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Will Noel

Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Shoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania

Will Noel oversees the collections, research services and public programs of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. As founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Will orchestrates its integration with Penn's broad primary source holdings and guides the programs that will support scholarship in the many disciplines that draw on the Libraries' rare and unique materials. A specialist in the fields of Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman manuscripts, Will came to Penn in 2012 from The Walters Art Museum where he had been Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books since 1997. Will has groundbreaking experience in the application of digital technologies to manuscript studies and is especially well known for directing an international program to conserve, image and study the Archimedes Palimpsest, the unique source for three treatises by the ancient Greek mathematician. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities he built the Digital Walters, an open access library that presents full digital surrogates and catalogs of illuminated Islamic, English, Dutch, Central European, Armenian, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Flemish manuscripts. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge University England, Will held positions at Downing College, Cambridge University, as Director of Studies in the History of Art; and at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, as Assistant Curator of Manuscripts. He is on the faculty of the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Will has published widely on medieval manuscripts, and curated numerous exhibitions. He is a TED Speaker, a FOO Camp veteran, and a White House Open Science Champion of Change.


PANEL: Opening the Archive I
TITLE: “What Does An Open Archive Look Like?”
TIME: Saturday, September 13, 2:00 – 2:30pm