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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; […]

    Posted 21 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 5 days ago by RBS
  • “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 spo.iconbpg@gmail.com.

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

    Posted 1 month, 13 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 17 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 18 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 19 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 19 days ago by RBS
  • Rare Books Librarian – University of Southern California

    USC Libraries at the University of Southern California invites creative, collaborative, and outstanding candidates to fill a full-time continuing appointment-track faculty position as Rare Books Librarian. This position’s 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. The closing date for applications is 1 August 2022 or until filled. For more information about this position, contact Marje Schuetze-Coburn, chair of the standing search committee, at schuetze@usc.edu. Click here for the full posting. […]

    Posted 1 month, 19 days ago by RBS
  • Special Collections Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture – James Madison University

    James Madison University Libraries seeks a creative and energetic librarian/archivist or scholar to fill a newly created, tenure-track faculty position in our Special Collections department. This position is designed to be filled by a colleague with significant subject knowledge in Black arts and culture, teaching expertise with archival collections, and enthusiasm for the power of primary sources. Click here for full details. Review of applications begins 6 June 2022. […]

    Posted 3 months, 28 days ago by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2022 Summer Lectures

    We are thrilled to announce the lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET. Monday lectures will be held in the Dome Room of the Rotunda; Wednesday lectures, in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception. Lecture recordings will be made available by fall 2022.

    Monday, 6 June: Dorothy C. Wong, Professor of East Asian Art, University of Virginia: Making Merit: East Asian Buddhist Material Culture of the Seventh and Eighth Centuries – NEH-Global Book Histories Initiative Lecture […]

    Posted 4 months, 12 days ago by RBS
  • Rare Books Curator of Special Collections – Vanderbilt University Libraries

    Vanderbilt University is hiring for the position of Rare Books Curator of Special Collections. The Curator of Special Collections conducts outreach and instruction utilizing rare books and other resources from the collections. This position meets frequently with faculty and students to promote the use of rare books in the classroom. The Curator is also responsible for interacting with existing and potential donors and for curating exhibitions for the libraries. The Curator acquires rare books by purchase and donation to augment the collections. The position reports to the Director of Special Collections.

    Please apply by 31 May 2022 for first consideration for this position. […]

    Posted 4 months, 15 days ago by RBS
  • Announcing the 2022 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows

    The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at Rare Book School is pleased to welcome its 2022–24 cohort of Junior Fellows, including the recipient of the Nancy Norton Tomasko Fellowship. Many congratulations to all the new Junior Fellows; we look forward to seeing you at RBS!

    The names and institutional affiliations of 2022–24 RBS-Mellon SoFCB Junior Fellows are:

    Cat Lambert – Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Classics, Columbia University

    Amanda Licastro – Emerging and Digital Literacy Designer, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, […]

    Posted 4 months, 26 days ago by RBS
  • Now Available Online: “LEOcode” Compendium of Watermarks and Resource for Coding, Visualizing Handmade Laid Papers

    LEOcode is a working compendium of watermarks in the Codex Arundel, Codex Leicester, and other papers of Leonardo da Vinci and is intended to be a research tool for art historians, conservators, and paper/book historians. This website presents the results of an innovative computational approach to enhance, measure, compare, and match pre-machine-made papers through the detailed encoding and visualization of their internal manufactured patterns, including watermarks, chain line intervals, and laid line densities. In addition to identifying papers formed from the exact same mold (moldmates) among Leonardo’s papers, LEOcode provides enhanced photographic images of every available watermarked sheet in the Codex Arundel and the Codex Leicester, […]

    Posted 5 months ago by RBS
  • Library Services Supervisor for Rare Books & Special Collections – Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

    The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is hiring for the position of Library Services Supervisor for Rare Books & Special Collections. The Library Services Supervisor will work to conserve, develop, manage, and promote the Library’s rare books and special collections, implement policies and procedures to ensure secure access and long-term preservation of the collections and develop relationships within the local community designed to foster current and future interest and care of the collection.

    Applications are due 5 May 2022. Click here to review the full position description. […]

    Posted 5 months, 3 days ago by RBS
  • APHA Conference: Call for Papers

    47th Annual APHA National Conference: “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present”
    (Los Angeles, California, 13–15 October 2022)

    The American Printing History Association (APHA) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2022 annual conference in Los Angeles. The theme of this year’s conference: the social and political movements of the 1960s and 1970s that reverberated in the printing and printmaking world, inspiring artists and art collectives nationwide. An era that started with the continuing struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination, and the explosion of youth culture gave way to the counterculture, […]

    Posted 5 months, 7 days ago by RBS
  • Announcing the 2022–24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the 2022–24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Many congratulations to all the fellows.

    The 2022–24 RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows are: […]

    Posted 5 months, 9 days ago by RBS
  • BSA Workshop: “Touch to See: A Nineteenth-Century Book for Blind Readers”

    The Bibliographical Society of America invites registration for “Touch to See: A Nineteenth-Century Book for Blind Readers,” a workshop at Swem Library, the College of William and Mary, 3 June 2022, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. ET.

    Led by Dr. Amanda Stuckey, Assistant Professor of English at Central Penn College in Harrisburg, PA, this workshop is free and open to the public, and participants may attend in person (lunch will be provided) or via Zoom. Click here to register. Registration is requested by 10 May.

    We often think of sight-impairment as a barrier to literacy, […]

    Posted 5 months, 14 days ago by RBS
  • Librarian (Codicology Specialist) – Law Library of Congress

    The Law Library of Congress is hiring for the position of Librarian (Codicology Specialist). This position is located in the Collections Services Division, Global Legal Collection Directorate, Law Library. The position requires the joint skills of a cataloger and a subject matter expert in rare books, and particularly in incunables. There is a foreign language requirement for this position based on the language of the material being described, and the incumbent should have a professional proficiency of one or more of these languages in addition to English: Latin, German, and Italian. Applications close 2 May 2022. Click here for full details. […]

    Posted 5 months, 17 days ago by RBS
  • Announcing the Kenneth W. Rendell Annual Endowed Lecture at Rare Book School

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce that Kenneth W. Rendell and Shirley McNerney have generously endowed an annual lecture and publication series on the importance of original manuscripts and rare books to human understanding. The Kenneth W. Rendell Endowed Lecture at Rare Book School will focus on the connection that rare book and manuscript collecting provides with people and events of the past, our shared human history, and the intellectual thrill and emotional pleasures of collecting. This lecture series will spotlight the roles of collectors, librarians, and dealers, not only in preserving human history but also in providing insight and perspectives into the present and future. […]

    Posted March 31, 2022 by RBS
  • “The Eternal Return of Print-Digital Literary Publishing” with Élika Ortega

    The Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia invites you to attend a virtual presentation on “The Eternal Return of Print-Digital Literary Publishing” by Élika Ortega on Wednesday, 20 April, 2–3:15 p.m. ET. This Zoom presentation is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Click here to view the details and register.

    Élika will look at the cycles of enthusiasm and retrenchment in print-digital literary publishing since the mid 1980s. In an era where it’s still unclear if the digital will yield a new standard form of the book beyond the e-book, […]

    Posted March 28, 2022 by RBS