New Advisory Council Members

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Michael Ryan

micheal ryan

With a Ph.D. in early modern European history, Ryan has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and managed library special collections departments for over thirty-five years at the University of Chicago, Stanford, Penn, and Columbia.  He is currently Vice President and Director of the Library of the New-York Historical Society.  His interests are in the history of the book, the intellectual history of the West, and Transatlantic history in the early

Barbara A. Shailor PhD

Barbara Shailor

Dr. Shailor joined Yale in 2001 as the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; she assumed the position of Deputy Provost for the Arts in July 2003 and retired from the Yale administration in December 2012. Her fields of specialization are History of the Book, Latin paleography, and codicology, which encompasses the study of Visigothic manuscripts copied and illuminated in northern Spain in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Her award-winning volume “The Medieval Book,” published by the University of Toronto Press, is in its 6th printing; among her other publications is the Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (3 vols.).

Dr. Shailor has been a trustee of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation since 2003; was elected to the Comité internationale de paléographie latine in 2000, and as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy in 2006. She is currently serving as a Councilor of the Grolier Club, and Chair of its Library Committee, and also as a member of the Finance Committee of the American Philological Association.

 Sarah E. Thomas

thomasSarah Thomas is vice president for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.  From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley’s Librarian, overseeing Oxford’s university libraries, including the historic Bodleian Library.   She was University Librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007.   She began her career at  Harvard University’s Widener Library and has since worked at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Libraries Group (Stanford, CA), the National Agricultural Library, and  the Library of Congress.  In 2007 she received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, and in 2004 she served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries.

She is a graduate of Smith College, and holds an M.S. in Library Science from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. in German literature from Johns Hopkins University.

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