Wadham Library’s Persian Section scoops award

2nd December 2013

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The Persian Studies Section of Wadham College Library won special recognition at this year’s Oxford ‘Annual Teaching Awards' ceremony.

  • Recipients of the Oxford Teaching Awards 2013 at this year's ceremony, with Vice Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, in the Centre.

  • Winners in the 'Bodleian Libraries Award in Support of Teaching and Learning' category. (Tim Kirtley, third from left).

  • (L to R) Tim Kirtley, Dr Gillian Evison, Head of the Oriental Section, Bodleian Libraries, and Dr John Gurney, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College.

College Librarian, Tim Kirtley, collected a 'Bodleian Library Award for Support of Teaching and Learning'. The award was presented by University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, on 12 November, 2013.

The award, shared between Wadham Library and the Oriental Institute, recognises the work involved in opening up and extending reference access to Wadham library’s specialist Persian collection across the University Of Oxford.  The collaborative work of Wadham library with the Bodleian's Islamic curatorial team, to provide a more integrated university-wide approach to supporting students studying Persian, was also commended.

“One of the major contributors to this collaborative project has been Martyn Minty, former Librarian of the Oriental Institute, who has been working in Wadham Library's Persian Section as an advisor,” commented Tim Kirtley.

Dr Stephen Goss, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University and Fellow of Wadham, officiated at the ceremony in his capacity as Director of the Oxford Learning Institute. Wadham’s Fellow Librarian, Professor Robin Fiddian, also attended the ceremony, along with Wadham Emeritus Fellow, Dr John Gurney, who originally established the Persian collection at Wadham in the 1970s, and who curated the collection for many years.