2015 Yale Law Library Rare Book Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Yale Law Library Rare Book Fellowship. Here are the details.

Yale Law LIbrary Rare Book Fellowship
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

FIXED DURATION POSITION: 6 months from date of hire; non-renewable

EXPECTED START DATE: Jan/Feb 2015 (flexible start date)

POSITION FOCUS: The Lillian Goldman Law Library has established this fellowship to train the next generation of rare book librarians to serve the growing number of special collections departments in academic law libraries. The Rare Book Fellow will be trained in special collections librarianship including acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, reference services, exhibit preparation & design, bibliographic instruction, preservation, and digital projects. The Fellow will be charged with completing a major project involving our Kuttner Institute Library materials, focusing on medieval canon law.

[For more on the Kuttner Institute Library, visit <http://library.law.yale.edu/news/kuttner-institute-library-comes-yale>.]

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Rare Book Librarian, the Rare Book Fellow will spend time learning special collections librarianship with an emphasis on law material. The Fellow will: follow a curriculum designed by the Rare Book Librarian that includes a general orientation to Yale University, librarianship, and rare law book librarianship; gain experience in collection development and management, preservation, reference and outreach, exhibition planning, and cataloging rare books; contribute to ongoing digital initiatives; develop and complete a special project pertaining to the Kuttner Institute Library materials in consultation with the Rare Book Librarian; participate in professional activities, Law Library committees, policy discussions, and other library-wide activities. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Law Library’s professional staff. More information about the Fellowship can be found here:


QUALIFICATIONS: The Rare Book Fellowship will be open to those who have (or will have by Jan. 2015) a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science (or foreign equivalent), and who are in the initial stages of a career as a librarian. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and must be able to work in a complex and changing environment with diverse staff and users. It is imperative that candidates have reading knowledge of Latin and a demonstrated interest in rare books. (Please note this is not an archivist position).

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and/or experience working with canon law, legal history, and/or medieval history; preference will also be given to candidates with skills in the foreign languages most heavily represented in Yale Law Library special collections (Italian, German, French, Spanish, Dutch).

SALARY: The Rare Book Fellow will work for six months (Jan/Feb 2015 flexible start date) at a stipend of $4,500 per month, plus benefits including health insurance through membership in the Yale Health Plan.

The Fellow will be given generous support for professional development.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Rare Book Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applications consisting of a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and describing how this position will contribute to long-term career goals, CV or resume, and names and contact information of three (3) professional references should be sent electronically to Teresa Miguel-Stearns (teresa.miguel@yale.edu), Deputy Director, no later than October 15, 2014. There is no application form.

Please be sure to include “Rare Book Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Rare Book Librarian & Lecturer in Legal Research Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Phone: (203) 432-4494
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Jobs for Medievalists

Special Collections Cataloger, Cataloging and Metadata Services
The Temple University Libraries seek a librarian to lead ongoing cataloging of special collections material. Paley Library is the main library located on the main campus of Temple, a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu/about/.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the Special Collections Cataloging Librarian creates, and leads other staff in creating, original and adaptive bibliographic records to facilitate discovery of special collections and other materials held by the Temple University Libraries, primarily those in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC).  The position requires production and editing of name and subject records and other quality assurance tasks for all Temple University Libraries collections represented in our integrated library system.

  • Creates original adaptive bibliographic records for print monographs and serials and for other special collections materials using multiple online systems in accordance with accepted local practices and applicable national standards. Maintains awareness of special collections and general cataloging issues and standards, metadata standards, and librarianship.
  • Manages workflows for other Cataloging staff working on special collections or related projects.
  • Designs, implements, and documents policies and procedures for special collections materials and projects, in collaboration with SCRC and cataloging staff.
  • Performs quality control on descriptive and other metadata associated with special collections cataloging and other departmental production.
  • Joins cataloging and other Libraries staff to create authorized access points to increase the discoverability of our special collections resources.
  • Participates in library-wide projects and activities and is expected to be active professionally. The incumbent also will be expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion and regular appointment.
  • Catalog materials for circulating and other collections, as needed.
  • Indirect supervision of other work, in the absence of department head or as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as may arise periodically and which are assigned.

Required Education and Experience:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information science and one year of experience cataloging special collections monographs and/or serials, including original cataloging.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated Experience with OCLC bibliographic utility/Connexion interface
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging standards and data formats (RDA/FRBR/MARC21.)
  • Knowledge of current rare materials cataloging (DCRM) and special vocabularies (RBMS vocabularies.)

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience cataloging special collections materials in multiple languages, formats, and from various time periods
  • Experience with serials cataloging, particularly rare serials
  • Knowledge of Innovative Interfaces Millennium
  • Knowledge of one or more western European languages: especially Latin and/or German
  • NACO training/experience in creating authority records
  • Advanced degree or other academic background relevant to Temple University Libraries Collections
  • Knowledge of non-MARC metadata formats, standards, and schemata; for example: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, TEI, AAT
  • Prior attendance at Rare Book School or similar training

Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary range: $50-55k.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers@Temple, and reference TU-18264.  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

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Call for Papers – 41st Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

41st Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

April 10-11, 2015

Sewanee, TN

Theme: Peace and War

This colloquium will explore peace and war in medieval culture, history, literature, philosophy, theology, and the arts. How did medieval men and women make peace and make war? What were the relationships between individual and social conflicts? How do the processes of peace and war shape, and how are they shaped by, institutions and artistic productions? Papers and panels might include such topics as the culture of the crusades, the politics of peace-making, military history, psychomachia and other forms of allegorical warfare, peace and penitence, the use of spolia, just war theory, ethnic conflict, the culture of knighthood, and the economics of war. We welcome papers considering medieval European, Asian, and African, and cross-cultural perspectives. Our plenary speakers will be Ardis Butterfield (Yale University) and Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London).

We invite 20-minute papers from all disciplines on any aspect of medieval peace and war.  We also welcome proposals for 3-paper sessions on particular topics related to the theme.  Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., electronically if possible, no later than 21 November 2014. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented; completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 10 March 2015.

We are pleased to announce the Susan J. Ridyard Prize ($500), to be awarded to a paper that is especially exceptional in its response to the year’s theme. Prize papers are nominated by respondents.

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Graduate Prize ($250) will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student or recent PhD recipient (degree awarded since July 2011).

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium


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Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2015) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu

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Conferences – 41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

41st Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 17-18 October 2014
Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri

We invite you to attend this year’s conference. Organized annually since 1974 by the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library and its journal “Manuscripta,” this two-day conference regularly features papers on a wide variety of topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies — paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, texts and transmission, library history, and more.

2014 Guest Speaker:

Mary A. Rouse (University of California, Los Angeles) — “Why Paris? Deep Roots of a Medieval University”

2014 Conference Sessions:

– Heraldry in Medieval Manuscript Illumination

– Food Glorious Food: Manuscript Evidence

– Coptic Bindings

– New Approaches to the Morgan Crusader Bible: Panel on M.638

– Captions and their Functions in Medieval Manuscripts

– Work in Progress: Frank Coulson (The Ohio State University) and Beth Morrison (J. Paul Getty Museum)

– Games

Conference Program and Registration information available at http://libraries.slu.edu/special_collections/stl_conf_manu.

For further information, contact vfl@slu.edu or 314-977-3090.

The Vatican Film Library is a research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds on microfilm about 40,000 manuscripts, principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In addition to its annual conference, the library also publishes twice yearly “Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research” and offers fellowships for research in its collections. Visit Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections or follow us through our blog, “Special Collections Currents.”

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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Call for Papers – Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XI


The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the eleventh biennial Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity conference will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA, March 26-29, 2015. The period of Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700) witnessed great changes in respect to attitudes towards poverty, philanthropy, and health care. The conference aims to bring together scholars in order to explore these issues amidst global concerns over poverty and the provision of health care, as well as questions over the role of private philanthropy in effecting change within these areas. Two advances in particular, the ascendency of Pope Francis to the papacy and the debate over the federal provision of healthcare in the United States, helped to inspire the conference’s goal of surveying how late antique individuals and institutions viewed, wrote upon, depicted, and grappled with these issues, and the manner in which they shaped the late antique world economically, socially, politically, and topographically. Examples of questions one may wish to address are: What were the elite Roman, Byzantine, or Islamic attitudes towards the poor? What do we mean by the “economy of charity”? What was the status of physicians amid these new attitudes toward healing? How did monasticism shape health care in the later empire? How did attitudes towards healing transform the late antique landscape? What is the interaction between religion and science?  We hope to receive proposals for papers concerning all aspects of poverty, philanthropy, and health care. Methodologically, proposals may approach these issues from a number of textual, archaeological, numismatic, papyrological, or epigraphic standpoints. The conference aims to serve as an interdisciplinary forum for specialists throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Africa during the period of Late Antiquity, and as such, welcomes a broad interpretation of the theme.

Two keynote speakers will be taking part in the conference: Professor Ramsay MacMullen, Dunham Professor Emeritus in History and Classics, Yale University (U.S.A.) and Professor Susanna Elm, History Department, University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.).

The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2014. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length. Papers should be in English. Proposals from graduate students are welcome, but they should indicate on their submission whether they have discussed their proposal with their supervisor or not. Please note that the submission of an abstract carries with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be accepted.

Proposals should be sent to: shiftingfrontiers2015@gmail.com

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Winter School in Greek Paleography

In collaboration with the Vatican Library


In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

Paleography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.

Dates: January 5-16


Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to paleography@aarome.org by October 15, 2014.

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Call for Papers – New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts

New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts

Harvard University, 10-11 April 2015

Gerald of Wales, also known as Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald de Barri, is one of the most widely referenced authors of the twelfth century, and an important source of information for life in the insular medieval world. Much of his work, however, remains understudied, with scholarly focus usually limited to his works on Ireland and Wales, while his religious and other writings remain almost untouched. Recent scholarship on the complete manuscripts of his worksby Catherine Rooney at the University of Cambridge, however, as well as recent studies on his ethnographic writings and the vernacular transmission of his work, has opened up new possibilities and renewed interest in his life and writings, including several forthcoming new editions. This conference seeks to bring together scholars of Gerald of Wales from around the world, considering this remarkable writer in his own right, both in the context of the twelfth century and throughout the later Middle Ages, stimulating new dialogue and allowing a platform for new work in the future.

This conference invites papers on any aspect of Gerald’s writing, especially welcoming new approaches to his religious writings; the transmission of his work in manuscript, including the construction of stemma; his relationship to other writers of the twelfth century, whether scholastic, historical or otherwise; his relationship with the Angevins; and the legacy of his reception in vernacular languages.

The conference will be hosted by Harvard University’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures and the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. We are pleased to announce that our plenary addresses will be given by Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews) and Huw Pryce (Bangor University). Potential presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to harvardgerald@gmail.com by 31 October 2014. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

For future announcements, see harvardgerald.wordpress.com.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Old English

The University of Tennessee is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor of Old English. Other desirable areas of specialization include history of the English language and history of the book/manuscript studies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with UT’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. We are a “Doctoral/Research Extensive” institution, with a departmental endowment that supports research. The department offers the BA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Professors teach a 2/2 load, distributed across undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a CV by October 1, 2014, via http://apply.interfolio.com/25739 .  Candidates selected for the next stage of review will be contacted to send additional materials. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Call for Papers – 22nd International Conference of Europeanists

“Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures”
Paris, France • July 8-10, 2015
Organized by the Council for European Studies

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.

We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council’s website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.

For more information, please visit: https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

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