The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations is very pleased to present the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies to Consuelo Dutschke, the Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, a position she has held since 1993. This award signals Dr. Dutschke’s tireless and expert work with manuscript collections in libraries across the country. But this award specifically recognizes her leadership in the creation and development of the project known as Digial Scriptorum (DS), which she began in 1997 and which she has “patiently and tenaciously” developed, organized and promoted to the present.
Digital Scriptorium (with administrative and technical support hosted by the Bancroft Library, Berkeley), provides cross-institutional digital access to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and thereby enhances the knowledge and appreciation of the material and its accessibility. It hosts more than 27000 images from some 6000 manuscripts and has over 30 American Institutions participating in the project, making accessible manuscripts ranging from from the Ellesmere Chaucer to fragments recovered from bindings. Moreover, because of Dr. Dutschke’s expertise, it offers a cataloging standard based on extensive descriptive metadata supported by high resolution digital images; in the words of one nomination, DS has “set the standards for other digitization projects.”
What is more, Consuelo has been a tireless advocate and teacher for the project and its many uses, guided all the while by her “constancy, optimism, and skillful diplomacy,” which has allowed the project to flourish. The letters of nominations were exuberant in their praise for her profound technical skills, the breath of her knowledge, her ability to learn new technologies and media, and her boundless generosity toward colleagues, students and scholars. Her endeavors truly constitute an outstanding contribution to the field of Medieval Studies, for which we humbly thank her and offer this award in recognition.
Anne E. Lester (Chair)