Curriculum Vitae

Katharine C. Chandler  

New York, NY

@freyjawaru  (Twitter, Instagram)


M.A., European History (pre-1650 concentration), Villanova University

Master of Library and Information Studies, University of Illinois

A.B., English and Medieval Studies, Smith College

Full-stack immersive software engineering training, December 2020-March 2021, General Assembly NY

Rare Book School Courses  

Advanced Seminar: Medieval Manuscript Studies (Barbara Shailor), 2013  

Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographic Description (David Whitesell), 2012  

The Fifteenth-Century Book in Manuscript and Print (Will Noel and Paul Needham), 2011  

Introduction to Codicology (Albert Derolez), 2010  

Introduction to Paleography (Consuelo Dutschke), 2009  

Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts (Roger Wieck), 2008  

The Book in the Manuscript Era (Barbara Shailor), 2008  

The Music of America on Paper (D. W. Krummel), 2005  

Rare Book School: Certificate of Proficiency with an Area Concentration of the History of Manuscripts awarded July 2012.  


Adjunct professor, School of Information, Pratt Institute (January 2021-present)

Rare books dealer/cataloger, James Cummins Bookseller (February 2020-August 2020) 

Cataloging contract on assignment to the USASH and Benelux-France-Italy divisions, Library of Congress, Backstage, Washington, DC (April 2019-February 2020) 

RCC retroconversion cataloging project, on assignment to the Library of Congress Rare Materials Cataloging Section, LAC Group, Rockville, Maryland (August -December 2018) 

Project Manager, eCIP Cataloging Library of Congress Project, LAC Group, Rockville, Maryland (February -July 2018). 

Rare Books Cataloger, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (February 2017-July 2018).  

Music Cataloger, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (March 2016-January 2017).  

Reference Librarian, Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January 2008-July 2015); Music Department (2006- January 2008)  

Graduate Assistant, Music Library, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois (2004-2006)  

Production Manager, The Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (2002-2004)  

Project Editor, Perseus Books Group, Boulder, Colorado (2000-2002)  

Assistant Editor, Oxford University Press, New York, New York (1998-2000)  


History of the Book  

Children’s Books (English and American)  


Medieval Manuscripts  



Chandler, Katharine. “The Ritual Sacrifice of Women: Misogyny and Art in Fin-de-Siècle Vienna.”   Concept, Vol. XXXIV (2011).  


RBMS 2019, Baltimore: “The Free Library of Philadelphia and Library Exhibition Spaces: What Academic Libraries Can Learn from Nonacademic Libraries and Librarians”  

SIMS-sponsored session at the 54th ICMS, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2019: “Two graduals made for the Chartreuse de Champmol in the time of Charles the Bold”   

SIMS-sponsored session at the 50th ICMS, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 2015  

“The Neo-Gothic in the Medieval Manuscript Collection of John Frederick Lewis (1860-1932)”    

Schoenberg Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014: “Collecting Histories”  

 “From Private Hands to the Public Library: The Donors of the Free Library’s Medieval Manuscripts”  

Ted-X Talk, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, September 2014: “Public treasures inspire generations:

Rowan University, June 2014:  

Perspectives on Chivalry, Medieval to Modern Paper presented: “The Allegorical Goddess in Le Ménagier de Paris”  

RBMS 2014 Las Vegas, June 2014: 

 “Manuscripts from Print: The Pennsylvania Schwenkfelders and their Dangerous Books”  


Sacred Stories: Generations of Sacred Books from the Free Library of Philadelphia, an exhibition of bibles for the Pope’s visit in September, 2015, co-curated with Alexander Devine of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Fated Sky: The Textuality of Time and Space. (September 22, 2014-February 14, 2015)  

At Home on the Stage: Charles Dickens and the Theatre. (June 4, 2012-January 4, 2013)  

The Charming Little Bunny: Collecting Beatrix Potter at the Free Library of Philadelphia. (June 26October 14, 2011)  

Not Since Nineveh: Artifacts from the Ancient Near East in the Free Library of Philadelphia, c.  

3100-300 B.C.E. (August 23, 2010-January 21, 2011)  

Cantate Domino: Medieval Music Manuscripts in the Free Library of Philadelphia, 900-1500. (March  

2-June 26, 2009)  


Member, Controlled Vocabularies, RBMS, 2019-2021 

Co-convener, Curators and Conservators Discussion Group, RBMS, 2018-2020 

Chair, Publications Committee, RBMS, 2014-2016  

Chair, Diversity Committee, RBMS, 2011-2013 

Member, Task Force for Core Competencies, RBMS, 2013-2016  

Member, Scholarships Committee, RBMS, 2013-2016  

Member, Philobiblon Club, Philadelphia, PA  

Member, Medieval Academy  

Member, Renaissance Society of America  

Technical Experience  

Full-stack software development training completed March 2021. HTML, JavaScript, CSS, React, MongoDB, Mongoose, XML, Big O Notation, algorithms, AJAX, full use of APIs.

MARC and RDA cataloging (rare books and music), BibFrame, DCRM(B), AMREMM, Web design and development, digital collections maintenance and development, all Microsoft Office applications, social media, EAD, Archivist’s Toolkit , controlled vocabularies.


French: Adult study through Alliance Française (eight classes from 2012 through 2015, continued individual study)  

German: Eighth grade through twelfth grade; one year of college study at Smith College  

Latin: Twelfth grade year; two years of college; two years of private tutorial study (2012-2013)  

Old English: Two semesters of college study; translations of major poems and all of Beowulf Swedish: Three years of adult study at the Swedish-American Museum in Chicago (2002-2003) and the American-Swedish Museum in Philadelphia (2013-2015)  


2015 ACRL WESS-SEES De Gruyter Grant award  

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, 2011-present  

Kevin Freeman Travel Grant, Music Library Association, 2009  

Donald W. and Marilyn Krummel Award for Rare Book School, 2005  

Graduate Assistantship, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 2002-2004  

Midwest Chapter of the Music Library Association’s Retirees Scholarship for Student Members, 2004