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Q & A: Goran Proot, Curator of Rare Books

On June 1st, Goran Proot became the new Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Now that he’s had a chance to settle in a bit, it’s time for us to introduce him to Collation readers and—soon—for him to become one of our regular contributors! Goran (born in 1972, the worst-wine year of the century, he points out) has a Master’s degree in Language and Literature and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, both from Leuven (the oldest university of the Low Countries) and an MA in Information and Library Sciences from Antwerp University, where he also obtained his PhD.… Continue Reading

Q & A: Carol Brobeck, Fellowships Administrator

Anyone who has been a Fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library can attest to the central role that Carol Brobeck plays as the Fellowships Administrator in making their work possible. She has also worked with scholars and staff on four exhibitions, most recently “Impressions of Wenceslaus Hollar” in 1996 and “Lost at Sea” in 2010. Here Carol gives a sense of her history at the Library, an account of the Fellowships program, and offers some advice for applicants. … Continue Reading

Q & A: Julie Ainsworth, Head of Photography and Digital Imaging

Although many readers at and visitors to the Folger Shakespeare Library might not know her name, most know her work. Julie Ainsworth, Head of Photography and Digital Imaging, is responsible for the wonderful images of Folger items that are found in print, that make up the Folger’s Digital Image Collection, and that grace the Library’s website. Her award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications, including in the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washingtonian, Progressive Architecture, Landscape Architect, Horizon Magazine, Dial, Ovation, Dossier, Print, Town and Country, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington City Paper; her photographs have also appeared on the covers of The Washington Times Magazine, Inside Arts, The Wilson Library Bulletin, and other publications. … Continue Reading

Q & A: Michael Witmore, Director

With this post, we inaugurate a Q & A series with Folger staff. It seems fitting to start off with one of the most recent and most public members of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Director Michael Witmore. Although his position as Director might be relatively new, Mike has a long history with the Folger: he has been a Short-term Fellow here, has published in Shakespeare Quarterly, and is co-curator with Rosamond Purcell of an upcoming exhibit, “Very Like a Whale.” Before coming to the Library, Mike was Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin; prior to that, he was Associate Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.… Continue Reading