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Students Get Up Close and Personal with Rare Books
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Preserving Pages in Charlottesville
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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 Announces its 2012 Winter/Summer Course Schedule

[25 October 2011] Rare Book School is pleased to announce the schedule for another exciting summer of classes at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Complete course descriptions will be available in the coming weeks....Full Story

January 2012 Course

[10 October 2011] Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for The Book in the Manuscript Era, taking place 9-13 January at the Walters Art Museum...Full Story

SHARP-RBS Scholarship Fund

[16 September 2011] CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—Rare Book School and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP) are partnering to offer scholarship opportunities for current graduate students and recent masters and Ph.D. recipients who wish to attend RBS. The SHARP-RBS Scholarship recipients will receive full tuition and a travel/lodging stipend. Graduate students, post-docs, junior faculty, adjunct professors, and those within 5 years of their last awarded degree in any discipline are encouraged to apply...Full Story

RBS featured in Washington Post

[2 August 2011] WASHINGTON, DC—Rare Book School featured on the front page of the Washington Post Metro Section on 29 July 2011...Full Story

October 2011 Course

[7 July 2011] The course The Art of the Book in Edo and Meiji Japan, 1615-1912, taught by Ellis Tinios will run 3-8 October at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M Sackler Gallery Library, Smithsonian Institution Libraries... Full Story

2011 Lecture Schedule

[14 June 2011] CHARLOTTESVILLE—Rare Book School is pleased to announce the 2011 lecture and forum series during its June and July Charlottesville sessions... Full Story

UVA President and Rare Book School Director to Conduct Flash Seminar

[4 April 2011]CHARLOTTESVILLE—Theresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, and Professor Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School, will team up to lead the flash seminar: “What It Means to Lead the Good Life” today, April 4 at 7 pm, in Jefferson’s Academical Village in Pavilion V... Full Story

The Oxford Companion to the Book recognized by ALA Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and others

[ 4 February2011 ] Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) selected the Oxford Companion to the Book as one of the 2011 Outstanding Reference Sources ... Full Story

Megan Gildea new RBS Development Director

[ 15 December 2010 ] Rare Book School is pleased to announce the arrival of Megan Gildea, the School’s first Development Director ... Full Story

January 2011 course

[11 November 2010 ] The course 15th-Century Books in Print and Manuscript, taught by Paul Needham & William Noel, will run 10-14 January 2011 in Baltimore. ... Full Story

2010 Scholarship Awards announced

[8 November 2010 ] The Rare Book School Scholarship Committee has just awarded 2010 scholarships to 25 new students of the history of books and printing. ... Full Story

RBS announces fall 2010 course

[11 August 2010 ] This fall Rare Book School will run the course, "Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts," taught by Roger Wieck in New York. ... Full Story

RBS announces summer 2010 public lecture schedule

[ 3 June 2010 ] Rare Book School is pleased to announce its schedule of 5:30 pm public lectures during its June and July Charlottesville sessions, featuring Robert H. Jackson as the 2010 Malkin Lecturer. ... Full Story

RBS introduces public forums on Wednesday evenings

[ 3 June 2010 ] As a new feature of this year's program, we are introducing the RBS Forum on Wednesday evenings. ... Full Story

Melissa Mead honored by the University of Rochester

[ 3 June 2010 ] Congratulations to Rare Book School Descriptive Bibliography Museums Curator Melissa Mead, who has received the University of Rochester's Meliora Award ... Full Story

Amanda Nelsen new RBS Program Director

[ 21 May 2010 ] Rare Book School is pleased to announce the arrival of Amanda Nelsen, who succeeds Ryan L. Roth as the school’s Program Director ... Full Story