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Dr. Debra Cashion, PhD, MLIS



Debra Cashion, recently appointed as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, is Assistant Librarian in the Department of Special Collections, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library. Debra, who has a PhD in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, is a specialist in medieval and early modern manuscripts, early modern printed illustration, and the history of intellectual property. This past June she taught a full-day workshop in cataloging medieval manuscripts for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She has served as Project Curator for large-scale digitization projects for the Free Library of Philadelphia and the University of Pittsburgh, and plays an active role in the governance and bibliographic standards of Digital Scriptorium, a nation-wide consortium of libraries with medieval manuscripts collections accessible through a digital union catalog. Debra was an organizer and contributing author to Leaves of Gold, a landmark exhibition in 2001 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which resulted from a city-wide effort to catalog the hidden treasures in Philadelphia collections. She is passionate about open access to works of cultural heritage and to creating imaginative and collaborative digital resources for studying them. 



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