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More sneak peeks of vHMML Reading Room, our new online environment for working with compete digitized manuscripts. Our web developers are still sweating the details, but we're preparing for a live launch soon. Included are two screenshots: the first, a screenshot illustrating the two-panel view, and the second showing the user-added metadata form.

HMML's mission is to not only preserve manuscript collections, but also advance manuscript research and scholarly inquiry. vHMML is unique in many ways, but importantly, it is inclusive of many different cultures, faith traditions and time periods. By far, HMML holds the world's largest collection of resources for the study of manuscript cultures, both east and west. And the new vHMML Reading Room will eventually be the world's largest collection of manuscript images.

Other components of vHMML are already live, including vHMML School, which provides online tutorials in paleography, codicology and manuscript studies; and vHMML Folio, offering highly annotated and transcribed images of manuscript pages from various traditions around the globe and across the ages. See these components at www.vhmml.org. As always, visit www.hmml.org for more information about HMML and our global preservation work.

Watch for a couple more screenshots later this week!
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The Spring 2016 Issue of Melitensia, the Newsletter of our Malta Study Center, is now available online for reading http://bit.ly/2a824Dd. You can find all back issues on Calameo.com or here http://bit.ly/1AJ6SRE
Newsletter of the Malta Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
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Today is the Feast of St. Benedict, the patron of western monasticism. It's a major feast day at Saint John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and for many monks it is the anniversary of the day on which they made their first vows.

HMML is firmly grounded in Benedictine values. For 1,500 years, Benedictines have been glorifying God by creating, caring for, and preserving books, art, and architecture of enduring quality and beauty. Whether manuscript, printed book, or work of art, each piece in HMML's collections reflects the way humans imagine and communicate what is sacred to them.
See more about HMML's history at: http://www.hmml.org/hmml-history.html

Have a little more time? Indulge in this 45 minute lecture from Fr Columba on Benedictine values and preservation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRDG_4O59hI

IMAGE: Benedict with his book. Fifteenth-century manuscript from the Austrian National Library, Vienna, Codex Vindobonensis Palatinus 15501 : HMML Color Microfilms:http://cdm.csbsju.edu/…/collect…/HMMLClrMicr/id/22494/rec/88
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The latest issue of "Illuminations" is now online! Inside, read about our digitization project with the Abba Garima Gospels in Ethiopia, get an update on our field work in Iraq, and learn more about vHMML Reading Room, which will eventually become the world's largest online collection of manuscripts.
http://www.hmml.org/…/…/100190_sju_illuminations_rev5-26.pdf
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Manuscripts are influenced by the cultures that created them. The same could be said about architecture. Here's an interesting blog piece on how changes in religion and monasticism changed the design and layout of monasteries.

http://www.digventures.com/2016/06/what-anglo-saxon-monasteries-have-that-medieval-ones-dont/
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The Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory (MMRL) wrapped up last Friday at our offices in Collegeville. The workshop was developed by the Center for Medieval Studies (CMS) of the Institute for Advanced Study in the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. The students experienced a week-long intensive introduction to manuscript studies, including classes on paleography, codicology and transcription. Here are a few snapshots from the week. Interested? Applications for the 2017 summer workshop open up in spring 2017. Bookmark: http://www.hmml.org/mmrl.html
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For the past few months, we’ve kept our web developers, cataloguers and curators chained to their desks, working diligently on the development of vHMML Reading Room, our new online environment for working with complete digitized manuscripts.

vHMML Reading Room will eventually be the world’s largest online and searchable collection of manuscripts. It’s been a four-year, collaborative effort and while development continues - we're getting ready to live soon! - we’re also letting researchers take a sneak peek. Here's a screenshot of the new dashboard that gives search, view and description information. Other components of vHMML are already live at vhmml.org. Watch for more information soon!
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It's summer here in Collegeville and the temperature is rising, with heat indexes reaching 100F in the coming days. Our offices are busy, hosting several scholars, visitors to the Reading Room and the Dumbarton Oaks/HMML Syriac Summer School. But Lake Sagatagan is right around the corner, so you may find us taking a dip come late afternoon. Swimsuits, however, are required.

Image is an 18th Century illuminated manuscript from Zisterzienserstift library in Zwettl, Austria (Codex Zwettlensis 420/2)
http://bit.ly/29Vl5bh
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A photo can truly tell a thousand stories: Archaeologists are using declassified spy satellite images to research ancient sites, discovering information about past settlements that digging alone cannot reveal.

A snippet from the piece: "Archaeologists are poring over each image, looking for anomalous landscape features, such as unusual lines or odd patterns. The numbers so far have been astonishing. Together with other recently declassified U.S. satellite photos—from the ARGON, HEXAGON, GAMBIT, and LANYARD programs—the images include shots of roughly 4,200 previously known sites. However, archaeologists have now identified as many as 12,000 new sites of potential historic interest. Satellite photos originally taken for international espionage have truly been “a bonanza for archaeology,” in Casana’s words."
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HMML Metadata Librarian Eileen Smith attends the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference this week, opening today. She'll present about HMML's 50 years of work preserving cultural around the world on Friday during a poster session. Get a preview of her presentation online: http://www.hmml.org/hmml--rbms-2016.html

Photo included is the March 2009 collapse of the Historisches Archiv der Stadt Köln, Germany (credit: Speigel Online International). HMML has 1,300+ manuscripts preserved on microfilm from this library, as HMML teams worked there from 1980-1982. Some of the manuscripts from Köln date back to the 10th century.
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Today is the feastday for Saint Columba, patron of Derry, floods, bookbinders, poets, Ireland, Scotland. So today, of course, we honor our Executive Director, Fr Columba Stewart, OSB. Find out more about his renowned career - and his upcoming project: bit.ly/1PWEsKP
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HMML engages in cultural preservation work around the world and this week, HMML Executive Director Father Columba Stewart, OSB, talks about that work in Hungary. Fr Columba will be giving a lecture Tuesday evening, June 7, at Central European University in Budapest from 5:30-8pm in the Gellner Room. Please attend if you are able!

https://cems.ceu.edu/events/2016-06-07/outracing-ignorance-preserving-manuscripts-threatened-war-and-cultural-trafficking
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) began in 1965 as a project to microfilm monastic manuscripts in Cold War Europe. Since then HMML's focus has widened to libraries in Ethiopia, the Middle East, South India, and the Timbuktu region of Mali. HMML digitized manuscripts in Syria from ...
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(320) 363 - 3222
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Saint John's University P. O. Box 7300 Collegeville, MN 56321
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Digital manuscript preservation for scholarly research
Introduction
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s (HMML) mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog, and archive endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities around the world. Having formed partnerships with over 520 libraries and archives, HMML has photographically preserved over 125,000 medieval, renaissance, and early-modern manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India. These resources, available through HMML’s online catalog, OLIVER, and image database, Vivarium, have become essential tools for global manuscript research. HMML is the home of The Saint John’s Bible. HMML is located on the campus of Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN.