I’m currently the Curator, Digital Research Services, at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In this position I’m responsible for our social media presence and for a number of projects featuring our medieval manuscript collections, both physical and digitized.

Social Media

I have primary responsibility for the SIMS social media presence. We have accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. We use IFTTT  to manage our cross-posting between different accounts

Tumblr: With over 10,000 followers, Tumblr is our main account for sharing our collections with the public. I manage a student who writes five original posts per week focusing on our digitized collections, and I queue up reblogs of other posts relevant to our interests and I will occasionally add additional original posts. The account posts three times a day including the weekend. Our original posts are set to cross-post to Twitter.

Twitter: Most of our Tweets are cross-posted from our other accounts.

Instagram: Posting on our Instagram is more occasional than on our Tumblr, and due to the nature of the format it focuses less on our digitized collections and more on our interactions with the materials. In particular we make posts when we are cataloging for the BiblioPhilly project.



SIMS Ebooks: I generate and publish ebooks (in the open-source epub format) of our medieval manuscripts. Documentation is on my GitHub.

SIMS Video: I record short video orientations featuring manuscripts from our collections. Videos are posted to the SIMS YouTube channel, and are also published to the institutional repository at Penn.