Name – Sara Wingate Gray

Designation – Teaching Fellow

Organization – University college, London, united Kingdom

Sara Wingate Gray is a researcher, writer and artist. She is a Teaching Fellow at University College London on the interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree programme and has been pursuing her doctoral thesis, focusing on the philosophy of the public library, in the Department of Information Studies (UCL). In 2006 she founded The Itinerant Poetry Library, a worldwide travelling public library of poetry, which she operated full time for three and a half years across eleven countries. From 2007-08 she was The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives (San Francisco State University) first ever Visiting Research Scholar, encouraging the Center and Archive to envision its digital future. She returned in 2011 to help steer their digitization project – The Poetry Center Digital Archive (PCDA), making digitally accessible for the very first time the largest historic collection of poetry recordings outside of the Library of Congress. In 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship in International Librarianship from IREX and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is co-founder of Artefacto, a boutique digital agency working with libraries and cultural and heritage organisations to provide new, creative ways for audiences to engage with collections, and continues to operate The Itinerant Poetry Library (albeit now part time internationally). Her research interests also incorporate special collections and ephemera, poetry and sound, analogue and digital convergence, and the future of libraries and archives and the digital realm. She has presented on these topics across the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA