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== Position description ==
 
== Position description ==
  
The Seiler Resident will work hands-on with rare materials in the collection while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus will be on rare materials cataloging, but the Seiler Resident will also work directly with curators, public services, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. We hope that this person will be inspired to learn new things, discover true passions, and make meaningful contributions to scholars and as-yet-unknown audiences, within a rich and supportive environment.  
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The Seiler Resident works hands-on with rare materials in the collection while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus is on rare materials cataloging, but the Seiler Resident also works directly with curators, researcher services, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. We hope that this person will be inspired to learn new things, discover true passions, and make meaningful contributions to scholars and as-yet-unknown audiences, within a rich and supportive environment.  
  
The Seiler Resident will be an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in departmental meetings, joining the Saturday Reading Room rotation (working at the Reading Room service desk on a Saturday approximately once every five or six weeks), attending talks, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience.
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The Seiler Resident is an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in departmental meetings, joining the Saturday Reading Room rotation (working at the Reading Room service desk on a Saturday approximately once every five or six weeks), attending talks, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience.
  
 
==Application procedure==
 
==Application procedure==
The application deadline for 2017/18 was July 15, 2017. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master's degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program [http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory accredited by the American Library Association].
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Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master's degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program [http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory accredited by the American Library Association]. The application deadline for the 2018/19 Residency was July 15, 2018.
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Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master's degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program [http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/directory accredited by the American Library Association]. The application '''deadline is July 15, 2018.'''
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==Potential projects==
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* Developing and testing an updated manual for manuscripts cataloging at the Folger (continuing the work in progress begun by the 2017/18 Seiler Resident in collaboration with Deborah J. Leslie, and Drs. Erin Blake and Heather Wolfe).
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* Cataloging manuscripts from the 17th and 18th centuries at the item level
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* Taking ''Introduction to English Paleography'', a week-long skills course taught by Dr. Heather Wolfe, the Folger’s Curator of Manuscripts, that will provide an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the 16th- and 17th-centuries;
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* Curating a “pop-up” exhibition for staff, researchers, and visitors that will be documented in Folgerpedia
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* Assisting curators and conservators with mounting “Before Farm to Table” an exhibition on the culture of early modern foodways (in connection with a Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research). Exhibition opens in January 2019, and is curated by Drs. Heather Wolfe and Amanda Herbert.
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* Creating a new Finding Aid for a specific manuscript collection, which will add a comprehensive overview of a unique Folger Library collection to our resources and will include progressively detailed descriptions of the collection’s component parts;
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* Continuing work on the [[Uncataloged Wings project]], a special project to bring records into Hamnet, the Folger’s publicly available online catalog, of previously uncataloged Wing collection holdings (books published in England between 1641 and 1700). This is an ongoing project begun by the first Seiler Resident, Anna Loewenthal, and continued by the second Seiler Resident, Brittney Washington. As such, it forms a direct link between past and present Seiler residents
  
 
== Key personnel ==
 
== Key personnel ==
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Key personnel for the 2018/19 residency:
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* Julie Swierczek, Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging (supervisor)
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* Erin Blake, Senior Cataloger
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* Deborah J. Leslie, Senior Cataloger
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* Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts
  
* '''Erin Blake''', Head of Collection Information Services, will direct the residency, ensuring the Seiler Resident's development of and advancement toward focused career goals. In her seventeen years in various departments at the Folger, Erin has gained a thorough understanding of the wide range of activities and opportunities within the library and the world of rare materials.
 
*'''Caroline Duroselle-Melish''', Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints 
 
*'''Deborah J. Leslie''', Senior Cataloger, will be the Seiler Resident's primary mentor in rare materials cataloging. Deborah is a sought-after teacher of Rare Book Cataloging with eighteen years of in-depth experience with the Folger collection and a large network of professional contacts. 
 
*'''Heather Wolfe''', Curator of Manuscripts
 
 
== Potential projects  ==
 
 
===Exhibitions===
 
Assisting the Curator of Early Modern Books and Prints with an exhibition on illustrated books, and curating a satellite exhibition for the Tea Room case.
 
 
===Finding Aids===
 
Creating a finding aid for a manuscript collection.
 
 
=== Folio Fragments ===
 
 
The 82 First Folios in the Folger collection have been thoroughly studied and cataloged, as have the 58 Second Folios, 23 Third Folios, and 38 Fourth Folios. However, the library also holds a large collection of individual plays and portions of plays extracted from an unknown number of Folios in the distant past. Known as the "Folio Fragments," these leaves remain uncataloged and largely unidentified. 
 
 
===Manuscript cataloging===
 
Cataloging 17th- and 18th-century manuscripts at the item level
 
 
=== [[Uncataloged Wings project]] ===
 
 
The Folger holds a large collection of books published in English, or in Britain and its dependencies, between 1641 and 1700. These publications are known as "Wings" because Donald Wing compiled the standard reference work on them, the ''Short title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700''.  Approximately 20% of the Folger's Wings are not yet fully cataloged in Hamnet, the Folger's online catalog. This project was begun by the 2016-2017 Seiler Resident.
 
  
 
== Past talks  ==
 
== Past talks  ==
*'''Cataloging Almanacs''' by Anna Loewenthal: [[CatalogingAlmanacs_Loewenthal_201705.pdf]]
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*[[:File:CatalogingAlmanacs_Loewenthal_201705.pdf | '''Cataloging Almanacs''']] by Anna Loewenthal, 2016/17 Seiler Resident
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*[[:File:Cataloging_English_Civil_Wars,_Broadsides.pdf | '''Cataloging English Civil Wars: Broadsides''']] by Brittney Washington, 2017/18 Seiler Resident
  
 
== Time-table ==
 
== Time-table ==
*'''May and June 2017''': Solicit applications through library schools and their alumni networks, discussion lists, and social media, and in person at the RBMS Conference and the ALA Conference.
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*'''May and June 2018''': Solicit applications through library schools and their alumni networks, discussion lists, and social media, and in person at the RBMS Conference and the ALA Conference.
*'''July 2017''': Review proposals and select candidate.
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*'''July 2018''': Review proposals and select candidate.
*'''October 2017''': Resident joins the Folger staff for nine months
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*'''October 2018''': Resident joins the Folger staff for nine months
*'''February 2018''': Resident meets with representatives of the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund
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*'''December 2018''': Resident takes week-long paleography course at the Folger
*'''April 2018''': Based on the Resident's experience, and in consultation with the Resident and representatives of the Fund, prepare materials for the 2018/2019 Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency   
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*'''February 2019''': Resident meets with representatives of the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund
*'''June 2018''': Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Resident attends the [http://rbms.info/conferences/ RBMS Conference].  
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*'''April 2019''': Based on the Resident's experience, and in consultation with the Resident and representatives of the Fund, prepare materials for the 2019/2020 Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency   
*'''June/July 2018''': Residency culminates with the Resident's public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during the residency
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*'''June 2019''': Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Resident attends the [http://rbms.info/conferences/ RBMS Conference].  
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*'''June/July 2019''': Residency culminates with the Resident's public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during the residency
  
 
[[Category: Cataloging]]
 
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[[Category: Folger Shakespeare Library]]
 
[[Category: Folger Shakespeare Library]]

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It’s satisfying to put the pieces of a puzzle together when we can, but it’s just as exciting to think of the undiscovered treasures that might be hiding in this collection. — Nadia Sophie Seiler

Nadia Seiler's passion for rare materials and for cataloging inspired all of us at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency ("Seiler Residency" for short) is a nine-month term-limited position for new library professionals made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Folger. We who worked closely with Nadia are pleased and honored to be able to help ensure that our beloved colleague's memory lives on. Seeing the spark of enthusiasm for rare materials ignite the mind of a new librarian is seeing Nadia's spirit in the next generation.

Position description

The Seiler Resident works hands-on with rare materials in the collection while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus is on rare materials cataloging, but the Seiler Resident also works directly with curators, researcher services, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. We hope that this person will be inspired to learn new things, discover true passions, and make meaningful contributions to scholars and as-yet-unknown audiences, within a rich and supportive environment.

The Seiler Resident is an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in departmental meetings, joining the Saturday Reading Room rotation (working at the Reading Room service desk on a Saturday approximately once every five or six weeks), attending talks, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience.

Application procedure

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master's degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program accredited by the American Library Association. The application deadline for the 2018/19 Residency was July 15, 2018.

Potential projects

  • Developing and testing an updated manual for manuscripts cataloging at the Folger (continuing the work in progress begun by the 2017/18 Seiler Resident in collaboration with Deborah J. Leslie, and Drs. Erin Blake and Heather Wolfe).
  • Cataloging manuscripts from the 17th and 18th centuries at the item level
  • Taking Introduction to English Paleography, a week-long skills course taught by Dr. Heather Wolfe, the Folger’s Curator of Manuscripts, that will provide an intensive introduction to handwriting in early modern England, with a particular emphasis on the English secretary hand of the 16th- and 17th-centuries;
  • Curating a “pop-up” exhibition for staff, researchers, and visitors that will be documented in Folgerpedia
  • Assisting curators and conservators with mounting “Before Farm to Table” an exhibition on the culture of early modern foodways (in connection with a Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research). Exhibition opens in January 2019, and is curated by Drs. Heather Wolfe and Amanda Herbert.
  • Creating a new Finding Aid for a specific manuscript collection, which will add a comprehensive overview of a unique Folger Library collection to our resources and will include progressively detailed descriptions of the collection’s component parts;
  • Continuing work on the Uncataloged Wings project, a special project to bring records into Hamnet, the Folger’s publicly available online catalog, of previously uncataloged Wing collection holdings (books published in England between 1641 and 1700). This is an ongoing project begun by the first Seiler Resident, Anna Loewenthal, and continued by the second Seiler Resident, Brittney Washington. As such, it forms a direct link between past and present Seiler residents

Key personnel

Key personnel for the 2018/19 residency:

  • Julie Swierczek, Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging (supervisor)
  • Erin Blake, Senior Cataloger
  • Deborah J. Leslie, Senior Cataloger
  • Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts


Past talks

Time-table

  • May and June 2018: Solicit applications through library schools and their alumni networks, discussion lists, and social media, and in person at the RBMS Conference and the ALA Conference.
  • July 2018: Review proposals and select candidate.
  • October 2018: Resident joins the Folger staff for nine months
  • December 2018: Resident takes week-long paleography course at the Folger
  • February 2019: Resident meets with representatives of the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund
  • April 2019: Based on the Resident's experience, and in consultation with the Resident and representatives of the Fund, prepare materials for the 2019/2020 Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency
  • June 2019: Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Resident attends the RBMS Conference.
  • June/July 2019: Residency culminates with the Resident's public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during the residency