Dr. Goran Proot has been appointed Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Rare Books at the Folger Shakespeare Library. He takes office on June 1, 2012.
Formerly Keeper of Historical Collections at the University of Antwerp, Dr. Proot did his undergraduate work at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He has a Master’s degree in Language and Literature, also from KU Leuven; a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of Antwerp; and a Ph.D. in Language and Literature from Antwerp. His doctoral work focused on Jesuit theater spectacles between 1575–1773.
Proot has been director of the Short Title Catalogue Flanders project (STCV) a major bibliographical project documenting all pre–1801 hand-press books published in Flanders. He has published widely on book history in Europe and served as editor of the Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis.
He is active in the Flanders Book Historical Society, the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP).
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About Folger Shakespeare Library
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