The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.174  Friday, 27 April 2012


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         April 26, 2012 2:36:30 PM EDT

Subject:     Report on ISE from Coordinating Editor


[Editor’s Note: With permission from Michael Best I have created this report on the Internet Shakespeare Editions that Professor Best delivered to the editors at the annual breakfast meeting. -Hardy ]


Professor Best began by welcoming editors and advisory board members from our sibling organizations, the Queen’s Men Editions (QME) and Digital Renaissance Editions (DRE). Professor Best also welcomed Janelle Jenstad, now both an editor (The Merchant of Venice) and Assistant Coordinating Editor.


Professor Best had communicated most of this year’s news in advance by email but was able to add three additional announcements.


1. The ISE now has a formal agreement with UVic’s University Libraries to supplement the earlier agreement with the university as a whole. The effect of the agreement is to give the ISE a physical home, and support for future fundraising activities.


2. Roberta Livingstone (ISE) and Marjorie Mather (Broadview) are planning a celebratory launch of our joint publications at the next meeting of the SAA, in Toronto.


3. Thanks to the effective networking of Brett Hirsch, we will have access to digitized copies of early works held in the excellent collection of the Boston Public Library.


Professor Best also discussed the fundraising campaign that has just been launched, “Making Waves” (a title inspired by our logo). The campaign is directed by Roberta Livingstone and is aimed at university libraries; those attending the breakfast were provided with a copy of our brochure, and the covering letter to librarians. Those unable to attend will find the information—and copies of the materials—online: 


Janelle Jenstad introduced herself, and outlined the responsibilities she is assuming as Assistant Coordinating Editor. Her focus will be on two areas of the site: performance, where she will be working with Alex Huang, our Performance Editor, and the section on the Life and Times. She invited all editors to review sections of the Life and Times which deal with topics related to the plays they are editing, and to forward suggestions for improvements and enhancements.


Helen Ostovich summarized the current state of the QME site: King Leir is complete, four other plays up in old-spelling, with modern versions on the way, and a further two plays under way. Eleven plays in total have been commissioned.


Brett Hirsch announced that the new site is up and running on the ISE servers, with the DRE “skin” (the appearance of the website) in place. He plans to launch the site officially at the 2013 SAA in Toronto, by which time he expects that there will be some six plays online.


Michael Best

Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions


Department of English, University of Victoria

Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada. 

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