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Folger Magazine: From the Director

Gail Kern Paster's Essays

In each issue of the Folger Magazine, Director Gail Kern Paster contributes a short essay. She's written on why the best days for special collections like the Folger may still be to come, what the digital age has meant to the Folger, and even on what she's currently reading.

Spring 2010
A Golden Age for Libraries
Why even in the era of Google Books somtimes there's just no substitute for the real thing.


Fall 2009

A Spirit of Service
Folger Docents make a big difference—Gail shares how.


Summer 2009

A Scholar's Scholar
Gail writes about what made Barbara Mowat such a powerful Director of Research  as Barbara retires.


Spring 2009
The Library at Night

Alberto Manguel's book of the same title is inspiring Gail and keeping her up reading late at night.


Fall 2008
A Librarian All-Star
Gail honors Librarian Richard Kuhta on the eve of his retirement.


Summer 2008

Embracing the Digital Age
While she sometimes wishes it was happening a little slower, Gail shares what digital opportunities mean for the Folger.


Spring 2008

Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture
How this annual Folger tradition is a bridge between the scholary and the interested public.


Fall 2007

Learning Shakespeare by Doing Shakespeare
Shakespeare is everywhere in American education—how the Folger is helping teachers.


Summer 2007
America's Love Affair with Shakespeare
How the King James Bible and Shakespeare won the American West and every point in between.


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