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Heather Wacha CV

email address: wacha2@wisc.edu

I am a historian and librarian whose interests IMG_0520include the history of the book, cartography, manuscript studies, public history, the digital humanities, and multi-spectral imaging.

I am currently pursuing an MLIS degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s iSchool after having received my PhD in Medieval History from the University of Iowa in 2016.

The common thread woven into my professional experiences and research interests is a love of primary source materials, making both materials and the stories they tell accessible to scholarly and public audiences. At the intersection of librarianship and history, the library can play an important role in promoting and archiving collaborative, open access scholarship and publication in the humanities.  As my projects and research demonstrate, I am committed to figuring out how to creatively share collections and to collaboratively facilitate engagement with those collections for all users and readers. 

My recent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities  and CLIR (Council of Library Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Medieval Studies)  have resulted in four peer-reviewed co-authored articles, one co-edited volume on Book History and the Digital Humanities (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021), and a co-authored critical edition of the Cartulary of the Abbey of Pémontré (University of Toronto Press, 2021). Several collaborative projects–with the UW’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, English department, iSchool, Special Collections library, Research Data Services, Ebling Library for the Health Sciences, and the Library of Stains project–have given me the opportunity to publish and present a variety of work in the public sphere. 

Image: Central portal of the Cathedral of Laon.