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Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.

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RBS Receives $279,830 Grant to Fund IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians

[31 March 2014] We are extremely pleased to announce that Rare Book School has received a grant of $279,830 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through their Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. This grant will fund a fellowship program to help educate and contribute to the professional development of early-career special collections librarians, with a special emphasis on recruiting participants currently underrepresented in the field. Over the next two years, forty library school students and library professionals in the early stages of their careers in special collections will receive funding to take a course at Rare Book School as well as to attend the annual preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The grant also funds a replicable, longitudinal study of the program's impact on the professional development and career growth of participating fellows.

"Rare Book School is honored to receive this vote of confidence from one of the most prestigious organizations in our field," said Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. "We very much look forward to putting the granted funds to good use to help ensure the long-term stewardship and mediation of cultural heritage in the United States for this and future generations."

Applications for the first cohort of IMLS Fellows will be accepted this fall, and the two cohorts of fellows will attend RBS courses and the RBMS preconference in the summers of 2015 and 2016. Watch our Fellowships page for more information.

For the complete IMLS announcement, see the full post.

Reminder: RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Due 7 April

[26 March 2014] Applications for the 2014–15 RBS-UVA Fellowships are due on Monday, 7 April, by 5 pm. Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia are invited to apply for these fellowships, designed to enhance research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials.

Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2014, and will submit a final project to RBS by 13 April 2015.

See the RBS-UVA Fellowships page for eligibility requirements and application information, and for links to biographies and projects of previous RBS-UVA Fellows.

Michael Suarez to Deliver Lecture on Franklin's Way to Wealth

[13 March 2014] Rare Book School, in partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book, is pleased to announce a lecture by RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J.: "Benjamin Franklin's Way to Wealth: The Making of an International Best-Seller." The lecture will be held on Thursday, 20 March at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute / Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the RBS suite, 118 Alderman Library. More details here.

Announcing the Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book

[25 February 2014] Rare Book School is delighted to announce a grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Foundation to fund the Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book. These scholarships will include tuition and stipends to attend an RBS course, and will be awarded to individuals actively engaged in hands-on work with printed artifacts and who are ineligible for funding or financial aid through their places of work. Bookbinders, letterpress printers, graphic designers, conservators, papermakers, printmakers, type designers, and other book artists and artisans are invited to apply.

Applicants will be asked to submit a short personal statement in which they describe: their work with books; their reasons for wishing to attend RBS; the likelihood of their ability to share the knowledge they gained at RBS with others in the book arts or conservation communities; and their need for financial aid. Fath Scholars will be selected on the basis of their ability to address these points, as well as the demonstrated quality of their work, their seriousness of purpose in attending RBS, and their financial need. Extra consideration will be given to applicants who own and operate their own businesses, and/or whose work has an especially historical focus.

Fath Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis as part of the regular RBS scholarship cycle, with applications available in early September and due on 15 October. Scholarship recipients must claim their award within two years.

RBS Establishes Buice Scholarship Fund for Returning Students

[12 February 2014] Rare Book School is extremely pleased to announce the establishment of our first-ever scholarship opportunity for returning RBS students. In honor of Bill Buice, member of the Rare Book School Board of Directors for a dozen years and Chairman of the Board from 2008 until January 2014, we have created the William T. Buice III Scholarship, which will cover full RBS tuition for returning students with demonstrable financial need. Applicants from all fields are invited to apply.

The Buice Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis as part of the regular RBS Scholarship cycle, with applications available in early September and due on 15 October. Scholarship recipients must claim their awards within two years.

We have long recognized the pressing need to provide scholarships for returning students as part of the School's service to the ongoing education of librarians, conservators, and others who do not have the means to support their professional development. We are delighted to be able to do so now in recognition of Bill Buice's exemplary service to Rare Book School, and we are thankful indeed to those who have contributed to the fund.

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Alice Schreyer to Chair RBS Board of Directors

[28 January 2014] The Rare Book School Board of Directors held their annual meeting on Saturday, 25 January at the New York Public Library. This meeting marked the completion of the term of William T. Buice III as chairman of the Board of Directors, a post he has held with great distinction since 2008. Bill has served on the Board since 2002, and his organizational insight, sagacious advice, and generosity of spirit have been deeply appreciated by the Rare Book School Board and staff. The Board honored Bill with a heartfelt resolution in recognition of his many years of service, and with the establishment of a scholarship fund in his honor (public announcement coming soon!).

The Board approved the election of Alice Schreyer as its new chair, with Robert Gross as vice-chair, Giovanni Favretti as secretary, and Joan Friedman as treasurer.

Alice Schreyer is Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections at the University of Chicago Library, where she was previously director of the Special Collections Research Center. Before coming to the University of Chicago, she held positions at the University of Delaware, the Library of Congress, and Columbia University. Alice was the founding editor of Rare Books & Manuscripts from 1988 to 1993, and has taught the Rare Book School course Special Collections Librarianship since 2001. She has served on the RBS Board since 2004, and has been secretary since 2009.

See the full post for more updates and announcements from the January Board meeting.

RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Open

[21 January 2014] Applications for the 2014–15 RBS-UVA Fellowships are now being accepted. Rare Book School invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials.

Significant dates for the fellowship application process:

5 February 2014: Information Reception (4–6 pm; 118 Alderman Library)
6 February 2014: Information Reception (4–6 pm; 118 Alderman Library)
25 March 2014: Project Proposal Workshop (4:30–6 pm; 118 Alderman Library)
7 April 2014: Application Deadline (5 pm)

Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2014, and will submit a final project to RBS by 13 April 2015.

See the RBS-UVA Fellowships page for eligibility requirements and application information, and for links to biographies and projects of previous RBS-UVA Fellows.

Apply Now for Summer 2014 Courses

[8 January 2014] Applications for summer 2014 courses are now being accepted via the myRBS online application system.

Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) for summer courses by 15 February.

See the Application & Admissions page for more details.

2013 Scholarship Awards Announced

[16 December 2013] Rare Book School is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Scholarship Committee awards. Competition was particularly intense this year, so congratulations to all!

Directors' Scholarship Fund:

Concetta Barbera
Sonia Hazard
Alexandra Bicknell
Erika Jenns
Benjamin Breen
Laura Kremmel
Alex Brooks
Nina Mamikunian
Julie Carlsen
Cara Schlesinger
Heather Furnas
Kim Schwenk
Susan Gualtier
Brynn White
Emily Hagens
Shannon Wilsey

ASECS Scholarship: Jordan Howell

Atlas Systems Scholarship: Nicole Dittrich

BSA-RBS Scholarship: Megan Peiser

James Davis Scholarship: Maria Lin

SHARP-RBS Scholarship:

Patrick Crowley
Jillian Linster
Robb Haberman  Nikolaus Wasmoen

RBS Director to Deliver Keynote at Library of Congress Authenticity Symposium

[4 December 2013] Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will deliver the keynote address at the Authenticity of Print Materials symposium on Friday, 6 December 2013 at the Library of Congress.

Several RBS faculty members will also be participating in the symposium: Mark Dimunation will deliver opening remarks, Tim Barrett will speak on "Authenticity & Authentication of 15th-Century European Papers," and Paul Needham will discuss "Authenticating and Deauthenticating the ML Sidereus Nuncius" alongside current RBS-Mellon fellow Nick Wilding.

See the full symposium schedule for more details.

Rare Book School at the Boston Book Fair

[12 November 2013] If you'll be in Boston this weekend (15–17 November) for the always-delightful Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, please be sure to stop by the Rare Book School table on Cultural Row. We'll be at Booth 431 (floor plan), with printed copies of our just-released 2014 schedule, some recent RBS posters, a slideshow of images from 2013 RBS classes, and more.

Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Assistant Director & Curator of Collections Barbara Heritage, Assistant Curator of Collections Tess Goodman, and Director of Communications & Outreach Jeremy Dibbell will all be at the Fair, at the RBS table and around the show floor. We look forward to seeing many RBS friends in Boston!

The Book: A Global History Published by Oxford University Press

[5 November 2013] New from Oxford University Press, The Book: A Global History is a concise edition of the Oxford Companion to the Book, first published in 2010. This volume includes all fifty-one thematic studies and regional/national book histories from the OCB, as well as three new essays covering censorship, copyright and intellectual property, and book history in the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Like the OCB, The Book: A Global History was co-edited by RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. Rare Book School faculty members James Mosley, David Pearson, and Soren Edgren are among the volume's contributing authors, as is RBS Director of Communications & Outreach Jeremy Dibbell.

The Book: A Global History is now available directly from the publisher or from your favorite book retailer of choice.

RBS Announces 2014 Course Schedule

[22 October 2013] We are very excited to announce the 2014 Rare Book School summer course schedule! Along with 26 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses in Philadelphia at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Pennsylvania and the Library Company of Philadelphia, and at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Library, and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven.

New courses for 2014 include The Medieval Manuscript in the 21st Century (M-95); The History of the Book in China (H-85); American Publishers' Bookbindings, 1800–1900 (B-75); and an Advanced Seminar in Critical Bibliography (G-70).

See the full schedule.

RBS Receives Grant for Additional RBS-Mellon Fellowships

[17 October 2013] Rare Book School has been awarded a grant in the amount of $783,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a second cohort of fellows for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography. RBS awarded its first twenty Mellon fellowships in the spring of 2013, and will admit an additional twenty fellows to the program in the spring of 2014. The aim of the program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. Fellows will receive funding and stipends for RBS course attendance, as well as support for research-related travel to special collections. The deadline for application to the program is 2 December 2013. Interested scholars are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. See the RBS-Mellon Fellowship page for more details. Press release.

Registration Open for Global Digital Libraries Symposium

[9 October 2013] Rare Book School, the Scholars' Lab, and the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities at the Institute of the Humanities & Global Culture are pleased to announce a three-day symposium, Global Digital Libraries, to be held in Charlottesville from 30 October through 1 November.

Symposium participants include Will Noel, Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School, will moderate.

The symposium will include:

  • a lunch and round-table discussion moderated by Will Noel and Michael Suarez.
  • an evening keynote address by Will Noel, "Global Digital Libraries: Some Principles and an Idea."
  • an afternoon workshop led by Will Noel and Dot Porter, "Disbinding All the Books in the World."

See the Global Digital Libraries symposium page for the full schedule, presenter bios, and registration procedures. The lunch discussion and afternoon workshop are limited to 24 participants, and registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

RBS Receives Grant for Additional Scholarships

[25 September 2013] We are delighted to announce that Rare Book School has received a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to fund additional Directors' Scholarship awards for the 2013 scholarship cycle. These scholarships are directed toward the continuing education of special collections librarians, and will be awarded to:

  • students who wish to pursue a career in special collections librarianship and are currently enrolled in a library or information science program
  • individuals who currently work in a library and who wish to pursue a career in special collections librarianship
  • individuals who are in the early stages of their careers in special collections librarianship

Beneficiaries of this scholarship will receive full tuition to an RBS course taken during the 2014 calendar year.

To apply, please submit an RBS scholarship application by the 15 October deadline. See the Scholarships page for full details on all RBS scholarships.

Jeremy Dibbell Joins RBS Staff as Director of Communications and Outreach

[20 September 2013] On 1 September, the RBS staff welcomed Jeremy Dibbell as the School's first Director of Communications and Outreach.

Jeremy was awarded a Directors' Scholarship in 2009, and attended RBS in 2010 as the William Reese Fellow. He has worked on the School's summer staff annually since then. In his new position, Jeremy will be focusing on website communications, publicity, advertising, and additional outreach programs for the School. He will also be assisting Program Director Amanda Nelsen with scholarships and other programs-related planning. Full Story.

Tess Goodman Appointed RBS Assistant Curator

[20 September 2013] We are pleased to announce that Theresa "Tess" Goodman has received a one-year appointment as Assistant Curator of Collections at Rare Book School. Tess first joined the RBS staff as a part-time collections assistant in 2006, and has worked for the School regularly since then. As our full-time, year-round assistant curator, Tess will have new duties, including the purchase and management of items for RBS's teaching collections. She will also assist with promoting special projects, such as the RBS-UVA Fellowship Program. Read more here.

Now Accepting Applications for RBS 2013 Scholarships

[4 September 2013] Please check the Rare Book School Scholarships page for the newly updated application form for the 2013 scholarship cycle. The application deadline for 2013 is October 15.


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