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  • Call for Papers: Primeros Libros de las Américas Project Triennial Symposium

    The Primeros Libros de las Américas project, an international collaboration of more than 25 institutional partners throughout Mexico, Spain, Peru, and the United States that seeks to bring together digitally the first books printed in the Americas before 1601, is organizing its triennial symposium, which will take place in person on Friday, October 11, 2024, at the Francisco de Burgoa Library (UABJO), Oaxaca, Mexico.

    Scholars who are undertaking research related to book production, trade, and use in the Americas during the sixteenth century are invited to submit presentation proposals. […]

    Posted on May 20, 2024 by RBS
  • Rare Books Librarian —The Saint Louis University Libraries & Museums

    The Saint Louis University Libraries & Museums seek an innovative Rare Books Librarian who will develop our collections, support research, increase campus engagement, and strengthen relationships with donors and stakeholders. Serving in the Distinctive Collections and Digital Services department and supervised by the University Archivist, the Rare Books Librarian will oversee a collection of more than 30,000 rare books with particular strengths in Jesuit and Catholic history, philosophy, exploration and travel, and science and medicine. The Rare Books Librarian will also support Humanities instruction in the Research and Instruction Services department as a subject liaison for one or more subjects, […]

    Posted on April 12, 2024 by RBS
  • Education and Outreach Librarian for Special Collections — Hamilton College

    Hamilton College is currently seeking 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. Responsibilities include supporting the integration of special collections materials into the curriculum by faculty and students; research support for faculty, students, and researchers; and creating finding aids in collaboration with other special collections and archives staff. Desired qualifications include a master’s degree in library science or a related field and previous instructional experience in a college-level or higher setting. To learn more, including how to apply, […]

    Posted on March 18, 2024 by RBS
  • Conservation & Book Arts Librarian — Wesleyan University

    Wesleyan University is currently searching for a new Conservation & Book Arts Librarian to oversee the library’s conservation and preservation activities through the managing of the book conservation lab. Additionally, the selected candidate will build upon the existing foundations of working with faculty, classes, and students to create class sessions and learning opportunities related to book construction and other book arts topics. The Conservation & Book Arts Librarian will work within a newly formed Unique Collections department, where they will get to work closely with other collections’ managers that range from special collections, university archives, ethnographic collections, and world music collections.  […]

    Posted on March 15, 2024 by RBS
  • Traveling Seminar: Afro-Eurasian Origins of Print

    The Research and Academic Program of the Clark Art Institute is sponsoring a travelling seminar on the global origins and transmission of print. The seminar will first convene September 18–21, 2024 in Williamstown, MA and in New Haven, CT to explore collections and begin establishing material and conceptual arenas of exploration. In May 2025, the working group will travel to South Korea for a week to visit collections, and final dates will be determined based on participants’ availability for future travel to Munich and Mainz, Germany. For more information, including how to apply, please click here. […]

    Posted on March 8, 2024 by RBS
  • New Training Program: San Gemini Book & Paper Conservation School

    San Gemini Preservation Studies is pleased to announce a new program: the San Gemini Book & Paper Conservation School. Students will be taught the skills necessary to be a professional conservator/restorer of books and documents made with Western paper technology from the sixteenth century to the present. The program is aimed at people wishing to work in rare book libraries, archives, museums, and conservation laboratories. The classes take place from September 2024 to May 2025 in San Gemini, Italy, and all education is to be done in-person, in the English language. […]

    Posted on March 5, 2024 by RBS
  • Wells Book Arts Summer Institute

    What will you make this summer? Explore the lakeside studios of the Wells College Book Arts Center at this year’s Summer Institute. Study with experienced instructors from around the country in close-knit, intensive workshops for bookbinding, letterpress, risograph printing, papermaking, marbling, book making, woodcut, and wood engraving. Summer 2024 workshops take place June 9–15 and June 16–22 in Aurora-on-Cayuga, New York. Discover more online at or […]

    Posted on February 26, 2024 by RBS
  • 2024–26 Wells College Art Archivist Fellowship

    The Book Art Center and Louis Jefferson Long Library at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y., welcomes applications for the 2024–26 Fellowship in Art Archiving. The Art Archivist Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from a library, museum, or related program who wishes to pursue collections-based work, and is made possible through the Windgate Foundation. More information and application instructions are available here. Applications will be accepted through March 31 for an anticipated July start date. […]

    Posted on February 26, 2024 by RBS
  • Cluster of four Curators — Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Yale University

    The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Yale University invites applications for a cluster of four curators to build, interpret, and steward the library’s extraordinary collections in one or more of the following areas of focus: 1) Indigenous history and culture; 2) European history and culture, pre-1800; 3) Caribbean and/or Black Atlantic World; 3) Medieval studies; 4) U.S. history and culture, especially pre-1900; 5) Ethnicity, race, and migration; 6) Gender and sexuality; 7) History of science; 8) Environmental studies; 9) Visual culture; and 10) Material history. To learn more about this job opening and to apply, please click here. […]

    Posted on February 12, 2024 by RBS
  • Rare Books Librarian (Assistant Librarian) — J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

    The Division of Special Collections at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library seeks a vital contributor to its research, teaching, and collections development missions in the role of Rare Books Librarian. This key position will help guide the strategic direction of Special Collections by acting as the primary caretaker of one of the major rare books collections in Utah and the Intermountain West. An active and visible presence on campus, the Librarian will establish collaboration and teaching opportunities in a wide range of subjects and uses of collection items. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Special Collections, the Rare Books Librarian will participate in setting divisional priorities and developing practices and policies together with the Special Collections leadership team. […]

    Posted on December 7, 2023 by RBS
  • Library Company of Philadelphia Exhibition: Leaves of Green

    Please join the Library Company of Philadelphia for a special exhibition honoring Jim Green’s 38 years of service as Librarian Emeritus at the Library Company. The free exhibition, “Leaves of Green,” begins 8 November and is open to the public Mondays through Fridays. It will highlight some of Jim’s favorite acquisitions made during his time as Curator and Librarian (1983– 2021), as well as his exhibitions, scholarship, and the lasting relationships he formed with collectors and shareholders at the Library Company. As an RBS faculty member, Jim has taught “The History of the Book in Antebellum America,” “Key Moments in the History of the Book in the Antebellum United States,” and “The History of the Book in America, […]

    Posted on November 3, 2023 by RBS
  • Three-Part Lectures Series: “Cambridge Bookbinding, 1450-1775”

    RBS faculty member David Pearson will give three lectures as part of the 2023 Sandars Lectures at Cambridge University next month. Pearson most recently taught the RBS summer course Provenance: Tracing Owners & Collections. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of English Studies. The Sandars Lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be held in person (at Cambridge University’s Robinson College), live-streamed, and recorded. […]

    Posted on October 24, 2023 by RBS
  • Library Director — The Society of the Cincinnati

    The Society of the Cincinnati is seeking a Library Director to join their team in Washington, D.C. Qualifications for the Library Director position include appreciation for the mission of the Society and for early American history; currently serving as a practicing librarian, with a master’s degree in library and information science, or related field, with relevant experience in special collections management; and professional presentation skills and excellent approachability/social skills. […]

    Posted on October 5, 2023 by RBS
  • The American Trust for the British Library Virtual Event: “Selling Falsehoods: Forgeries in Collecting & Scholarship”

    The American Trust for the British Library invites you to the fifth annual David N. Redden Conversation, “Selling Falsehoods: Forgeries in Collecting & Scholarship,” a free virtual program and dialogue. This Zoom event, which is open to the public, will be held on Thursday 26 October at 5:30 p.m. ET. Speakers will include RBS faculty member Nick Wilding and longtime RBS supporter Kenneth W. Rendell, among others. Advanced registration is required here. […]

    Posted on October 5, 2023 by RBS
  • Moore College of Art & Design Virtual Event: “Artists Books at Fifty: Tony White in Conversation with Dianne Vanderlip”

    On Thursday, 12 October at 7:00 p.m. ET, Connelly Library, the Department of Fine Arts, and the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design will sponsor a free virtual event, “Artists Books at Fifty: Tony White in Conversation with Dianne Vanderlip.” In 1973, Vanderlip curated an exhibition titled Artists Books at Moore College of Art and Design, marking the first use of this pivotal phrase in the contemporary context. […]

    Posted on September 21, 2023 by RBS
  • Assistant Director, Special Collections Research Center — Syracuse University Libraries

    Reporting to the Director of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), the SCRC Assistant Director plays an important leadership role in the establishment and implementation of frameworks for responsible stewardship and description of an estimated $250–$500 million worth of Syracuse University’s unique and rare collections held within Special Collections, the Belfer Audio Archive, and University Archives. The Assistant Director supervises librarians, staff, and student workers. This position fosters a flexible, collaborative work environment within the Center and with other units within the Libraries and on campus. The Assistant Director demonstrates a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and reparative archives initiatives that grow and develop the SCRC staff, […]

    Posted on September 21, 2023 by RBS
  • Head of Special Collections — Wesleyan University

    Wesleyan University is seeking a new Head of Special Collections. Wesleyan’s Special Collections is made up of over 45,000 volumes of rare books ranging from medieval manuscript codices and early printed books to 21st-century fine press books. It also maintains a strong collection of over 1,000 artists’ books with one highlight being those on social justice and related issues. It is part of the newly formed Unique Collections department that includes the University Archives, Archaeology & Anthropology Collections, Center for East Asian Studies Art & Archival Collections, and the World Music Archives. Reporting to the Dietrich Family Associate University Librarian for Unique Collections, […]

    Posted on September 14, 2023 by RBS
  • Special Collections Office Coordinator — Princeton University Library

    Princeton University Library Special Collections is seeking an enthusiastic, organized individual with strong collaboration and customer service skills to take on the newly established full-time role of Office Coordinator. Reporting to the Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections Public Services, the Office Coordinator will be a welcoming presence at our front desk and provide day-to-day management of the public spaces in SC Firestone Library as well as office support to several areas of Special Collections. The person in this position will coordinate departmental events in SC Firestone and will be responsible for administering the library research grant program. […]

    Posted on July 25, 2023 by RBS
  • Curator of Maps and Graphics — Clements Library, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

    The William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is looking for a full-time Curator of Maps and Graphics. Reporting to the Director of the Clements Library, this position will be responsible for collection development, conservation, and access for maps and graphic arts materials in the Clements collections. Required qualifications include: 1) an M.A. in Art History, American Studies, Media Studies, History, Geography, Literature, or related areas, or an M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited library school with 4-plus years of experience working with graphic & map materials; and 2) knowledge of or experience with current practices and standards related to the identification, […]

    Posted on July 18, 2023 by RBS
  • American Antiquarian Society Lecture: “Caterina Jarboro, the 1898 Wilmington Riot, and the Challenges of the Archive”

    The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) invites you to attend a free, hybrid event, “Caterina Jarboro, the 1898 Wilmington Riot, and the Challenges of the Archive,” which will take place both online and in person at AAS’s Antiquarian Hall, on Wednesday 19 July at 7:00 p.m. ET. Admission is free, but registration is required for both virtual and in-person attendance. For more information and to register, click here. […]

    Posted on June 8, 2023 by RBS
  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture Event: “British Virginia—A Digital Humanities Project”

    The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) invites you to attend a free, in-person event, “British Virginia—A Digital Humanities Project,” which will take place at the VMHC on Tuesday 25 April at 4:00 p.m. ET. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information and to register, click here […]

    Posted on April 19, 2023 by RBS
  • Printer of the Press — Colorado College

    Colorado College is hiring a new full-time Printer of the Press, who will manage/run the letterpress printshop, work with students and faculty in book arts, produce books for the Press imprint, and teach some courses in letterpress printmaking. Required qualifications include an M.A. in Fine Art or a B.A. in Art with substantial corollary work in Fine Art; and two years of related experience as a letterpress printer, book/graphic designer, small press publisher, and/or teacher of books arts. For more information and to apply, please click here. […]

    Posted on April 6, 2023 by RBS
  • The Dark Archives Scholarship Fund: Call for Applications, Starting 27 March 2023

    In partnership with its donors, the Guild of Book Workers is pleased to announce an upcoming funding opportunity, The Dark Archives Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is designed to help expand funding opportunities in the area of Book Arts education. The funds, of up to $800, may be used by any individual identifying as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) towards taking or teaching a book arts class. Applications will be accepted beginning 27 March 2023 on this webpage. […]

    Posted on March 17, 2023 by RBS
  • Two New Job Opening — Wells College

    Wells College is hiring two new positions: Director for the Book Arts Center and Victor Hammer Fellow. Review of applications for both positions will begin on 1 March 2023. […]

    Posted on February 20, 2023 by RBS
  • Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network: Professional Development Funding

    The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network (DPOE-N) is seeking applications from individuals and institutions to support professional development in the area of digital preservation. DPOE-N is interested in hearing from both individuals and  institutions who are looking to enhance their digital preservation capacities, those who may have digital preservation challenges stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as emerging professionals with an interest in digital preservation, and any information worker laid off or furloughed during the Covid- 19 pandemic.

    Interested individuals may apply, for example, to use funds to participate in L-130v. Digital Sustainability for Cultural Collections, […]

    Posted on January 18, 2023 by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted on December 21, 2022 by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted on December 14, 2022 by RBS
  • 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. […]

    Posted on December 8, 2022 by RBS
  • 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 on November 14, 2022 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 on November 9, 2022 by RBS