe at work, MS Royal 13 B.VIII, f.22, the Gospels of Kildare (Source: British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts)

A scribe at work, MS Royal 13 B.VIII, f.22, the Gospels of Kildare (Source: British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts)

I love that the School of Advanced Studies at the University of London has lectures on every night of the week. I hate that there are so many lectures – each night, not just each week – that I cannot possibly attend all those that catch my eye. Fortunately, several lectures are recorded and subsequently made available online as podcasts. Yet for all that I appreciate listening to the lectures in my own home, the experience of actually attending the lecture is very different. In the case of Dr Henrike Lähnemann (Chair of German Studies at Newcastle University)’s lecture ‘Charms, Proverbs, Recipes: Traces of Orality in a 12th-Century Swiss Manuscript’, arranged by the Institute of German and Romance Studies, the most immediately striking difference was the sherry provided for our refreshment. (more…)

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