Bookbinding: The First Chapter

With the start of class less than a month away, I’ve been preparing in more ways then one. My tools have all arrived, as has the leather and paper I’ll need. I just finished reading Bookbinding and the Care of Books, which you can actually find online for free here. It goes in depth about leather and board binding, which is what I’ll be doing in Summerfield. And also the deleterious effects of tobacco smoke and gas lamp fumes on leather bindings (though at this point it’s harder to find an library which allows either than it is someone who binds books by hand). All this preparation made me itch to get my hands dirty, but I certainly didn’t want to waste any of my leather or good papers playing around.

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Crowdsourcing and Scorecarding: Experiments to improve aid effectiveness in Uganda

Hello all!

My name is Alena Stern, and I am a rising Senior double majoring in International Relations and Economics.  I am particularly interested in economic development and the role of foreign aid and international assistance in developing countries.  Since my freshmen year, I have been working as a research assistant for the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College.  One of the projects housed at the Institute is AidData, a collaboration between William and Mary, BYU, and Development Gateway that promotes the dissemination, analysis, and understanding of development finance information.  With the generous assistance of the Murray Scholars Program, I will be heading to Uganda this summer to work on two different AidData projects studying how to improve the transparency and effectiveness of the aid sector in Uganda.

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