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    Amanda Licastro

    Andrew Stauffer, Annie Swafford, and I are working on a piece that details the pedagogical applications and implications of the “Book Traces” project. Essentially, Book Traces is an initiative that asks librarians and researchers to search library general collections for pre-1923 books containing marginalia, inscriptions, and insertions left by their original owners. The purpose is to sift through the volumes produced in this era of mass print to locate copies that contain evidence about nineteenth-century readerships, reading practices, circulation, and the social lives of books. Book Traces encourages users to upload images and metadata from marked books they discover, where they are made available via an online database. In various events held on campuses across North America and the UK, librarians have worked with faculty and their students to locate unique volumes, in an interactive, hands-on experience that opens up several important lines of inquiry and collaboration. The data collected is then used by the Book Traces team of faculty and graduate students to research the marginalia, make statistical analyses of the interventions, and, perhaps most importantly, to argue for the preservation of legacy print materials as libraries increasingly go digital.

    This piece would include a description of the project, its theoretical framework, and the execution of its crowd-sourced aspect across campuses in libraries and classrooms around the world. We would also analyze the findings based on the the search results, data analysis, and reflections produced by the participants. Considering the description of your scope of this anthology, we are wondering if you would be interested in this piece as a submission to Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology?

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