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A peek into the Conservation Lab

Ever wonder what the conservators are up to on our third floor? Here’s a peek into what’s happening in the Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Laboratory this month: The team is in full treatment mode for the Library’s upcoming exhibition, “Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s England,” opening this summer. Before every exhibition, of course, the conservation team reviews the items to be displayed to do any necessary work to repair or stabilize them.… Continue Reading

“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: April 2014

We’re a few days before the beginning of April still, but who doesn’t want to push this season ahead and get on with spring already? So here is our new crocodile mystery. Some of you will recognize immediately what category of object this is, and if that’s true for you, feel free to push on to try to work out the specifics.… Continue Reading



“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: January 2014

A new month, a new year, a new mystery for you to enjoy! This month’s crocodile might be immediately recognizable to some of you, but perhaps not to others, and sometimes it’s fun to take a fresh look even at things you think you know. Chime in with your guesses—whimsical and practical—in the comments below, and come back later this week to learn more about this image.… Continue Reading

Q & A: Jaime McCurry, National Digital Stewardship Resident

This year, the Folger is one of ten host institutions for the National Digital Stewardship Residencies, a nine-month grant-funded program created by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Studies. The NDSR program, in their own words, “offers recent master’s program graduates in specialized fields—library science, information science, museum studies, archival studies and related technology—the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience in digital preservation.” The Folger is delighted to host Jaime McCurry as our resident digital steward from September 2013 through May 2014.… Continue Reading

“What manner o’ thing is your crocodile?”: December 2013

Now that we’re back to our regular twice-weekly schedule of posts, it’s time to bring back our crocodile mystery series! As a refresher, the series posts a mystery item at the (approximate) beginning of each month, inviting speculations in the comments about what it is and what its significance might be. The following week one of our regular authors shares the reveal and explanation.… Continue Reading

Q & A: Melanie Dyer, Research and Outreach Librarian

If you’ve been to our Reading Rooms this summer, you might have already had a chance to meet Melanie Dyer, our new Research and Outreach Librarian. But even if you don’t regularly make it in to the Library, you’ll soon have a chance to avail yourself of her handiwork as she starts developing guides to our resources, including our online materials.… Continue Reading

Q & A: Eric Johnson, Director of Digital Access

Eric Johnson is the Folger’s new Director of Digital Access, heading the new Digital Media and Publications division. He has developed successful projects and programs for U.S. Department of State, the Washington Times, the World Bank, the state of Georgia, and other public- and private-sector organizations. He is best known in the Shakespearean community as the creator of Open Source Shakespeare, one of the most widely-used online resources in the field.… Continue Reading