Valeria Gauz


Valeria Gauz is a rare book librarian with a Master's and a PhD degree in Information Science from the Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia/Universidade Federal Fluminense (IBICT/UFF).  Her thesis (1991) examined the re-establishment of local and national policies for access to and use of rare books in Brazil from the users' perspective, both the patron in the Biblioteca Nacional and in other Brazilian institutions. In 2011, during her PhD research, she investigated the use of rare books digitized on the internet by Colonial Brazil Historians for the production of knowledge from 1995 to 2009, which corresponds to the first fifteen years of digitization projects in libraries, both research libraries and others. The goal of the study was to verify to what extent the digitized rare books on the internet were part of the Historian´ s scholarly communication process in Brazil and a possible impact factor on his research. It investigated the open access to information movement and considered the issue of the so-called "two cultures" in the sciences and the humanities.

In 2010 she taught The History of the Book at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) as a visiting professor and was approved in the second place in the contest for that discipline at the same UFRJ. In 2012, she delivered an invited public address to the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie on ´Early Printing in Brazil´. The lecture was published in the Bulletin du bibliophile in the summer of 2013. In the area of Bibliography, her 800-page Portuguese and Brazilian Books in the John Carter Brown Library, published by that Library in 2006, is of major significance for the study of Brazil´s colonial period. Her first project in 2015 is the virtual exhibition Dedicatórias a Getulio Vargas: Fragmentos de uma Biblioteca. At the moment, her work aims at gathering dispersed collections from verifying the provenance of books, as well as the organization of another bibliography with comments, that of the private library of the former Brazilian president Getulio Vargas.

Dr. Gauz has 14 years of experience at the Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil and seven years at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University (Providence, RI, USA), including the organization of information, curatorship of virtual exhibitions, the compilation of bibliographies and publications, and the construction of web sites with emphasis in navigation. As a manager, she has developed projects that analysed problems and brought about changes. A more detailed reading of her vitae reveals knowledge in areas such as Rare Book Librarianship, Education, Information Science, Scholarly Communication, and Open Access Initiatives. More recently, Information in Museums and Written Heritage have been subjects of research of Dr. Gauz.

Valeria Gauz currently works at the Museu da República, in Rio de Janeiro.