Columbia Librarian Consuelo Dutschke Honored by the Medieval Academy of America
NEW YORK, April 16, 2010 –

Consuelo Dutschke, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, was honored in a specially-dedicated session at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America held at Yale University on March 18-20, 2010. The tribute consisted of an opening dedication and a session made up of three papers, followed by a reception.

All three papers were based on materials now available through the Digital Scriptorium, an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. Dutschke was recognized in her role as co-founder and executive director of the Digital Scriptorium.

Consuelo Dutschke is curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, a position she has held since 1993. She is the author of the two-volume Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Huntington Library (1989) and co-founder, with Charles Faulhaber, director of The Bancroft Library and professor of medieval Spanish literature at the University of California, Berkeley, of the Digital Scriptorium.

The Medieval Academy of America, founded in 1925, is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to medieval studies. Its goal is the support of research, publication, and teaching in medieval art, archeology, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, social and economic institutions, and all other aspects of the Middle Ages.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources:  

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