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  • Librarian/Archivist – Portland Art Museum

    The Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon, invites applications for the position of Librarian/Archivist. The Librarian/Archivist is responsible for the maintenance, supervision, and preservation of the Portland Art Museum’s Library and archival holdings.  Click here to view the full job description. Applications are due 20 January 2023. […]

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  • Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America: Summer Internship Program

    The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America’s Diversity Initiative Committee is proud to announce a paid summer internship program, co-sponsored by AbeBooks, aimed at providing an alternative route to success in the antiquarian and rare book business. This ten-week paid, hands-on, learning-oriented program seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in the trade—Black, Indigenous, people of color, and/or LGBTQ+—to offer the tools, experience, and exposure necessary to pursue a career in the antiquarian book trade. The deadline to apply is 31 March 2023. Click here to apply. […]

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  • RBS in the News: “The 2,000-Year Story of Building the Book” – a New York Times Article by Jennifer Schuessler

    The following article by Jennifer Schuessler about “Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day,” RBS’s Grolier Club exhibition, appeared in The New York Times on 2 December 2022. Click here to view the article via  

    For a certain kind of book nerd, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia is the closest a person can come to Valhalla.Each summer, bibliophiles from all over the world gather for weeklong courses in nearly every aspect of the history of the book, in an atmosphere that combines deep immersion in the most arcane aspects of printing, […]

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  • Book Arts Studio Manager – University of Richmond

    The Book Arts, Archives, and Rare Books department at the University of Richmond is accepting applications for a full-time Book Arts Studio Manager position. The Studio Manager will oversee the daily use and maintenance of the Book Arts Studio, including letterpress equipment, binery tools, and studio materials. The position also supervises two-plus student assistants, trains new studio assistants, monitors studio open hours, and conducts studio orientations, in addition to assisting the Book Arts Studio Program Director with creative projects and instruction in our growing program. Review of applications will begin 9 January 2023 and continue until the position is filled. […]

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  • 2022 APHA Lieberman Lecture: “The Power and Promise of a Union”

    The American Printing History Association invites you to attend the free 2022 Lieberman Lecture, “The Power and Promise of a Union: Labor, Printing, and Graphic Design.” The virtual event will take place over Zoom on Monday 5 December at 7:00 pm ET.

    The talk, given by Danielle Aubert, will look at case studies, such as the Detroit Printing Co-op and contemporary union-organizing efforts, and reflect on the relationship between graphic designers, printers, and organized labor. […]

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  • “Monuments Removed: Colonial-Era Statues in the Era of Decolonization” Hybrid Event

    On Thursday, 10 November 2022, at 6:00 pm ET, Skidmore College will host a free hybrid event, during which Cornell history professor Durba Ghosh will speak about “Monuments Removed: Colonial-Era Statues in the Era of Decolonization.”

    The event will take place in person at Skidmore College’s Davis Auditorium and will also be livestreamed. Click here to register for the livestream. […]

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  • Frederick Bearman Research Grant: Call for Applications

    Each year, the Institute of Conservation’s Book & Paper Group (Icon B&PG) awards the Frederick Bearman Research Grant, which offers up to £1,000 towards research into any aspect of books, paper, or archival materials. Applicants’ research topics should in some way be of interest and importance to the book and paper conservation profession but does not exclusively need to be about conservation.

    The application deadline is 20 November 2002. For more information, including how to apply, click here. […]

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  • “Keats and Shelley on the Move” Symposium

    The Keats-Shelley Association (K-SAA) invites you to attend a free symposium, “Keats and Shelley on the Move,” on 28 October 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. The event will take place in person at the Grolier Club in New York City. […]

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  • Special Collections & Archives Instruction & Reference Librarian – Wesleyan University

    Wesleyan University is seeking a Special Collections & Archives Instruction & Reference Librarian (0.75 FTE position, with benefits). This role, which is from January to December 2023, will work with staff, faculty, librarians, and students to provide innovative instruction and research services using Special Collections & Archives holdings in the areas of rare books, the history of the book, manuscripts, artists’ books, and primary source literacy. […]

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  • Two New Job Openings – Black Bibliography Project (BPP)

    The Black Bibliography Project (BPP) is hiring two new positions: Project Manager and Black Studies Subject Specialist Librarian. Both jobs are funded by a three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Application review for both openings will begin on 20 October 2022, with the goal of filling the positions by mid-December. […]

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  • “Archive and Theory: The Future of Anglo-American Early Modern Disability Studies” conference

    The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies invites you to attend a free conference on “Archive and Theory: The Future of Anglo-American Early Modern Disability Studies,” scheduled for 7–8 October 2022 in person at UCLA’s Clark Library and online. […]

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  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Rare Book School scholarship and fellowship cycle.

    Applications are open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students), and for the M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources and the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship and fellowship Terms and Conditions.

    To begin the application process, […]

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  • APHA Awards 2022: Call for Nominations

    The American Printing History Association (APHA) Board of Trustees and the Awards Committee invite nominations for the 2022 APHA Individual Laureate and Institutional Awards. Submit your nominations here, before noon on 1 November 2022. These awards, which celebrate outstanding contributions to the history of printing, are presented each January at APHA’s Annual Meeting. […]

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  • Librarian – Grolier Club

    The Grolier Club of New York invites applications for the position of Librarian. The Librarian of the Grolier Club oversees the day-to-day activities and operations of the Library. These duties fall into three general categories: management, administration, and leadership; curatorial; technical services; and public service and outreach. Qualifications include a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program (or the equivalent in education or experience), preferably with an emphasis on bibliography and/or the history of the book; at least 3 years’ experience in a research library setting; experience cataloguing rare materials; knowledge of archival practice, preferably including the archiving of digital content; […]

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  • Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day: Five Decades of Rare Book School & the Book Arts Press

    This fall, the Grolier Club in New York City—America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles—presents a special exhibition that details how books have been produced throughout history and across various regions of the globe. Organized by Rare Book School and drawn from its unique collections, Building the Book from the Ancient World to the Present Day: Five Decades of Rare Book School & the Book Arts Press will be on view in the Grolier Club’s ground floor gallery from 28 September through 23 December 2022. The exhibition celebrates the international institute—founded by MacArthur Fellow Terry Belanger and currently directed by Michael F. […]

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  • “Heavy Metals and 19th-Century Euro-American Bookcloth Manufacture” Lecture

    The ICON Book and Paper Group invites you to attend the 2022 Annual Frederick Bearman Research Grant Lecture: “New Perspectives on Old Material: Heavy Metals and 19th-Century Euro-American Bookcloth Manufacture” by Dr. Melissa Tedone. This free virtual event is scheduled for 7:30–9 p.m. GMT+1. To learn more and register, click here. Please direct any questions to Victoria Haddock, Special Projects Officer for the ICON Book & Paper Group, at

    Dr. Melissa Tedone holds a dual appointment as Associate Conservator/Lab Head for Book and Library Materials Conservation at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, […]

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  • Rare Books Librarian – University of Southern California Libraries

    USC Libraries at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites creative, collaborative, and outstanding candidates to apply for the full-time continuing appointment-track faculty position of Rare Books Librarian. The anticipated start date is October 2022. USC is looking for candidates with experience managing and developing rare book collections, primary source literacy instruction, exhibition curation, and outreach. Applications are due 31 August 2022. To view full details, including application instructions, click here. […]

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  • Cataloger Positions – University of Southern California Libraries

    USC Libraries at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) is accepting applications for a Monographs & Special Projects Cataloger and a Rare Books & Special Formats Cataloger. The successful candidates will bring experience and demonstrated knowledge in cataloging, metadata management and development, collection management and assessment, and management or supervision experience in an academic or research library. For the full posting, click here. […]

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  • Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

    The editorial board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collections.  

    The journal publishes articles and research notes. All submissions must take accessioned objects in the Met’s collection (including illustrated rare books in the Met’s collections, such as those housed in Watson Library) as their points of departure. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship, whereas research notes are often smaller in scope, focusing on a specific aspect of new research or presenting a significant finding from technical analysis. […]

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  • Jane Austen Society of North America Online Lecture

    JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America, is reinvigorating its regional group in Central Virginia. The society’s first virtual meeting will be a free public lecture at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 28 August. Dr. Juliette Wells (Goucher College) will be sharing the never-before-told full story of how the topaz cross pendants that Charles Austen gave to his sisters Cassandra and Jane passed from descendants to an American collector, Charles Beecher Hogan, and from him to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, England. Of special interest are the reading journals that Hogan kept for two decades, in which he reflected on his reading and rereading of Austen. […]

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