I manage the College’s libraries and archives with the main goals of building the library collections; fostering a library space that is conducive to study and research; and raising the profile of the College’s unique early printed books, manuscripts, and archives. I also oversee Magdalen’s publications programme.
My first degree was in English from Kent State University (Ohio, USA), where I also minored in Classics and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. I earned an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of York (2007), and an MSc in Library and Information Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2010). I have previously worked as Rare Books Librarian at the University of St Andrews; at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Illinois; and at York Minster Library. I am the Hon. Secretary of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and am also a standing committee member of the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section, I also serve as a committee member on the UNESCO Memory of the World international register sub-committee.
My main focus of research is in the materiality of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books. Bindings, provenance, provincial printing, and the slow and disjointed transition from manuscript culture to the printed book market are all of interest. I have presented and written on fifteenth and sixteenth-century Scottish and English manuscript and book history, ownership, and circulation. I am also interested in the history of Magdalen College collections and how they ended up in our library.