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  • 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards: Call for Applications

    The Library of Congress invites nonprofit organizations (large of small) that have an impact on literacy to apply for the 2022 Library of Congress Literacy Awards. Winners receive cash awards and public recognition, and have the opportunity to network with other recipients. Click here for application instructions. Applications close 4 March.

    Read the full press release here. […]

    Posted February 25, 2022 by RBS
  • RBS Announces M.C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources

    With pleasure, Rare Book School announces the third cohort of M. C. Lang Fellows in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to welcoming you to RBS this summer! […]

    Posted February 24, 2022 by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2022 Course Applications

    Applications for summer 2022 courses are now being accepted. To apply, you will first need to create an account in our new Salesforce-based myRBS system. […]

    Posted February 10, 2022 by RBS
  • Chapin Librarian – Williams College

    Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is hiring for the position of Chapin Librarian. The Chapin Librarian will champion an inclusive curatorial vision for rare book and manuscript collections in support of the broad Liberal Arts curriculum of Williams College, and will enthusiastically engage the campus community and beyond through instruction, outreach, exhibits, and scholarly programming. The position offers a broad portfolio of curatorial responsibilities, and Williams College seeks someone who is eager to gain experience in a range of special collections library functions and to advance principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The Chapin Librarian will have primary oversight of Chapin gift and endowment funds, […]

    Posted February 3, 2022 by RBS
  • RBS General and Buice Scholarship Awards for 2022 Announced

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

    Posted January 28, 2022 by RBS
  • Virtual Book Talk featuring Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, 27 January 2022

    The American Antiquarian Society invites you to attend its latest Virtual Book Talk, Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage with Matthew G. Kirschenbaum,  on Thursday, 27 January 2022, 2–3 p.m. EST. The program is free but requires advance registration. Click here for full details, including registration instructions.


    Posted January 24, 2022 by RBS
  • Executive Director, Library & Archives – Drexel University

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (ANS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is hiring for the position of Executive Director, Library & Archives. ANS seeks an experienced and dynamic library and archives professional to unlock the extraordinary potential of one of the finest natural history library and archive collections in the Americas. The executive director will be a visionary leader and collaborative manager, with proven skill in facilitating and sharing research, developing programming, fostering networking and collaboration among other libraries, building new audiences, and establishing a service-oriented philosophy. Applications close 14 February 2022. Click here for full details. […]

    Posted January 24, 2022 by RBS
  • RBS Remembers the Passing of Donald Fry

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Donald Fry on 6 December 2021 in Charlottesville, VA.

    In 2007, Don joined Rare Book School’s Board of Directors as the UVA President’s representative—a position he held until January of this year. His tenure distinguishes him as our Board’s longest-serving member.

    Throughout his time on the Board, Don served as an essential bridge from the RBS Board to the Office of the President of UVA, working as an enthusiastic and able ambassador and advocate, and as a highly trusted and deeply prized advisor to two RBS Executive Directors, […]

    Posted December 17, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Announces Summer 2022 Schedule

    The summer 2022 Rare Book School course schedule is available! Summer courses will be held at the University of Virginia in the Rotunda and adjacent buildings; the Latin American Library at Tulane University; the Firestone Library at Princeton University; the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University; the Oak Spring Garden Library; the Grolier Club; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Library Company of Philadelphia; and the Free Library of Philadelphia. […]

    Posted December 9, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Jay T. Last

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Jay T. Last, friend and benefactor of Rare Book School. He died in Los Angeles on 11 November 2021; he was 92.

    As a physicist and entrepreneur, Jay Last is renowned as one of the founders of the Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, the origin of Silicon Valley. As an art collector, publisher, scholar, author, and philanthropist, Jay’s legacy of support for the arts, art history, and education will endure for many years to come. A collector of West and Central African Art, Jay, along with his wife Deborah, […]

    Posted November 30, 2021 by RBS
  • Head, Department of Distinctive Collections — MIT Libraries

    Our colleagues at MIT Libraries are hiring for the position of Head of Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC). Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections, Erin Stalberg, the DDC Head will be an integral part of the Collections Directorate. Leading and developing a team of sixteen staff, the DDC Head will work across the Libraries to share MIT’s distinctive collections with the world. Success in the role will be characterized by the building of a strong, collaborative team; by the use of collections and technology to implement strategies of equity, diversity, and openness; and by realizing DDC’s potential to be a partner and a platform that catalyzes discoveries in, […]

    Posted November 17, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of William P. Barlow, Jr.

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of William P. Barlow, Jr., former Rare Book School faculty member and Treasurer of the School’s Board of Directors.

    Barlow died in San Francisco on 21 October 2021 after a heart attack; he was 87.

    Barlow began collecting books seriously as an undergraduate at the California Institute of Technology, continuing to collect when he transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, and thereafter for the rest of his life. He had the greatest collection of the works of the English printer John Baskerville in private hands, a superb collection of antiquarian bibliography, and many other collecting interests, including the Daniel Press and various private presses, restaurant ephemera, postal history, books on food and wine, and water skiing.

    Posted November 1, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Receives $100,000 NEH Grant to Prepare Curators and Teachers for the U.S. Semiquincentennial

    Rare Book School has been awarded a grant for $100,258 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program “Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan.”

    RBS was one of 292 recipients among the 937 eligible organizations that applied. The grant supports the School’s initiative, “Living American History in Primary Documents,” which anticipates the approaching 250th anniversary of the United States by providing educational content for the cultural heritage professionals who care for our nation’s documentary records.

    “We are delighted to help prepare the custodians of our nation’s heritage to mediate their collections to a citizenry eager to learn more about their history,” said Rare Book School Director Michael F. […]

    Posted October 19, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Scholarship & Fellowship Applications Now Available

    We are now accepting applications for the 2021 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 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage. Applications for the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program are anticipated to open later in October. 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. […]

    Posted September 30, 2021 by RBS
  • A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

    Rare Book School Executive Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., will deliver a series of three Rosenbach Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, 25–28 October 2021 on “Printing Abolition: How the Fight to Ban the British Slave Trade Was Won, 1783–1807.” All lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required. The lectures will also be streamed live and recorded. Click here to register and learn more.

    The Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States. The series began in 1931, and topics have included fifteenth-century printing, […]

    Posted September 21, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2021–22 RBS-UVA Fellows

    We are pleased to announce the 2021–22 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows. Each RBS-UVA Fellow from this new cohort is completing an RBS course this summer. Many congratulations to all the Fellows; we much look forward to seeing their final projects next year! 

    The 2021–22 RBS-UVA Fellows are:

    • Rosario Cornejo – Ph.D. student, Department of Art
    • Loren Lee – M.A./Ph.D. student, Department of French
    • Sydney Montgomery – B.A. student, Department of Art
    • Eleanore Neumann – Ph.D. student,
    • […]

    Posted July 30, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2021 Summer Lecturers

    We are very pleased to announce the lecturers for this summer’s virtual lecture series. The lectures are free and open to the public to register; there is room for the first 300 registrants for each event to attend the live Zoom presentation. All lectures will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in […]

    Posted June 12, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography Awards Second Annual Essay Prize

    The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School (SoFCB) is delighted to announce the winner of our second annual essay prize:

    Elizabeth Neswald, “Things that Don’t Talk Much and Things That Feel: Developing a Material Culture Methodology for ‘Black Box’ Medical Devices,” Nuncius 35 (2020): 632-59.

    In “Things that Don’t Talk Much and Things That Feel,” Elizabeth Neswald offers an incisive analysis of objects often overlooked by material culture studies. Neswald takes late twentieth-century home diabetes monitors––slim, black, about the size of a credit card and relatively featureless––as her objects of study. […]

    Posted May 19, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS General and Buice Scholarship Awards for 2021 Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its General Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations to these recipients and to the many recipients of Rare Book School’s Access 2021 scholarships! […]

    Posted May 14, 2021 by RBS
  • Hamilton College Seeks Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian

    Our friends at Hamilton College are hiring a Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian who will be “responsible for promoting, interpreting, and encouraging the use of the Library’s special collections in support of teaching, learning, and research.” We encourage anyone who is interested in applying to click here for more information about the responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions. […]

    Posted May 12, 2021 by RBS