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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
  • “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. […]

    Posted 1 month, 29 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
  • “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 3 months, 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 3 months, 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 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 schuetze@usc.edu. Click here for the full posting. […]

    Posted 3 months, 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 May 31, 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
  • 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 April 28, 2022 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 April 25, 2022 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 April 21, 2022 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 April 14, 2022 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 April 11, 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
  • “Digital Writing & Digital Divides in the U.S.” with Leonardo Flores

    The Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia invites you to attend a virtual presentation on “Digital Writing & Digital Divides in the U.S.: Electronic Literature & Privilege” by Leonardo Flores on Wednesday, 6 April, 10:30–11:45 a.m. ET. This Zoom presentation is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Click here to view the details and register.

    Leonardo will trace how white practitioners have dominated e-lit authorship and study: materially through who’s had access to technology and programming education, and via biased definitions of the field limiting it to only certain privileged aesthetics. […]

    Posted March 28, 2022 by RBS
  • ABAA Mentorship Program: Call for Applications

    The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) Women’s Initiative Committee is proud to announce the second round of the ABAA Mentorship Program.

    In an effort to further the Association’s mission, the mentorship program builds relationships between ABAA dealers and early career booksellers, provides professional development opportunities for prospective ABAA members, and creates a recruitment pipeline that increases the number and diversity of qualified applicants to the ABAA. The 2022 mentee application can be found here.

    During the year-long mentorship period, with support from ABAA Headquarters, mentors and mentees meet monthly to discuss aspects of their individual businesses and the trade as a whole. […]

    Posted March 28, 2022 by RBS
  • “Found Objects Objetos encontrados: A Bilingual Poetry Reading” with Nicole Cecilia Delgado

    You’re invited to attend “Found Objects Objetos Encontrados: A Bilingual Poetry Reading” with Puerto Rican poet and book artist Nicole Cecilia Delgado, Thursday, 24 March 2022, 5:30 p.m. ET, in Clark Hall 108 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

    Nicole Cecilia Delgado will read from her most recent bilingual anthology, Objetos encontrados / Found Objects (DoubleCross Press, 2021).

    This live-only event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

    “Nicole Cecilia Delgado is a poet, translator, and book artist. Her latest book of poems, Periodo Especial(Aguadulce/La Impresora), […]

    Posted March 14, 2022 by RBS
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

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    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