11 February 2009
The Bodleian Library together with Balliol College have established a new joint scholarship for graduate students. The Balliol-Bodley Scholarship was initiated by Balliol Old Member Gillian Einhorn (2007) to enable a suitable Balliol graduate student to participate in the work of the Bodleian Library.
The scholarship will have a value to the holder in line with other College scholarships, but in this case with contributions from both Balliol and the Bodleian.
The first scholar to be awarded the scholarship is Christine Madsen, a DPhil student enrolled at the Oxford Internet Institute, a centre affiliated with Balliol College. Christine's research at the OII focuses on the most pressing issues at the intersection of libraries, librarianship, and the Internet.
Christine Madsen said: ‘I am very honoured and excited to serve as the first Balliol-Bodley Scholar. I truly look forward to being able to work with the extraordinary people and resources of the Bodleian.’
The Balliol-Bodleian Scholarship is awarded every year at the beginning of Hilary Term (January-March). The recipient of the scholarship is expected to work an agree number of hours on appropriate Library projects through the term. Benefits to the Balliol-Bodley Scholar include gaining valuable work experience in original research and in the use of Special Collections; participating in the behind-the-scenes activity of one of the world's top libraries; potentially publishing a paper and/or incorporating findings into personal research; attending (free of charge) events organised by the Bodleian Library.
Chris Fletcher, Head of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library said: ‘We are delighted to be involving research students from Balliol in some of the wide-ranging work undertaken by the Bodleian Library. This is an excellent way for Library staff and the academic community to share expertise, understand one another’s work and ultimately to help further scholarship.’