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Sophia Tobin – Goldsmiths’ Company

30/07/2020

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Sophia Tobin is Deputy Librarian at the Goldsmiths Company, one of The City of London Livery Companies. Sophia explains the role of the Company in the modern world, the role of the library within the organisation, who uses the library, and discusses the kind of work she is involved in on a daily basis.

Sophia talks about the engagement and digitisation projects already underway for the 700th anniversary of The Company's Royal Charter in 2027.

The interview highlights a changing role for Librarians and Archivists as not just knowledge guardians but as data stewards, guiding visitors through the library's content. She discusses opening the collection to a wider audience via digitisation but at the same time encouraging users to physically experience the treasures of the Library at the Goldsmiths' Hall.

The collection ranges from Anglo-Norman French documents written on vellum to digital files from the 1980s. Sofia picks some of her favourites including an illuminated lapidary of gemstone cuts from the 1300s, correspondence from Thomas Cromwell and a first edition of the 1677 "A Touchstone for Gold and Silver Wares: Or, a Manual for Goldsmiths, and All Other Persons".

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Sophia Tobin – Goldsmiths’ Company

Sophia Tobin is Deputy Librarian at the Goldsmiths Company, one of The City of London Livery Companies. Sophia explains the role of the Company in the modern world, the role of the library within the organisation, who uses the library, and discusses the kind of work she is involved in on a daily basis.

Sophia talks about the engagement and digitisation projects already underway for the 700th anniversary of The Company's Royal Charter in 2027.

The interview highlights a changing role for Librarians and Archivists as not just knowledge guardians but as data stewards, guiding visitors through the library's content. She discusses opening the collection to a wider audience via digitisation but at the same time encouraging users to physically experience the treasures of the Library at the Goldsmiths' Hall.

The collection ranges from Anglo-Norman French documents written on vellum to digital files from the 1980s. Sofia picks some of her favourites including an illuminated lapidary of gemstone cuts from the 1300s, correspondence from Thomas Cromwell and a first edition of the 1677 "A Touchstone for Gold and Silver Wares: Or, a Manual for Goldsmiths, and All Other Persons".

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