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  • 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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 on 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.


    Posted on 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 on January 24, 2022 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 on November 17, 2021 by RBS