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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. […]

    Posted 14 days ago by RBS
  • “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. […]

    Posted 19 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 21 days ago by RBS
  • “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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 2 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 8 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 22 days ago by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted 2 months, 1 day ago by RBS
  • 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 2 months, 21 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 3 months, 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 3 months, 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 3 months, 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 Click here for the full posting. […]

    Posted 3 months, 19 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 May 16, 2022 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 May 13, 2022 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 May 2, 2022 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 April 19, 2022 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Lance Heidig

    Rare Book School mourns the loss of Lance Heidig, who died at his home in Ithaca, NY, on Tuesday, April 6th. He will be much missed by his friends and colleagues at RBS, where he attended many courses. His obituary and a guest book are available here. […]

    Posted April 8, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Moves to All Online Offerings for Summer 2021

    Owing to the status of the COVID-19 vaccines, Rare Book School has decided to transition from offering a combination of in-person and online courses to offering courses only online in 2021. 

    We will still offer a full roster of courses this summer. In addition to the online courses already listed on the schedule for 2021, students can look forward to many more listings over the next few weeks. All online courses will be primarily synchronous in nature, with most meeting for approximately 22 hours in a single week via Zoom between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. […]

    Posted February 1, 2021 by RBS
  • RBS Mourns the Passing of Giovanni Favretti

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Giovanni Favretti, former Vice-Chair of Rare Book School’s Board of Directors.

    Giovanni grew up in Storrs, CT and graduated from Harvard College, majoring in Classics. He later studied conducting at the Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg. A polymath, he worked in many fields, from teaching to publishing to banking. An avid and accomplished pianist and singer, he sang bass in Amor Artis and served as a valued board member for multiple organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera Club (where he was a former president), the Bagby Foundation, Rare Book School, […]

    Posted January 19, 2021 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Summer 2021 Courses

    Applications for summer 2021 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    Along with 20 courses in Charlottesville, courses will be held at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University; the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library; the Grolier Club; the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and at the Latin American Library at Tulane University.

    In addition to the in-person courses, RBS will also be running a selection of synchronous online courses. […]

    Posted January 12, 2021 by RBS