Project ASH: Bibliography Professors

The people in the list may not be Professors of Bibliography at the time that you’re reading this.

I compiled the original list on 15 Apr. 2021. I listed as many current or previous professors/associate/assistant professors as possible. I limited the results to those who had emails I could find during my brief search. I used Google to find the information. I searched through the first 20 pages that I got from my base search term, which was “professor of bibliography”, quotes included. Some additional searching was required to find contact information and to make sure I was listing the correct person. In total, I listed 24 people in my first list.

If anyone knows of a better way to find professors of a specific discipline, please let me know.

On 19 Apr. 2021, I sent an email to each of the listed professors to ask them what they thought were the best introductory books for getting into the field of bibliography.

Here is the message I sent:

“Hi,

I’m interested learning more about the discipline of bibliography.

Which books do you think are the best introductions to this field?”

After receiving some emails, I wish I had said “books/articles/webpages” instead of just books.

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First List

Ann Hawkins
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ Texas Tech University
https://sunysystem.academia.edu/AnnHawkins

Anita S. Coleman
Associate Professor of Bibliography and Research @ Louisville Seminary
https://www.lpts.edu/faculty/

Bill Bell
Professor of Bibliography @ Cardiff University
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/99142-bell-bill

Dirk Van Hulle
Professor of Bibliography and Modern Book History @ Jesus College, Oxford
https://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-dirk-van-hulle

Frank J. Bove
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/frank_bove/

Ian McCullough
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

Jeffrey Franks
Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://uakron.academia.edu/JeffreyFranks/CurriculumVitae

Johanna Drucker
Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography @ University of California, Los Angeles
https://gseis.ucla.edu/directory/johanna-drucker/

Kathryn Maier-O’Shea
Professor of Bibliography @ North Park University
https://www.northpark.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017-2018-Academic-Catalog_Directory.pdf
https://www.northpark.edu/faculty-staff-directory/kathryn-maier-oshea/

Kathryn Sutherland
Professor in Bibliography and Textual Criticism @ St. Anne’s
https://writersinspire.org/people/kathryn-sutherland
https://www.english.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-kathryn-sutherland#/

Kerry Magruder
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ University of Oklahoma
https://www.ou.edu/cas/hsci/people/faculty/kerry-magruder

Lori Fielding
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

Liorah Golomb
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ University of Oklahoma
https://libraries.ou.edu/users/liorah-golomb
https://ou.academia.edu/LiorahGolomb/CurriculumVitae

Marilyn B. Ogilvie
Professor Emeritus of Bibliography @ University of Oklahoma
https://www.ou.edu/cas/hsci/people/faculty/marilyn-ogilvie

Michael Monaco
Assistant Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

Michael P. Tosko
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

Neil Harris
Professor of Bibliography and Library Studies @ University of Udine, Italy
https://www.fmsh.fr/en/chercheur/neil-harris

Sarah P. Miller
Professor Emeritus of Bibliography @ Denver Seminary
https://denverseminary.edu/faculty/member/78353/

Sarah Thorngate
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ North Park University
https://www.northpark.edu/faculty-staff-directory/sarah-thorngate/

Sean Kennedy
Associate Professor of Practice, Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

Stephen D. Crocco
Assistant Professor of Bibliography @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
https://web.library.yale.edu/sd/staff/13188

Susan Ebertz
Associate Professor of Bibliography & Academic Research @ Wartburg Theological Seminary
https://www.wartburgseminary.edu/meet-the-faculty/

Susan DiRenzo Ashby
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://works.bepress.com/experts/university-of-akron/search/?facets=organization%3A2629675f-eba0-4031-a829-578878ffe853&facets=role_kind%3Afaculty&sorts=last_name&sorts=first_name

S. Victor Fleischer
Associate Professor of Bibliography @ The University of Akron
https://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives/about/contact/faculty-staff-directory.dot
https://www.uakron.edu/hail/team

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First List Responses

I’m incredibly thankful to all of the people who responded to my email. Everyone was professional and helpful.

Bill Bell responded shortly after I sent out my emails on 19 Apr. 2021. He told me that bibliography is “a very extensive field of study” and asked for additional information on what area of bibliography I was interested in. I again mentioned my interest in an introduction to the very extensive field and he gave me three recommendations:

1 – His first recommendation was Philip Gaskell’s An Introduction to Bibliography.

2 – Second was the journal “The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society”.

3 – Third was The Oxford Companion to the Book.

He concluded his email by saying that the best way to get started in the field is by finding a specific area that appeals to me and then exploring from there.

Ann Hawkins responded on 19 Apr. 2021. She recommended the Tanselle Syllabi and kindly provided a link to it. At the end of the provided link are two pdfs, one to Tanselle’s Introduction to Bibliography: Seminar Syllabus and the other to his Introduction to Scholarly Editing: Seminar Syllabus.

Johanna Drucker responded on 19 Apr. 2021. She recommended 4 works and listed a number of major figures, namely Robert McKerrow, G.T. Tanselle, W.W. Greg, and Fredson Bowers. Thomas Frognall Disdain was recommended for the early period. The 4 works are:

1 – Philip Gaskell’s A New Introduction to Bibliography

2 – Craig S. Abbott and William Willams’ An Introduction to Bibliographical Studies

3 – John Carter and Nicholas Barker’s ABC for Book Collectors

4 – D.F. McKenzie’s Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. This one she said to read for a progressive view.

Neil Harris responded on 19 Apr. 2021. He recommended I start with Institut D’Histoire De Livre (Institute of Book History)’s 2005 Introduction article: http://ihl.enssib.fr/analytical-bibliography-an-alternative-prospectus/introduction. He mentioned that, although it “is slightly out of date”, it is as good a place to begin as any other.

Jeffrey Franks responded on 19 Apr. 2021. He informed me that “Bibliography is what the University of Akron labels the work its professional librarians do”. He went on to say that all of the faculty has a Masters in Library and Information Science and that some have obtained a PhD in LIS. Here are the links he provided for learning more:

1 – https://careercenter.umich.edu/article/information-science

2 – https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/cic/academic_programs/bachelors/informationscience/careers.php

3 – http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/libcareers/become

4 – https://studentscholarships.org/salary/373/librarians.php

5 – https://www.indeed.com/hire/c/info/what-is-a-librarian?aceid=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1PSDBhDbARIsAPeTqreAcS3tG2VwXMJ-RRs8wssK155Xd1Y6qRo5XhlX2Ib8_bQixV9hHWAaArBOEALw_wcB

6 – https://www.thebalancecareers.com/librarian-career-description-526032

7 – https://sis.utk.edu/whatcando

Michael Monaco responded on 19 Apr. 2021 and information me that “faculty librarians are called “professors of bibliography.”” He then mentioned being perplexed about why that is because they all have Library & Information Science degrees. He went on to say that the field is “pretty diverse with different kinds of libraries (school, public, archives, university, corporate, and special (law, art, etc.) and different functional areas within libraries (public service/reference, research, technical services, collection management, and so on)”. As a beginner in the field, I found all this information to be relevant and useful. Beyond that, he recommended I start with this link: https://libguides.uky.edu/c.php?g=222956&p=4902775.

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