Cole, Han, Kilton, and Others Receive Renaissance Society of America’s Digital Innovation Award for Emblematica Online 

The work of Mara Wade (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Professor Emerita), in collaboration Timothy Cole (Mathematics Librarian, Library Administration Professor), Myung-ja Han (Head of Acquisitions and Cataloging Services, University Library and Library & Information Science Professor), Thomas Kilton (University Library Emeritus Professor), and Thomas Stäcker (Herzog August Bibliothek Deputy Director), has been honored. This work, Emblematica Online, has been awarded the Renaissance Society of America’s Digital Innovation Award for 2022-2023.  

The largest international organization dedicated to critical examination of the world from 1300-1700, The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) awards projects that represent this area of critical study. Two digital projects were recipients of RSA’s Digital Innovation Award, Emblematica Online was one of the projects recognized. Awardees were honored at the RSA San Juan 2023 Conference Awards Ceremony on March 9th and will be honored again for the RSA’s Online Awards Ceremony in April. Congratulations to library colleagues Timothy Cole, MJ Han, and Thomas Kilton! 

Emblematica Online 

This initiative aims to present emblem books using a unique digital platform and develop a portal for a prominent Renaissance genre of texts and images. Emblematica Online is realizing its objectives through three main activities: Emblem Digitization, creation of functional metadata for German Emblem Databases, and development of the OpenEmblem Portal as an open access research site incorporating book- and emblem-level metadata from Illinois and the Herzog August Bibliothek. Emblematica Online is located at this address:

About the Renaissance Society of America 

The Renaissance Society of America is a globally recognized organization committed to the scholarly examination of the period from 1300-1700 and its contemporary significance. With a focus on encouraging progressive and interdisciplinary research, the RSA cultivates an environment that embraces both established and innovative methodologies. The RSA promotes the dissemination of knowledge through a combination of digital and print publications, hosts both virtual and in-person events to facilitate discussion among diverse communities of scholars and practitioners, and champions the works of its members in the field of Renaissance Studies. Additional information can be found at this address: .  

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