Dr Rose Roberto

Rose has two roles at Bishop Grosseteste University — she is the Teaching Resources Collection Librarian, and since 2019, a part-time lecturer for the School of Humanities, lecturing on history and heritage related courses. Her current research broadly examines the intersection of visual culture and educational publishing, and the hidden histories related to class, gender, and race imbedded in the material culture of the transnational book trade during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prior to undertaking her PhD, Rose was a librarian and archivist at various cultural and scientific institutions in the USA and the UK for over a decade. As BGU’s subject librarian for Initial Teacher Training, TESOL and Children's Literature, she is responsible for the Teaching Resources Collection (TRC), a self-contained collection within BGU Library which houses specialist materials for trainee teachers and those working or intending to work in education, as well as those studying children’s literature.

Rose also maintains the Children’s Literature Collection, which has been developed over the past 50 years. It contains a comprehensive and unique representation of work by classic and contemporary writers of children’s books. Rose works with the RKEU, LiLi to facilitate the students and staff of BGU's use of the TRC, and their broader knowledge of Children’s Literature. With Dr Amy Webster she co-edits The Four Corners.

Along with Dr Sheine Pert, she is a also a founding member of TILIS which engages in discussion, debate, and sharing of useful education resources in the BGU Library to address the long-standing corrosive effects of inequality, and the legacies of other Post-Colonial issues on our contemporary society.

BA(Hons) History

British Libraries, Museums and Archives: A History of Collecting, 1600-2000

Creative Destruction: The Atlantic World in the 17th and 18th centuries

MA Heritage Education, Archaeology and Heritage

Heritage Learning


Rose has previously been a visiting lecturer at the UCLA’s (University of California, Los Angeles) Department of Information Studies in 2018 and early 2019.

Rose’s current research broadly examines the intersection of visual culture and educational publishing, and the hidden histories related to class, gender, and race imbedded in the material culture of the transnational book trade during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Rose completed her PhD at the University of Reading in 2019. Her PhD thesis is entitled: `Democratising Knowledge and Visualising Progress: illustrations in Chambers’s Encyclopaedia, 1859-1892’. <https://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.781235>

Roberto, R. `(Re)assembling reference books + recycling images: the circulation of pirated + legal encyclopaedia content, ‘ IN Circulation and Control: Artistic Culture and Intellectual Property in the Nineteenth Century. Eds. Slauter, W. and Delamaire S. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers. Forthcoming 2021.

Roberto, R. ``J.B. Lippincott”; ``Nation, The”; ``New Masses, The” and the ``Saturday Evening Post” IN Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. Eds. Patton, V. & Dreher, K. New York: Facts on File. Forthcoming 2021.

Roberto, R. and Portera, S. `Re-visualizing Surinam’s indigenous and enslaved women in Metamorphosis, 1650-1705’ IN Roberto, R. and Alexiou, A. Eds. Women in Print: design and (re)construction of personal histories, Volume 1. Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd Forthcoming 2021.

Roberto, R. `Nineteenth-century women writers who contributed to Chambers’s Encyclopaedia' IN Archer-Parré, C., Hinks, J, and Moog, C. Eds. Women in Print: production, distribution and consumption, Volume 2. Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd Forthcoming 2021.

Roberto, R. “The evolution of image making industries and the mid- to late-Victorian press” IN Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 Ed. Finkelstein, D. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2020.

Roberto, R. “Illustrating Animals and Visualising Natural History in Chambers’s Encyclopædias” In Comforting Creatures. Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens 88 (automne 2018).

Parsons. E., and Roberto., R. Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Liverpool and Merseyside. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2017.

Carey, L., Chapman, K., Godfrey, J., Keelan P., Roberto, R. Eds.Art Researchers' Guide to Cardiff and South Wales. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2015.

Burgess, J., Margiliano, E. and Roberto, R. Eds. Art Researchers Guide to Manchester and Salford. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2014.

Fitzpatrick, O., and Roberto, R. Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Dublin. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2013.

Eldon K. and Roberto R., Eds. Art Researchers' Guide to Edinburgh. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2012.

Roberto, R. Roberto, R. “Basic copyright resources for UK archives and special libraries,” in Art Libraries Journal, 37, (2), 2012.

Roberto, R., Ed. Art Researchers' Guide to Leeds. London: Art Libraries Society, UK & Ireland, 2011.

Roberto, R. & Robinson, R. “Incorporating Image Databases into Teaching and Learning” IN Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship. 1st edition. Eds. Glassman, P. & Gluibizzi. A. London: Facet Publishing, 2010.

Roberto, R. “British Slave Trade Legacies: Technology Intersecting Culture,” in Journal of the Society of Archivists, 29, (2), Oct 2008.

Roberto, R. & Abbott, S. “Structuring Interdepartmental Collaboration in E-Learning Design, Delivery, and Support” IN E-Learning and Business Plans: National and International Case Studies. Eds. Norlin, E.M. & Travis. T.A. Plymouth: Scarecrow Press, 2008.

Roberto, R. “A Critical Look at Online Exhibitions and Online Collections: When Creating One Resource is more Effective than the Other,” DESIDOC: The Journal of Library & IT, Vol. 28, (4), Jul 2008.

Willison Trust History of the Book Award, 2020-2021

Research Publication Grant, 2020, Design History Society

Clark Library short-term Fellowship, 2019-2020, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Funding Award, 2015, 2017, 2020, British Association for Victorian Studies

Barry Bloomfield Award, 2019, The Bibliographic Society

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Short-Term Fellowship, 2017- 2018, Joint award from the Library Company of Philadelphia & Historical Society for Pennsylvania

Research Grant, 2018-2019, The Scottish Society Art History

Project Grant, 2018, British Society for History of Science

Research Exhibition Grant, 2017, Design History Society

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship, 2014-2017, University of Reading & National Museums Scotland

Research Grants, 2015 - 2017, 2020 Catherine Mackichan Trust

Minor Grants, 2015 and 2016, Bibliographical Society

Research Grant, 2016, Royal Historical Society

Travel Grant, 2015, Royal Historical Society

ProQuest Research Award, 2011, ARLIS UK & Ireland

AMARC Travel Grant, 2008, Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research

International Travel Grant, 2008, Society of Archivists, UK

Harold T. Pinkett Minority Scholarship, 2001, Society of American Archivists

History of Printed Image Network (HoPIN), Steering Group

Art Libraries Society, UK/Ireland, Equity Steering Group