Robert C. Horn Papyrus Collection Project Status Update

This project’s goal is to create an “open” exhibition of Trexler Library’s Robert C. Horn Papyrus Collection. In consultation with Muhlenberg’s Special Collections Librarian, Susan Falciani, we have decided on a clean layout, that presents easy access to the images of the papyri themselves, along with transcription and translation. Additionally, several tools will be presented in the exhibit that will …

Open Scholarship Project

Muhlenberg College is the proud owner of the Robert C. Horn Papyrus Collection which consists of 36 papyrus fragments that date from late-antique Egypt (~400 C.E.). Through the hard work and dedication of Susan Falciani, these pieces are now available online through a platform called “Shared Shelf”. This platform, however, is not particularly user friendly, and can provide a barrier to our …

Reciprocal Influence?

Most of the discussions around “open scholarship” seem to presuppose that access is an unambiguous good. Inasmuch as the inclusion of the views and analyses of trained professionals might influence (and perhaps elevate) the discourse, this assumption makes sense. However, is the influence reciprocal? Does writing with a larger audience (a different public) affect the level of discourse in the …

On “Openness”

As part of a faculty learning community on “Open Scholarship” I will be posting a series of blog posts on the concept itself and potential uses/implications. This post is the first in the series. One of the first “moves” that I teach my students about reading academic writing is to practice reading for different purposes. Two of these purposes are …