Welcome to The Scholarly Tales blog! This blog is managed by the research team within KU Leuven Libraries Artes. Here you will find different kinds of useful content geared mainly towards KU Leuven researchers at the Faculty of Arts in particular and the humanities in general:
- Information about tools, training opportunities, and events, inside and outside KU Leuven. This includes, for example, much-needed training opportunities on specific tools. This way, the blog can serve as an intermediary for all kinds of courses/tools related to digital scholarship;
- In-depth posts about common issues that our researchers are faced with;
- Researcher stories or interviews in which researchers can showcase their work and tool use, both to highlight their scholarship and to inspire other Faculty of Arts researchers.
Would you like to stay up to date with new posts on the Scholarly Tales blog right from Outlook? In this blog post we describe how you can do this.
This blog is complementary to our Zotero community, where we are building a library of useful resources within the field of digital scholarship.
We are very much open to input from the research community. If you want to write a post or be involved in the blog in any other way, please get in touch!
Who are we?
Laura Mesotten is the team leader of the KU Leuven Libraries Artes Research Team with an expertise in scholarly communication and Open Science. Her work especially focuses on everything related to Open Access publishing and she co-manages the KU Leuven Fund for Fair OA. She is also the coordinator of Lirias, the academic database of the KU Leuven Association, for the Faculty of Arts. Laura obtained a Bachelor (2010) and Master (2011) in History and a Master (2012) in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven. She also holds a PhD in History (2017) from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her dissertation entitled ‘Behind the curtains of diplomacy: the household, material culture and networks of French ambassadors in Venice (1550-1610)’ studies the social and cultural facets of early modern diplomacy.
Nele Noppe is the information specialist research – focus Research Data Management (RDM) of KU Leuven Libraries Artes. She gives trainings on RDM and helps researchers figure out data-related problems. Nele completed an MA (2005) and PhD (2014) in Japanese Studies at KU Leuven, with stints in several Japanese universities in between. Her research focuses on fan culture, open culture, copyright, digital infrastructure, and what motivates people to publish their creations in particular ways. Nele has worn many hats in and around educational institutions as well as in the non-profit and private sectors. She likes simple solutions that work, clear communication, and learning about new tools and methods.
Leah Budke is the information specialist research – focus digital scholarship in the humanities of KU Leuven Libraries Artes. Her primary role is to advise humanities researchers and teaching staff on digital tools and methods. She has expertise in network analysis and visualization, but is interested in all aspects of digital scholarship. Leah first studied in the United States where she completed a BA in Modern Languages (2011) at Fort Hays State University. Thereafter, she moved to Belgium and completed a BA in Spanish and English Literature and Linguistics (2015) and an MA in English Literature and Linguistics (2016) at Ghent University. She holds a PhD in Literary Studies (2021) from Ghent University. Her dissertation titled ‘Markers and Makers of Tradition: The Serially Published Modernist ‘Little’ Anthology (1912-1930)’ focuses on the role the anthology form played in the context of the early twentieth-century medial environment.
Rebecca Burke is the information specialist research – focus Lirias & communication of KU Leuven Libraries Artes. She is responsible for the daily management of Lirias for the Faculty of Arts and is in charge of coordinating our communication channels (events, blog, websites, etc.). Rebecca holds a Bachelor (2010) and a Master (2011) in History and a Master (2012) in Cultural Studies. Before she joined the Artes research team she worked for the public library of Aarschot, where she was responsible for communication, project development, and events.
Alongside our own contributions, you will find posts authored by other members of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, in particular Demmy Verbeke, head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, and the subject specialists. We will mainly publish in English, with occasional posts in Dutch.