S. Diane Shaw

Special Collections Cataloger

I catalog rare materials (chiefly printed books and manuscripts, as well as other bibliographical formats) for the Smithsonian Libraries' Special Collections, including the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, the National Air and Space Museum Library, the American Art/National Portrait Gallery Library, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library, the National Postal Museum Library, and the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian (all based in the Washington, D.C. area), as well as for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library (located in New York City). It's my delight to be a generalist rare book cataloger for such a diverse group of collections.

I'm an active and enthusiastic participant in various digital and social media initiatives for the Smithsonian Libraries and the Smithsonian Institution at large (the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the SIL Twitter team, and occasional contributor to the Smithsonian Libraries Unbound and the Smithsonian Collections blogs). I enjoy collaborating with colleagues across the Smithsonian, particularly the archival community and SI's web and new media team.

My interests include digital humanities projects and efforts to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) themes in museum exhibitions and public outreach. I like to work with the local and international Glamwiki community on projects to share and improve discovery of library and museum artifacts through Wikipedia and similar collaborative digital projects.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies (Latin and Greek, English literature, and History) from Agnes Scott College (1981), a Master of Arts in Latin from Fordham University (1983), and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986). I also completed the coursework for a PhD in Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (1992). My previous library jobs were in the Fairfax County Public Library (as a high school student), the New York Botanical Garden Library (as a graduate student), and the Duke University Libraries (as rare book cataloger, 1986-1989).

Articles and Slides

* Co-Curator of the exhibition "Science and the Artist's Book," sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts in 1995-1996

* "A Study of the Collaboration between Erasmus of Rotterdam and his Printer Johann Froben at Basel During the Years 1514 to 1527", in the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook 6 (1986): 31-124

* Compiler of "Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web," an international directory of online exhibitions