Rebecca Jefferson, Curator of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida, recently started a blog to promote discussion of and hopefully locate more information on Count Riamo d’Hulst. Rebecca is researching the Count’s life in order to write a book about him and his role in the Cairo Genizah. She shares a fascinating story of how her research began with a single mention of Count Riamo d’Hulst in a newspaper article. She’s published on her findings thus far, but the research hasn’t been easy. In order to help locate additional materials, she’s now blogging and has created a Wikipedia entry for the Count.
This is a great example of how researchers can use the web to both share and further their research. I’m hoping Rebecca soon has new leads, of her own finding and from others!