I work with special collections libraries
and teachers to strengthen what they do.

Interested in building your repertoire of classroom exercises?
Want to encourage more use of your collections?
Thinking about how to use digital and material approaches hand-in-hand?

Scroll down for examples of some of my own projects and my guiding philosophy
or click below for more about me and how we can work together.

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Early Printed Books

A website for teachers and students showing examples and explanations of printed features of early books and providing pedagogical and research resources, designed both to work as a stand-alone site and as a supplement to my book, Studying Early Printed Books 1450-1800: A Practical Guide

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A compendium of resources

Free resources for working with early printed book history, including a list of open-access early modern digital collections, a catalog of digitized First Folios, and a collection of sites for studying early modern English book history, and more

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Wynken de Worde

An award-winning blog about reading, early modern books, and digital tools; I don't blog as regularly as I used to, but you can sign up for my newsletter, Early Printed Fun, for similar content

My core beliefs as a teacher, researcher, and librarian

  • Open access

    We are custodians of the past and that past cannot be locked away behind paywalls, unecessary credentials, or mystifying language. We must always be aware of preservation needs, but always in conversation with access.

  • Welcoming places

    We need to actively welcome everyone into the world of rare materials, reaching out to communities that have been excluded in the past and providing the tools to work with what we offer.

  • Material artifacts

    The items we hold in our collections are material artifacts and the meanings they make are shaped by their physical forms. We need to offer spaces to study those objects in person and to create classes and tools to learn what those physical forms can mean.

  • Digital collections

    Digitizing items in our collections is an alternative way of accessing and studying those items. With careful imaging and robust metadata, digitization offers new perspectives and greater access to and reuse of our resources.

Work with me

I'm available for hire as a project consultant, to lead workshops, or to deliver lectures.