About Alex

Alex Alsemgeest (1980) is a Dutch book historian and bibliographer. Alex currently works as project manager for the project ‘Unlocking the Fagel Collection’ at Trinity College Library in Dublin. He also writes a book for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam about the various collections of books in the museum. Starting 20 September 2021 he will take up the post of Curator of Library Collections at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

His professional interests include the history of collections, early modern book trade, natural history, material culture and cultural transfer, specifically between Sweden and the Netherlands. Some earlier completed projects include a full-scale investigation of the historical collections of the library of the House of Representatives in The Hague (2018-2020), the Leufsta project of Uppsala University Library (2018-2020) and the bibliographical description of the Bibliotheca Carcinologica at Naturalis Biodiversity Center (2013-2015). What all these projects have in common is that detailed bibliographical description of individual objects and the creation of structured data, form a solid base for research, education and public outreach.  

Publications by Alex include books, chapters, peer-reviewed articles, popular work and blog posts. The book In krabbengang door kreeftenboeken (2016) won a nomination for the Jan Wolkers Prijs for the best nature book of the year. His master thesis Dutch connections in Swedish collections (2017) was nominated for the Elsevier/Johan de Witt-scriptieprijs in October 2017, and honoured with the Dr. P.A. Tiele-Stichting scriptieprijs in April 2018.

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