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CERL Internship and Placement Grant

CERL INTERNSHIP and PLACEMENT GRANTS

Every year, CERL offers Internship and Placement Grants, to the value of 1,000 Euros each, to allow qualified librarians and scholars to work on CERL projects in CERL libraries, or in CERL offices, and to be trained on CERL databases, generally for a period of one month.

In particular, CERL is looking to support people new to the profession, whether in librarianship or in academia, and to facilitate international mobility.

CERL member libraries propose projects suitable to the CERL Grant. The internship should normally take place within the period January-September.

2021/2022 CALLS

CERL would like to offer six 2022 Internship and Placement Grants, to the value of 1,000 Euros each, to allow qualified librarians and scholars to work on CERL projects in CERL libraries, or in CERL offices, and to be trained on CERL digital resources, generally for a period of one month. If matched funding is provided by the hosting institution, the period can be extended.

One of the six grants is offered by Università Cattolica of Milan, and is specifically dedicated to one of their students. All internships should take place before the end of December 2022. Each of the projects can be undertaken remotely, in consideration of the still ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

INTERNSHIPS OFFERED BY MEMBER LIBRARIES AND CERL

Incunabula at Marsh's Library, Dublin – in person and remote Marsh's Library in central Dublin is Ireland's oldest library. Founded in 1707, it has a significant collection of around 20,000 books from the 16th and 17th centuries. It also houses 75 incunables. The library has detailed MEI-compatible catalogue entries for almost all of these incunabula:https://www.marshlibrary.ie/catalogue/Search/Results?type=AllFields&filter%5B%5D=genre_facet%3A%22Incunabula%22

The library seeks applications from suitably qualified individuals to complete the following tasks: 1. Check our online catalogue records against the original incunabula. 2. Create MEI-compatible records for the handful of incunabula that have not yet been catalogued to this standard. 3. Copy the updated catalogue entries from Marsh's Library to the MEI database.

Marsh's Library will consider applications from those who wish to come to Dublin for all or part of one month. Those in Dublin for only part of the month may work remotely for the rest of the internship using digital images. In addition to the CERL stipend of €1,000 to the successful candidate, Marsh's Library will award a fellowship of €2,000 to a candidate who intends to spend a full month (four working weeks) in Dublin (i.e. a total of €3,000). Those who wish to spend two weeks on site in Dublin will receive the full CERL stipend and one-half of the Marsh's fellowship (i.e. a total of €2,000). Those who intend to spend one week on site in Dublin will receive the full CERL stipend and one-quarter of the Marsh's fellowship (i.e. a total of €1,500).

- knowledge of rare books, preferably incunabula and analytical bibliography - knowledge of Latin and English

Incunabula from the collection of the Dukes of Arenberg, Brussels – in person and remote March 2022 will see the publication of Elly Cockx-Indestege and Pierre Delsaerdt, Le goût de la bibliophilie nationale. La collection de livres rares et précieux des ducs d’Arenberg à Bruxelles, XIXe-XXe siècles, Bibliologia, 61 (Turnhout, Brepols, 2022), which includes the reconstruction of the now dispersed collection. One internship of €1,000 is offered to create MEI records using data from the new publication. The grantee will spend at least one week in the Royal Library in Brussels, and continue the work remotely. The grantee will be supervised by Jan Pauwels and Pierre Delsaerdt.

- knowledge of rare books, preferably incunabula and analytical bibliography - knowledge of French

Incunabula in the Biblioteca Nacional of Madrid – in person and remote One internship of €1,000 is offered to an experienced MEI Editor to train the incunabulists of the Biblioteca Nacional of Madrid in the creation of MEI records. The aim is to transfer the data published in Martín Abad, Julian, Catálogo bibliográfico de la colección de incunables de la Biblioteca Nacional de España. 2 vols (Madrid, 2010). The grantee will be supervised by Maria José Rucio Zamorano.

- knowledge of rare books, preferably incunabula and analytical bibliography - knowledge of Spanish

Early printed books in Medieval Libraries of Great Britain – remote One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work on Medieval Libraries of Great Britain online (MLGB3) and Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI): Some 483 printed books are listed in the database MLGB3, where their current location, as well as their 15th/16th-century provenance from British institutions is provided. Some of these entries can be found in Early Book Owners in Britain (EBOB) database, others not. The grantee will use MLGB3 data pertaining to incunabula to create records in MEI. All records will be crossed referenced to MLGB3 and EBOB. The internship will be supervised by Cristina Dondi.

- knowledge of rare books, preferably incunabula and analytical bibliography - knowledge of Latin and English

Working Group on Retrospective National Bibliographies – remote CERL has recently created a Working Group which focusses on Retrospective National Bibliographies (RNBs). The aim is to create a detailed overview of RNBs that record European printed materials, to investigate how CERL can make the most of the RNB data from a variety of countries that we already hold, and to encourage the European library community to record RNB numbers in their own catalogue records as this will support linking.

One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with the RNB Working Group and be supervised by Marian Lefferts • to create an overview of existing national bibliographies • to create a description of the RNBs' approaches and their content (incl. a determination whether the RNB covers the period 1450-1850 which is the focus of CERL) • an overview of which of the RNBs are in the Heritage of the Printed Book database • to help with organising a conference on the topic of RNBs - knowledge of rare books and bibliography - knowledge of English

CERL Security Network – remote The Security Network has developed a self-assessment tool for libraries and archives to determine where they stand on collection security. Users of the tool may compare their scores with the scores of libraries in the CERL community (see also https://www.cerl.org/collaboration/security/qat). In support of libraries working with the QAT, the Security Network is in the process of developing the Quick Audit Library. In the QAT Library we will bring together policy documents and internal guidelines drawn up by CERL member libraries. The documents in the QAT Library will be made available to CERL members as a source of inspiration for developing their own policy documents and guidelines.

One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with the Security Network and be supervised by Marian Lefferts • to help shape the Quick Audit Tool library • to encourage CERL members to contribute to the QAT Library • to promote the QAT Library and review the uptake of this tool

- knowledge of rare books and bibliography - knowledge of English

FOR STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA of MILAN Since 2019, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan funds a dedicated grant to allow a student from its institution who matches the indicated requirements to be selected for a CERL internship abroad, specifically to work on incunabula and MEI.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Your application should include a CV (maximum two pages) and a covering letter. This should outline preference of destination/project and your suitability for the internship, your reasons for the application, and the name of one referee who can be contacted by CERL. If the applicant is employed by an institution, the consent of the institution should be included. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed remotely. Deadline: 16 March 2022 Please email the application to c.dondi@cerl.org.

A grant can only be assigned once to the same person. Applications not selected but positively vetted will be notified that they can be put in again for the next round.

A written report for the CERL webpage and Newsletter, and/or a presentation in person will be expected at the end of the internship/placement.

CERL ALUMNI PRESENT THEIR RESEARCH

On 27 January 2021, a number of CERL Junior Fellows presented the research they did in the context of the CERL Grant Scheme and/or their current research. The programme, presentation slides and a link to the recording of the online session can be found here.

In 2020/21, we were not able to offer the grants.

RECIPIENTS OF 2019/20 GRANTS

Exceptionally, recipients of the 2019/20 grants were allowed to do their placement at a library in their own city or country. In on or two cases, when it was not possible to arrange even that, recipients of the grant planned to work from home on CERL databases: 1) Martyna Osuch (Special collections librarian in the Early Printed Books Department, University of Warsaw Library; PhD student, University of Warsaw (first year of Interdisciplinary Doctoral School). Cataloguing the incunabula of the Metropolitan Seminary Library in Warsaw into MEI. 2-3) Camilla Marangoni (Master’s degree in Archaeology and Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) and and Rosa Parlavecchia (Postdoctoral researcher at ICCU and contract professor of Printing History at the University of Salerno) Transferring data from the Catalogue of the Laurenziana Library of Florence into MEI. 4) Anna de Bruyn (PhD student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands) Cataloguing the incunabula of Groningen UL into MEI.

RECIPIENTS OF 2018/19 GRANTS

The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of five CERL Grants:

1) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the University Library of Cambridge to Marianna Morreale, with a degree in Archival and Library Studies from the University of Rome, Italy, a Master in Museology and Cultural Heritage Management from the Catholic University of Milan, and internship experience (“Torno subito” from Regione Lazio) working on the digital provenance archive at the Marciana National Library, Venice.

2-3) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Huntington Library, San Marino to Martyna Grzesiak, a DPhil Student in Italian and Book History at the University of Oxford who is working on the distribution and use of the Bibles printed in Italian in the fifteenth century, and to Maria José Rucio Zamorano, Head of the Manuscripts and Incunabula Department of the National Library of Spain, Madrid, with expertise in Iberian incunabula. As Ms Rucio Zamorano was unable to go to the US, the grant was offered to Elena Fogolin, a graduate of the University of Udine with an Erasmus + at the Gutenberg Museum of Mainz.

4) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Beinecke Library, Yale, to Niamh Delaney, Assistant Librarian in the Special Collections Department of the University of Liverpool, with degrees from the University of Glasgow and St Andrews and a Master in Library and Information Studies from University College, London.

5) To work on CERL’s PDA in The Hague (Digital Humanities Grant) to Fabiano Cataldo de Azevedo, Professor of the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where is part of the School of Librarianship and teaches History of the Book and Libraries. A member of IFLA's Rare Books and Special Collection Section, initially as a Corresponding Member (2014-2015) and later as a member of the Standing Committee (2015-2019). As Prof. Cataldo was unable to go to The Hague the grant was offered to Lucrezia Signorello, a graduate of Rome La Sapienza University with working experience at ICCU and other Rome libraries. In 2020 Lucrezia won a PhD position at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” to work on a project about the reconstruction of the library of the Augustinian convent of Santa Maria del Popolo (Rome) in the 16th century. Supervisor Valentina Sestini, co-supervisor Paolo Tinti.

The Huntington and Cambridge offered matching funds to secure longer internships.

The Beinecke offered a full grant and also invited last year’s grantees, Beatrice Alai and James Missons, to spend another period working with their incunabula collections.

We received 27 applications from Brazil (1), Hungary (2), Lithuania (2), Italy (15), Spain (2), UK (4), Poland (1). 4 Male and 23 female. 8 librarians or library trainees, 19 early career scholars or students.

RECIPIENTS OF 2017/18 GRANTS

25 February 2018: The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of four CERL Grants:

1) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Cambridge University Library to Ester Peric, a Master student in Italian Philology and Book History from the University of Udine, Italy, with experience in archival documents and an Erasmus + in Manchester spent cataloguing incunabula at the John Rylands University Library. Peric gained a place in the four-year Doctorate programme 'Testi, Tradizioni e Culture del Libro. Studi italiani e romanzi' at the University of Naples (coord. Prof. Andrea Mazzucchi), starting Nov. 2019.

2) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Edinburgh National Library to Krisztina Rábai, Assistant Professor in Medieval and Book History at the University of Szeged, Hungary, with experience in monastic library collections.

3) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Beinecke Library in Yale to Beatrice Alai, from Cesena, Italy, with degrees in History of Art and Palaeography from the University of Florence and Padua and currently on a postdoctoral fellowship in Berlin to work on the incunabula collection of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin.

4) To James Misson, a DPhil student in English Literature from the University of Oxford, with experience in English Palaeography and in cataloguing in MEI incunabula from Oxford colleges.

The three hosting libraries offered matching funds to secure a longer internship. A report of their activities is available here.

25 applications were received from Australia (1), Austria (1), Canada (1), Hungary (1), Italy (12, 4 of which living abroad), Japan (1), Spain (1), Netherlands (3), New Zeland (1), UK (1), US (1), Poland (1).

8 Male and 17 female. 11 librarians or library trainees or students, 14 early career scholars.

RECIPIENTS OF 2016/17 GRANTS

1 May 2017, three Interns started work on enriching MEI entries for the incunables held at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague:

  • Ruben Celani (Italy)
  • Judit Kolumban (Romania)
  • Maria O'Shea (Ireland)

The KB was able to offer a Gerard van Thienen Grant to Lauren Leenders (the Netherlands), to strengthen the team. The team was supervised by Dr Marieke van Delft, Curator Early Printed Collections, KB The Hague.

A report of their activities is available here.

RECIPIENTS OF 2015 GRANTS

CERL received 21 applications.

A grant was awarded to Francesca Rocchi, a graduate in Latin Palaeography of La Sapienza University, Rome, with previous internship experience at the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, to work within the Special Collections Department of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. A report of her activities is available here.

A grant was awarded to Thomas Theyssens, a graduate in Early Modern History from the University of Louvain, with a Master in Heritage Management in Libraries from the University of Antwerp, to work within the Printed Heritage Collections Department of the British Library, London. A report of his activities is available here.

More information about the 2015 awards is available here.

RECIPIENT OF 2014 GRANT

2014 - Angéline Rais - Cataloguing the incunabula collection of Lambeth Palace Library in the Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) database.
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