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People involved in the action

André Bouwman

Dr André Bouwman

Dr André Bouwman (1958) is Curator of Western Manuscripts at Leiden University Libraries. Previously he held positions at the National Library of The Netherlands, the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and has been working at the Leiden University Libraries since 1990 (in the years 2011-2020 as Chief Curator). He studied Dutch language and literature at the Free University Amsterdam, and took his PhD at Leiden University. His publications focus on book history, history of humanities and philology.

Marco de Niet

Marco de Niet

Marco de Niet (1962) is the Manager of the Research and Education Services Division and Deputy Director of Leiden University Libraries. Both the academic and special collections, as well as the direct services to students and researchers are part of this division. Prior to UBL he was the Director of the DEN foundation, the Dutch knowledge center for digital cultural heritage and Head of Innovative Projects and Digital Preservation at the National Library of the Netherlands. He is representing the Europeana Network Assocation in the Supervisory Board of the Europeana Foundation. His main interests are in digital strategies, impact, digital preservation and cross-sectoral collaboration in the public domain. He studied Dutch language and literature, and the History of the Book at Leiden University.

Erik-Jan Dros

Erik-Jan Dros

Erik-Jan Dros (1992) graduated in 2020 from Leiden University. He studied Book History and History, with a specialization in medieval and early modern history. Between 2018 and 2020 he worked at the Academic Historical Museum in Leiden on the archives of student associations and of other organisations related to Leiden University and at Leiden University Libraries on a project of making the inventories of the KITLV (the Dutch Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) digitally available.

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