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Shop Talk: Unmute Yourself!

March 31, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


The WASHINGTON RARE BOOK GROUP invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at noon, via Zoom for the latest in our Shop-Talk Series:

“Unmute yourself! A discussion of reading room and research strategies during a pandemic and other crises.”

The past year has turned the world on its head, leaving research institutions and the scholars they serve to find new, creative ways of locating and accessing materials in collections.

Today’s panel will address both sides of this relationship; we will learn about some of the remarkable ways institutions are being creative in how they serve patrons, and we will hear how scholars are finding their work has changed, and what has been successful (or not) in experiences of the past year across the field.

Amanda Zimmerman, Moderator, is a Reference Librarian in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, and is WRBG President.

Stephanie Arias is the Reference Services Manager in the Reader Services department at The Huntington Library. As a Special Collections library, with a mission to support primary research, the Huntington created a new pilot service called the “Virtual Reading Room.” This service allows all researchers to gain access to rare materials remotely through a high-resolution document camera.

Karina Sanchez is the Reader Services Coordinator at The Huntington Library. Ms. Sanchez helped in the development of the Virtual Reading Room, and is currently managing it. She is also a student in UCLA’S MLIS program.

Rachel B. Dankert is the Learning and Engagement Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She enjoys helping researchers at every level to learn research skills, find new tools, and improve the ways they use libraries.

Clare Imholtz is a retired librarian and has been a member of WRBG for many years. She volunteers researching children’s books for the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, and she is currently editing Lewis Carroll’s correspondence with Henry Savile Clarke, the first Alice in Wonderland dramatist.

Time will be allowed for questions and discussion following the presentations.

Even though there is no cost for this event, please RSVP by March 29th so we can send you an email with login instructions prior to the event. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours in advance of the program.


We hope you will join us!

Amanda Zimmerman,

WRBG President


Questions? Contact us! washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com


March 31, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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