About Me

img_0891-copyLaura Aydelotte is the director of the Philadelphia Playbills Project at Penn Libraries where her curatorial work with the Furness Shakespeare Library collection led to an interest in the library’s uncatalogued and hidden collection of playbills. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Chicago and is a scholar of medieval and Renaissance poetry and drama, with publications on Shakespeare and early modern literature. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and has also worked at the Newberry Library Chicago, where she held the post of Interim Assistant Director for the Center for Renaissance Studies, and for Princeton University Libraries, where she acted as a short term consultant for the Lapidus Reperta Project. She has worked for Penn Libraries for the past four years at at the intersection of Digital Humanities work and Special Collections librarianship both on the Playbills Project and the Provenance Online Project (POP). An expert in the fields of both book history and digital humanities,  Laura is passionate about sharing the many wonderful, whimsical and profound aspects of material texts from across history both in person with visitors to the Kislak Center and, through digital projects, with people all over the world.