Dr Rose Roberto
Rose has two roles at Bishop Grosseteste University — she is the Teaching Resources Collection Librarian, and since 2019, a part-time lecturer for the School of Humanities, lecturing on history and heritage related courses. Her current research broadly examines the intersection of visual culture and educational publishing, and the hidden histories related to class, gender, and race imbedded in the material culture of the transnational book trade during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Rose was a librarian and archivist at various cultural and scientific institutions in the USA and the UK for over a decade. As BGU’s subject librarian for Initial Teacher Training, TESOL and Children's Literature, she is responsible for the Teaching Resources Collection (TRC), a self-contained collection within BGU Library which houses specialist materials for trainee teachers and those working or intending to work in education, as well as those studying children’s literature.
Rose also maintains the Children’s Literature Collection, which has been developed over the past 50 years. It contains a comprehensive and unique representation of work by classic and contemporary writers of children’s books. Rose works with the RKEU, LiLi to facilitate the students and staff of BGU's use of the TRC, and their broader knowledge of Children’s Literature. With Dr Amy Webster she co-edits The Four Corners.
Along with Dr Sheine Pert, she is a also a founding member of TILIIs which engages in discussion, debate, and sharing of useful education resources in the BGU Library to address the long-standing corrosive effects of inequality, and the legacies of other Post-Colonial issues on our contemporary society.
Since 2019, Rose has been responsible for designing and lecturing on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:
BA (Hons) History
HIS 404 — British Libraries, Museums and Archives: A History of Collecting, 1600-2000
HIS 406 – History of Identity: Sexuality, Class, Race and Gender
HIS 506 – People and Places: Researching Local History
HIS 508 – Creative Destruction: The Atlantic World in the 17th and 18th Centuries
HIS 602 – Crime, Justice and Punishment: 1750-1950
HIS 604 – The Sun Never Set & Blood Never Dried: The British Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century
HIS 606 — The Cold War and the Space Age
MA Heritage Education, Archaeology and Heritage
HED 702 — Heritage Learning
Rose’s current research broadly examines the intersection of visual culture and educational publishing, and the hidden histories related to class, gender, and race imbedded in the material culture of the transnational book trade during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Rose completed her PhD at the University of Reading in 2019. Her PhD thesis is entitled: `Democratising Knowledge and Visualising Progress: illustrations in Chambers’s Encyclopaedia, 1859-1892’. <https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.781235>
Roberto, R. ``J.B. Lippincott”; ``Nation, The”; ``New Masses, The” and the ``Saturday Evening Post” IN Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. Eds. Patton, V. & Dreher, K. New York: Facts on File. Forthcoming 2023.
Roberto, R. and Alexiou, A. Eds. Women in Print: Design and Identities, Volume 1 Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd 2022.
Roberto, R. 'Working Women: Female Contributors to Chambers’s Encyclopaedia' IN Archer-Parré, C., Hinks, J, and Moog, C. Eds. Women in Print: Production, Distribution and Consumption, Volume 2. Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd, 2022
Roberto, R. `‘(Re)Assembling Reference Books and Recycling Images: The Wood Engravings of the W. & R. Chambers Firm ‘ IN Circulation and Control: Artistic Culture and Intellectual Property in the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Slauter, W. and Delamaire S. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. October 2021.
Roberto, R. “The evolution of image making industries and the mid- to late-Victorian press” IN Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 Ed. Finkelstein, D. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2020.
Roberto, R. “Illustrating Animals and Visualising Natural History in Chambers’s Encyclopædias” In Comforting Creatures. Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 88 (automne 2018).
Parsons. E., and Roberto., R. Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Liverpool and Merseyside. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2017.
Carey, L., Chapman, K., Godfrey, J., Keelan P., Roberto, R. Eds.Art Researchers' Guide to Cardiff and South Wales. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2015.
Burgess, J., Margiliano, E. and Roberto, R. Eds. Art Researchers Guide to Manchester and Salford. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2014.
Fitzpatrick, O., and Roberto, R. Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Dublin. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2013.
Eldon K. and Roberto R., Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Edinburgh. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2012.
Roberto, R. Roberto, R. “Basic copyright resources for UK archives and special libraries,” in Art Libraries Journal, 37, (2), 2012.
Roberto, R., Ed. Art Researchers' Guide to Leeds. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2011.
Roberto, R. & Robinson, R. “Incorporating Image Databases into Teaching and Learning” IN Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship. 1st edition. Eds. Glassman, P. & Gluibizzi. A. London: Facet Publishing, 2010.
Roberto, R. “British Slave Trade Legacies: Technology Intersecting Culture,” in Journal of the Society of Archivists, 29, (2), Oct 2008.
Roberto, R. & Abbott, S. “Structuring Interdepartmental Collaboration in E-Learning Design, Delivery, and Support” IN E-Learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies. Eds. Norlin, E.M. & Travis. T.A. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Roberto, R. “A Critical Look at Online Exhibitions and Online Collections: When Creating One Resource is more Effective than the Other,” DESIDOC: The Journal of Library & IT, Vol. 28, (4), Jul 2008.
Fellowship, Higher Education Academy, 2021
Willison Trust History of the Book Award, 2020-2021
Research Publication Grant, 2020, Design History Society
Clark Library short-term Fellowship, 2019-2020, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Funding Award, 2015, 2017, 2020, British Association for Victorian Studies
Barry Bloomfield Award, 2019, The Bibliographic Society
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Short-Term Fellowship, 2017- 2018, Joint award from the Library Company of Philadelphia & Historical Society for Pennsylvania
Research Grant, 2018-2019, The Scottish Society Art History
Project Grant, 2018, British Society for History of Science
Research Exhibition Grant, 2017, Design History Society
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship, 2014-2017, University of Reading & National Museums Scotland
Research Grants, 2015 - 2017, 2020 Catherine Mackichan Trust
Minor Grants, 2015 and 2016, Bibliographical Society
Research Grant, 2016, Royal Historical Society
Travel Grant, 2015, Royal Historical Society
ProQuest Research Award, 2011, ARLIS UK & Ireland
AMARC Travel Grant, 2008, Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research
International Travel Grant, 2008, Society of Archivists, UK
Harold T. Pinkett Minority Scholarship, 2001, Society of American Archivists