Wednesday, January 9, 2013

We are blessed each year by many people who offer their talents to the seminary. The library has had many such volunteers. One such volunteer with exceptional talents has been Susan Jaskot, who has served as a volunteer Rare Book Cataloger in the Bishop Payne Library since 2010. We are pleased that this week she is able to join the library staff as a part-time Technical Services Assistant in the Library. She will continue her work as a rare book cataloger and will work on inventory and processing of the library’s rare book collections.

Susan has for many years served as a rare book cataloger, including work at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and at the Huntington Library in California. During her time at the Folger Shakespeare Library, she also contributed essays and notes for the Library’s exhibit catalog, Time: The Greatest Innovator, which won a “Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award for excellence in publication of catalogs and brochures, and archival materials. She has a BA in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Michigan.

I did have an opportunity to find Susan in the library stacks a couple of weeks ago. We looked at some rare books and she pointed to some exceptional illuminated texts. Her love of these texts and desire to make them available for others was palpable. Such is the vocation of a rare book cataloger. We are fortunate to have Susan Jaskot joining our library professionals.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics