RBS News

  • John Crichton to Chair RBS Board of Directors

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    John Crichton, Alice Schreyer, and Michael Suarez

    The Rare Book School Board of Directors held their annual meeting on Saturday, 30 January in New York City. This meeting marked the completion of the term of Alice Schreyer as Chair of the Board of Directors, and the Board approved the election of John Crichton as its new Chair, with Giovanni Favretti as Vice-Chair, Beppy Landrum Owen as Secretary, and Joan Friedman as Treasurer.

    John Crichton has been proprietor of The Brick Row Book Shop in San Francisco since 1983. John majored in journalism at the University of Kansas and began his career as a bookseller at Serendipity Books in Berkeley in 1980. He has served as the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and of the Book Club of California, and as vice president of the Bibliographical Society of America. John has written about and given numerous talks on the antiquarian book trade and its history.

    The Board also voted to renew the appointments of members Florence Fearrington and James N. Green, and to approve the appointment of two new members: Chris Loker and Abby Smith Rumsey. Chris Loker is proprietor of the Children’s Book Gallery in San Francisco, and the author of children’s books and books about children’s literature, including One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature. Abby Smith Rumsey is a writer and historian focusing on the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in all media; she has held positions at the University of Virginia, the Library of Congress, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. Her book When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping our Future, will be published next month by Bloomsbury.

    Joining Alice Schreyer in completing twelve years of service on the Board of Directors is Robert Gross, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History (Emeritus) at the University of Connecticut. Bob has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board since 2008. The members of the Board expressed their deep gratitude to both Alice and Bob for their many years of loyal service.

    John Crichton said of his election as Chair of the Board of Directors, “It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as Chair of the Board of Directors of Rare Book School — and a tremendous responsibility as well. I’m looking forward to working with the Board in building on the great success of RBS begun by Terry Belanger and continued by Michael Suarez.”

    Posted 11:15 cet by RBS
  • RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Open

    Applications for the 2016–17 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 digital materials. Please note that you will need to complete a standard RBS course application via our applications page (submission by 29 February is encouraged as courses fill quickly).

    Significant dates for the fellowship application process:

    3 February 2016: Information Reception (11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    4 February 2016: Information Reception (4–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    1 March 2016: Project Proposal Workshop (4:30–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    1 April 2016: Application Deadline (5 p.m.)

    Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2016, and will submit a final project to RBS by 14 April 2017.

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

    Posted 9 days ago by RBS
  • IMLS-RBS Fellowships Awarded

    RBS is pleased to announce that the selection process for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians is now complete: a second cohort of twenty IMLS-RBS Fellows has been chosen. This fellowship will allow young professionals to attend an RBS course and to increase their professional involvement at the national level through participation in the conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the ALA. The aim of the program is to help fellows acquire skills relevant to professional work in special collections and build important professional networks.

    The 2016 IMLS-RBS Fellows are:

    Daniel Arbino
    Ralph R. Baylor
    Barrye O. Brown
    Angelique M. Carson
    Alyssa E. Carver
    Amalia Castañeda
    Loree Clark
    Wanett Clyde
    Lisa Cruces
    Agnieszka Czeblakow

    Zayda Delgado
    Diane Dias De Fazio
    Gabrielle M. Dudley
    Maria Fernandez
    Megan L. Goins-Diouf
    Jose Cruz Guerrero
    Kelli Hansen
    Monique Lassere
    Shannee’ Yvette Murrain
    Spring Storm Stoker

    See the press release for more information.

    Posted 22 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Director to Deliver BSA Annual Address

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will deliver the address at the Bibliographical Society of America’s Annual Meeting, to be held on Friday, 29 January 2016 at the Cosmopolitan Club (122 East 66th Street, New York City). Michael’s address is titled “Hard Cases: Confronting Bibliographical Difficulty in Eighteenth-Century Texts.” The meeting begins at 4 p.m. and is open to the public. A reception will follow.

    The Grolier Club has posted a full schedule of Bibliography Week events.

    Posted 29 days ago by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2016 Courses

    Applications for summer 2016 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    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 29 February.

    See the Course Application page for more details.

    Posted 1 month, 4 days ago by RBS
  • 2015 Scholarship Awards Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations!

    Recipients of the IMLS-RBS Fellowships will be announced in January.

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:


    Liz Adams
    Colleen Barrett
    Keith Budner
    Ann Callahan
    Susan Chakmakian
    Elizabeth Curran
    Helen Davies
    Jennifer Dunlap

    Amber Hares
    Claire Kobasa
    Catherine Magee
    Natalie Naor
    Andrea Peacock
    Michelle Smith
    Andrew Wang


    ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship: Megan Bell

    ASECS Scholarship: Christine Woody

    Atlas Systems Scholarship: Paige Walker

    BSA-RBS Scholarship: Alexander Ames

    BSUVA Scholarships:

    Anna Arays
    Keith Grant
    Amy Gore
    Carlin Soos
    Catherine Sutherland

    Caxton Club Scholarship: Sarah Evenson

    James Davis Scholarship: Jessica McQuillan

    New SHARP Scholar Bursary: Stuart Barnard

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    Sarah Allison
    Nora Benedict
    Katherine Hindley
    Jordan Howell
    Kyle Huskin
    Karen Jutzi
    Andrew Keener

    Jameka Lewis
    Jesse McDowell
    Melissa Moreton
    Loreto Romero
    Michelle Sellars
    Chelsea Skalak

    Posted 1 month, 25 days ago by RBS
  • Public Lectures During RBS Session at Harvard

    Two public lectures will be held at Harvard University in conjunction with the RBS session there in early December:

    • Ellis Tinios will lecture on “Hokusai’s Books: Art and Commerce in Nineteenth-Century Japan” on Monday, 7 December at 6 p.m. in the Common Room of the Harvard-Yenching Library.
    • Christopher Hunter will deliver the 104th annual George Parker Winship Lecture, “Inventing Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography,” on Tuesday, 8 December at 5:30 p.m. in the Lamont Library Forum.

    Receptions will follow both lectures.

    Posted 2 months, 22 days ago by RBS
  • RBS at the Boston Book Fair

    If you’ll be in Boston for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (13–15 November), please be sure to stop by the Rare Book School table on Cultural Row. We’ll be at Booth 627 (floor plan), with printed copies of our just-released 2016 schedule, a slideshow of images from 2015 RBS classes, and more.

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Associate Director & Curator of Collections Barbara Heritage, Assistant Curator of Collections Ruth-Ellen St. Onge, 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!

    Posted 3 months, 8 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2016 Course Schedule

    We are excited to announce the 2016 Rare Book School summer course schedule! Along with 25 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lillian Goldman Law Library and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University in New Haven; and in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

    In 2016 we will welcome new faculty members Peter Shillingsburg (teaching course G-30: Printed Books since 1800: Description & Analysis); Roger Chartier and John H. Pollack (teaching course H-120: Textual Mobilities: Works, Books & Reading Across Early Modern Europe); and M. Michèle Mulchahey (teaching course M-20: Seminar in Western Codicology).

    Applications for summer 2016 courses will be accepted beginning in early January.

    See the full schedule.

    Posted 3 months, 13 days ago by RBS
  • Reminder: Applications for RBS Scholarships & IMLS-RBS Fellowships Due on 30 October

    We are now accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship cycle. Applications are now open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students) and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQs page or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowship is Friday, 30 October 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    Please note that we are offering several new scholarships this year, including the ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship, the Caxton Club Scholarship, and several awards funded by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.

    Posted 4 months, 1 day ago by RBS
  • Register now for ABAA-RBS Seminar Series in Boston

    Rare Book School and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) are co-sponsoring a one-day seminar series at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 (just prior to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair). These seminars have been designed to be of interest to book collectors and booksellers, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar series is $300. Seminar instructors will be Terry Belanger, Don Lindgren, Nina Musinsky, Todd Pattison, and David Whitesell.

    As space is limited, registration for the seminar series will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the signup process, you will be asked to rank your choices for each concurrent session, and these will be assigned until each seminar has reached capacity. We encourage “early bird” signup before 18 September, to improve your chances of getting a seat in your top-choice seminars. Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.

    See the event page for a full schedule, seminar descriptions, and a link to the signup form.

    Posted 5 months, 7 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Director Appointed CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. has been appointed a Distinguished Presidential Fellow by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Suarez “will provide expert counsel and strategic advice for CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program and its Postdoctoral Fellowship program.”

    See the full announcement from CLIR.

    Posted 5 months, 9 days ago by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for RBS Scholarships and IMLS-RBS Fellowships

    We are now accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship cycle. Applications are now open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students) and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQs page or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowship is Friday, 30 October 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    Please note that we are offering several new scholarships this year, including the ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship, the Caxton Club Scholarship, and several awards funded by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.

    Posted 5 months, 14 days ago by RBS
  • President Announces Intent to Nominate RBS Director to Serve on National Council on the Humanities

    On Tuesday, 28 July, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

    The National Council on the Humanities is composed of twenty-six distinguished private citizens appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with each member serving staggered six-year terms.

    See the full White House press release.

    Posted July 29, 2015 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for December Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for two Rare Book School courses being offered in Cambridge, MA, 6–11 December 2015:

    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 for December courses, submit your application(s) by 1 September.

    See the Apply to RBS courses page for more details.

    Posted July 16, 2015 by RBS
  • Ruth-Ellen St. Onge Joins RBS Staff as Assistant Curator of Collections

    stongeWe are very pleased to announce that Ruth-Ellen St. Onge has joined the Rare Book School staff as Assistant Curator of Collections and Special Assistant to the Associate Director.

    Ruth-Ellen holds a Master of Information Studies and a Ph.D. in French Studies and Book History and Print Culture from the University of Toronto. She is an active council member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, and is the author of several published articles and reviews. For ten years, while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate studies, Ruth-Ellen worked as a research assistant in the Joseph Sablé Centre for 19th Century French Studies, a rare book library and research collection now housed within the Special Collections of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.

    Her book-related interests include special collections librarianship; letterpress printing; and the history of publishing, illustration, and typography.

    “We’re delighted to have Ruth-Ellen St. Onge join Rare Book School’s full-time staff,” said Barbara Heritage, Associate Director and Curator of Collections. “She brings to RBS valuable experience with rare books, printing, and book historical scholarship that will greatly enrich the School’s collections, as well as the RBS community.”

    Welcome Ruth-Ellen!

    Posted July 1, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2015 Summer Lecture Schedule

    The staff at Rare Book School are thrilled to announce the exciting lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. The lectures are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (unless otherwise noted). Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in the RBS space on the first floor of Alderman Library (Alderman 118).

    Monday, 8 June: William Zachs, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh: The Rev. Hugh Blair (1718–1800): 
The J. K. Rowling of Eighteenth-Century Britain?

    Tuesday, 9 June: Thomas F. Bonnell, Professor of English, St. Mary’s College: ‘Pray gentlemen compositors …’: Boswell’s Life of Johnson from Manuscript to Book

    Monday, 15 June: Nancy Tomasko, Independent Scholar: Oh, so THIS is Chinese Paper!

    Wednesday, 17 June: Russell Maret, Private Press Printer & Type Designer: The Post-Typographic Private Press

    Monday, 6 July: Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, Tulane University: Knots, Paint, and Ink: Books and Print in Early Spanish America

    Wednesday, 8 July: Kenneth Karmiole of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.: Collecting the Abbey Press

    Monday, 20 July: Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Smithsonian Libraries: Unveiling a Gem

    Wednesday, 22 July: Jerome E. Singerman, Senior Humanities Editor, University of Pennsylvania Press: Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: or, How Do We Move Forward Without Getting Run Over?

    Monday, 27 July: Marianna Shreve Simpson, Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania & Guest Curator, Princeton University Art Museum: Who’s Hiding Here? Artists and their Signatures in Persian Manuscripts of the Early Modern Period

    Wednesday, 29 July: Sarah Werner, Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library: How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media in 3 Easy Steps: A Guide for Researchers and Librarians

    We are very grateful to our 2015 summer lecture sponsors: the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (sponsoring the 8 June lecture by William Zachs); and the Southeast Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (sponsoring the 8 July lecture by Kenneth Karmiole).

    For information on lectures at other RBS course locations, or to listen to past lectures, see www.rarebookschool.org/lectures.

    Posted June 1, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS-Mellon Fellowships Awarded

    RBS is pleased to announce that the selection process for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography is now complete: a third cohort of 20 RBS-Mellon Fellows has been chosen. The aim of the fellowship program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdocs, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. Read more about the 2015–17 fellows.

    “During the past two years, Rare Book School’s Mellon Fellows have been extraordinarily active, integrating bibliographical and book-historical methods into their research and teaching, while also sharing their new understandings with colleagues via innovative academic symposia,” said RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “We remain deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for all it has done to make their achievements possible. Our third and final Mellon-supported cohort likewise shows great promise, and we much look forward to their contributions.” See the full press release.

    Posted May 18, 2015 by RBS
  • Audio of Past RBS Lectures Now Available Online

    We are very pleased to announce that audio recordings of more than 100 Book Arts Press/Rare Book School lectures from the past four decades are now available online at www.rarebookschool.org/lectures. Along with most lectures from the past several years, those now converted from the original cassette tapes include talks by Sue Allen, Nicolas Barker, and G. Thomas Tanselle, as well as:

    • Graham Pollard, “The Scope of Bibliography” (27 November 1973), the earliest lecture for which we have a recording
    • Leona Rostenberg, “The Library of Robert Hooke: A Microcosm of the Restoration Book Trade” (12 April 1982)
    • Edwin Wolf 2nd, “Rare Book and Research Libraries: Creating an Image” (12 July 1983), the first lecture during a summer Rare Book School session
    • Lawrence Witten, “Microcomputers in my Rare Book Business” (15 August 1984)
    • D. F. McKenzie, “Orality, Literacy, and Print in Early New Zealand” (23 January 1984); “From Book to Text: Pushing Bibliography On?” (27 January 1986)
    • Nearly all of the annual Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lectures

    To listen, simply click the linked title (in red) of the past lecture. Additional audio will be added later this year; if you have particular requests please send them to Jeremy Dibbell at jeremy.dibbell@virginia.edu. If we have a recording of the lecture, we’ll make every effort to post it. We are also exploring other options for making these recordings available (whether through iTunes or similar services), and will have more information on that as we firm up those plans.

    Posted May 12, 2015 by RBS
  • Announcing the 2015–16 RBS-UVA Fellows

    The 2015–16 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows has been selected. The new fellows are:

    • Jennifer Camp – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Peter Chekin – Ph.D. student, Department of French
    • Elizabeth Doe – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Carol Guarnieri – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Christian Howard – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Peter Miller – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Evan Waters – Ph.D. student, Department of Classics

    Each of the fellows will attend an RBS course this summer, and will submit a final fellowship project by 15 April 2016.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowship page for more information about the fellowship program.

    Posted May 5, 2015 by RBS