Georgianna Ziegler, Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference, has been named Associate Librarian at the Folger. Erin Blake, formerly the Folger's Curator of Art and Special Collections, has been appointed Head of Collection Information Services. Both began their new positions on April 1, 2014.
"I am thrilled that Georgianna and Erin will continue to contribute to the Folger in their new leadership roles," said Daniel De Simone, Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger, on announcing the new appointments. "I can say with certainty that their knowledge of this institution and the skills that they bring to their jobs will ensure that the Folger continues to be one of the best managed and most progressive libraries in the country. I look forward to working with them as members of the Central Library leadership team."
Ziegler Named Associate Librarian
Georgianna Ziegler joined the Folger in 1992 as Louis B. Thalheimer Head of Reference. In addition to answering reference queries from around the world and working with tours and classes at the Folger, she has curated several exhibitions, notably Shakespeare's Unruly Women (1997), Elizabeth I: Then and Now (2003), Shakespeare's Sisters (2012), and most recently, in honor of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, Shakespeare's the Thing (2014). She is currently working on the Shakespeare commemorative exhibitions for 2016 which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. From October 2013 to mid-January 2014, she also served as Interim Librarian.
"It was clear from the start that Georgianna's counsel was invaluable to me as I began the process of assuming the role of Librarian," notes De Simone. "Her experience and understanding will help the transitions that are so essential to the successful realization of the Folger's long term goals. It is a great pleasure to officially recognize her contributions and provide her with the platform and authority to continue her work for the good of the Folger Shakespeare Library."
Prior to joining the Folger, Ziegler received her Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in early modern English and French literature, and taught English at Davidson and Wofford Colleges. In 1981, she became the curator of the Furness Library at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the leading American collections of Shakespeare materials, while pursuing her library degree at Drexel University and teaching Shakespeare in evening classes for the Penn English Department. She has been an active member of the Renaissance Society of America and the Shakespeare Association of America (SAA), serving as an SAA Trustee and as President.
Blake Named Head of Collection Information Services
As Head of Collection Information Services, Erin Blake is managing all aspects of information technology for library operations, including the Voyager integrated library system and the Folger's digital image collection in LUNA Insight. She is also supervising operations in the Folger's departments of Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Metadata Creation.
"Over the past few years Erin has taken on more and more of the responsibilities for technical services in Central Library and has developed a strong working relationship with the library's Digital Media and Publications division," says De Simone. "Erin's expertise and experience will be critical as we integrate more library functions into new digital platforms being developed by the Folger."
Erin Blake came to the Folger in 2000. During her fourteen years as a Folger curator, Erin was been heavily involved in technical services. She spearheaded the cataloging of art in the Folger's online catalog, Hamnet, including retrospective conversion of the card catalog, and helped develop the Folger's digital image collection. Throughout, she acted as the back-up person and consultant on collection-related systems and databases. Having been a curator who could also reboot servers, edit configuration files, and prepare catalog records for bulk upload, she will now be on the other side of the equation: a Head of Collection Information Services who fully understands the library's rich collection and researchers' needs.
Outside the Folger, Erin was chief editor of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics), the national standard for art cataloging in libraries, and has served on the Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (RBMS). She is also a faculty member of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where she teaches "Introduction to the History of Book Illustration" every other summer. Erin holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History and Art History from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University.
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