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Andrew Stauffer Workshop

Andrew Stauffer
April 17, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
UI Main Library, Room 2032

Book Traces Scavenger Hunt/Flash-Mob Librarianship 

In the Book Traces Scavenger Hunt, groups of students, faculty, librarians, and book lovers search a given section of the Main Library stacks (usually PR and PS call numbers), looking for interesting marks in the books by original owners.

Many books from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries include interesting marginalia, flower pressings, locks of hair, and other objects pressed among the pages. Groups will bring back their best examples to a central "command center," where they will examine them together, upload some to Book Traces, and have a discussion about what groups are finding. 


Andrew Stauffer is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Book Traces project and the NINES digital collective. He is the author of Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism (Cambridge, 2005), and the editor of works by Robert Browning and H. Rider Haggard. He has held fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and the Advanced Research Collaborative at CUNY, and has published widely on Romantic and Victorian poetry.

Sponsored by Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa Libraries, and the Department of English