Megan Rosenbloom

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Megan Rosenbloom
Megan Rosenbloom.jpg
Rosenbloom in 2016
EducationDrexel University (BA)
University of Pittsburgh (MLIS)
OccupationMedical librarian
Known fordeathsalon.org
Anthropodermic Book Project

Megan Rosenbloom is a medical librarian and expert on anthropodermic bibliopegy.[1] She is a team member of The Anthropodermic Book Project, a group which scientifically tests skin-bound books to determine if their origins are human.[2]

Education[edit]

Rosenbloom got her Bachelor of Arts from Drexel University in 2004, majoring in journalism. She received her MLIS from University of Pittsburgh in 2008.[3]

Career[edit]

Rosenbloom works as a medical librarian at University of Southern California Norris Medical Library, and as an obituary editor for the Journal of the Medical Library Association.[4]

Through her library work, Rosenbloom had access to a large number of old and rare medical books that were also about death.[4][5] She began doing public lectures on the way the history of medical advancements are intertwined with the use of nameless corpses and met Caitlin Doughty; together they curate Death Salon events.[6] Rosenbloom believes the more people deny the inevitability of death, "the more people are psychically destroyed when it happens in their lives.".[7] She co-founded and directs Death Salon, the events arm of The Order of the Good Death where people can have conversations and discussions with others about death.[8] Death Salons are a mix of private Order of the Good Death business and public events, happening nearly annually since 2013.[9][10]

As a member of the The Anthropodermic Book Project, Rosenbloom and her colleagues Daniel Kirby, Richard Hark and Anna Dhody use a technique known as peptide mass fingerprinting to determine if the binding on books is of human origin.[11] Rosenbloom is part of the outreach team, trying to convince rare book libraries to have their books tested.[11]

Writing[edit]

  • Rosenbloom, Megan (Summer 2016). "A Book by its Cover: Identifying & Scientifically Testing the World's Books Bound in Human Skin" (PDF). The Watermark: Newsletter of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences. 39 (3): 20–22. ISSN 1553-7641.
  • Rosenbloom, Megan (19 October 2016). "A Book by Its Cover". Lapham’s Quarterly. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  • Rosenbloom, Megan (2020). Dark Archives:A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374134709. Retrieved 5 February 2020.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Team". The Anthropodermic Book Project. 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  2. ^ "Dark Archives - Megan Rosenbloom". US Macmillan. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  3. ^ Journal, Library (2016-03-16). "Megan Rosenbloom - Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators". Library Journal. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  4. ^ a b Price, Sallyann (2019-10-22). "Newsmaker: Megan Rosenbloom". American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  5. ^ Pattillo, Ali; Betuel, Emma; Sloat, Sarah (2020-01-30). "Counterintuitive study reveals a potential silver lining to lying". Inverse. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  6. ^ "About Us". Death Salon. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  7. ^ Hayasaki, Erika (2013-10-25). "Death Is Having a Moment". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  8. ^ "Megan Rosenbloom". USC Libraries. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
  9. ^ O'Connor, Kim (2013-05-16). "A Profile of the Order of the Good Death". Pacific Standard. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  10. ^ Ortiz, Jen (2019-10-21). "Death Positivity Movement - I'm Afraid of Dying". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2020-02-06.
  11. ^ a b Davis, Simon (2015-10-19). "The Quest to Discover the World's Books Bound in Human Skin". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2020-02-06.

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