RBS News

  • New RBS Website

    Welcome to the new Rare Book School website!

    Twenty years after the very first RBS website, and nine years after the last large-scale redesign of the site in early 2006, we have made the leap to a WordPress platform, which will make the site much easier to update and to maintain. It also allows us to share many more photos, provides a more stable platform for video and audio files, and enables us to provide an online store for easy purchases of RBS publications and gifts.


    The versions of the website from 1995 through 2014 will remain live as an archive, but please note that these will not be updated going forward.

    We worked with Helium Studio from Richmond, VA on this redesign, and we are very grateful to them for their excellent work (and for their patience with us as we worked through the complex details of this transition).

    Have a look around the site, and we’d very much appreciate your comments on the new site design. Please send any feedback to Jeremy Dibbell, the Director of Communications & Outreach.

    Posted April 21, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS Director to Deliver Lyell Lectures

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. will deliver a series of six Lyell Lectures at the University of Oxford’s Weston Library beginning on 28 April. All lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is required.



    Posted April 1, 2015 by RBS
  • Manuscript Transcribathon at UVA

    EMMOJoin Rare Book School and the Folger Shakespeare Library for a Manuscript Transcribathon on Wednesday, 18 March in Alderman Library 421 (the large classroom in the Scholars’ Lab). The event will begin at noon with a brown-bag lunch talk by Heather Wolfe, RBS faculty member and Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger: “Why Manuscripts Matter: An Introduction to Early Modern Manuscripts Online.”

    Following the talk, until 7 p.m., participants are invited to lend a hand with one of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s new and exciting digital humanities endeavors: the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. Come learn about paleography and try out user-friendly software tools as you transcribe manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Beginners and experts are welcome: Folger staff and UVA graduate students will be on hand to assist in all aspects of creating transcriptions, and “mini-races” will be held throughout the day (there will be prizes!). Stop in to try a few words and learn about the process, or make a day of it.

    See the Folger blog post EMMO: Early Modern Manuscripts Online for more about the project, or read about the previous transcribathon, held at the University of Pennsylvania in December.

    Posted March 10, 2015 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for October Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for two Rare Book School courses being offered in New York City, 18–23 October 2015:

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for fall courses, submit your application(s) by 1 July. Applications for spring and summer RBS courses are still being considered on a rolling basis; see the Course Schedule page for a full listing of 2015 courses.

    See the Application page for more details.

    Posted February 25, 2015 by RBS
  • IMLS-RBS Fellowships Awarded

    RBS is pleased to announce that the selection process for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians is now complete: a first cohort of twenty IMLS-RBS Fellows has been chosen. This fellowship will allow young professionals to attend an RBS course and to increase their professional involvement at the national level through participation in the conference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the ALA. The aim of the program is to help fellows acquire skills relevant to professional work in special collections and build important professional networks.

    The 2015 IMLS-RBS Fellows are:

    • Sarah M. Allison
    • George L. Apodaca
    • Stephanie Barnwell
    • Tameca Beckett
    • Yuh-Fen Benda
    • Rosemary K.J. Davis
    • Jason W. Dean
    • Marcela S. Estevez
    • Marcie Farwell
    • Jamillah R. Gabriel

    • Aaisha N. Haykal
    • Jameka Lewis
    • Alexsandra K. Mitchell
    • Albert Palacios
    • Tiffany Saulter
    • Curtis Small, Jr.
    • Sandra K. Tharp-Thee
    • Allison C. Tyous
    • Amy C. Vo
    • Brynn White

    See the press release for more information.

    Posted February 11, 2015 by RBS
  • Barbara Heritage Appointed Associate Director of Rare Book School

    We are very pleased to announce that Barbara Heritage has been appointed Rare Book School’s Associate Director & Curator of Collections.

    Barbara has worked at RBS since 2002 in increasingly responsible capacities. “Over many years, Barbara Heritage’s service to Rare Book School has been exemplary,” said Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. In December 2014, Barbara was graduated from the University of Virginia with her Ph.D. in English literature after completing her dissertation, “Brontë and the Bookmakers: Jane Eyre in the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace.”

    “Michael Suarez told me three years ago or so that he would promote me once I had earned my doctoral degree,” Heritage said. “Working a full-time job while pursuing a Ph.D. was very demanding; however, RBS has enriched my research and teaching at every turn. I feel very honored to be recognized by the School. My colleagues and teachers at RBS have been deeply supportive of my studies, and it’s a joy to continue working with them.”

    Many congratulations to Barbara!

    Posted January 27, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS-UVA Fellowship Applications Open

    Applications for the 2015–16 RBS-UVA Fellowships are now being accepted. Rare Book School invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials.

    Significant dates for the fellowship application process:

    4 February 2015: Information Reception (4–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    5 February 2015: Information Reception (4–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    17 March 2015: Project Proposal Workshop (4:30–6 p.m.; 118 Alderman Library)
    2 April 2015: Application Deadline (5 p.m.)

    Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS in 2015, and will submit a final project to RBS by 15 April 2016.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowships page for eligibility requirements and application information, and for links to biographies and projects of previous RBS-UVA Fellows.

    Posted January 20, 2015 by RBS
  • Apply Now for Spring & Summer 2015 Courses

    Applications for spring and summer 2015 courses are now being accepted via our online application system, myRBS.

    Please log in to your myRBS account or create a new account to begin the application process.

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions, submit your application(s) for spring and summer courses by 20 February.

    See the Applications page for more details.

    Posted January 7, 2015 by RBS
  • 2014 Fath Scholarship Awards Announced

    We are happy to announce the recipients of the 2014 Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book. Congratulations!

    • Anne Beck
    • Emily Lynch
    • Brigid Conroy
    • Jesse Marsolais
    • Arini Esarey
    • Genevieve Nordmark

    • Quinn Ferris
    • Robin Price
    • Jerushia Graham
    • Johanna Weizenecker
    • Sarah Hulsey
    • David Wolfe

    Posted January 6, 2015 by RBS
  • 2014 Scholarship Awards Announced

    Rare Book School is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Scholarship Committee awards, as well as the first winners of the Buice Scholarships for returning RBS students. Congratulations!

    Recipients of the IMLS-RBS Fellowships and the Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book will be announced in January.

    Directors’ Scholarship Fund:

    • Jennifer Bradshaw
    • Michelle Lyons-McFarland
    • Amanda Burr
    • Caitlin McCarthy
    • Lucas Dietrich
    • Caleb Mutch
    • Amelia Grounds
    • Philip Palmer
    • Katherine Hindley

    • Anne Peale
    • Sarah Hoover
    • Sara Powell
    • Mary Catherine Kinniburgh
    • Melissa Reynolds
    • Max Koss
    • Jason Rovito
    • Sjoerd Levelt
    • Louisa Trott

    ASECS Scholarship: Christine Griffiths

    Atlas Systems Scholarship: Ariadne Rehbein

    BSA-RBS Scholarship: Ann Johnson

    James Davis Scholarship: Andrew Stewart

    SHARP-RBS Scholarships:

    • Anne Harding
    • Simon Rowberry
    • Alexandra Kordoski
    • Lauren Williams

    William T. Buice III Scholarships:

    • Julie Christenson
    • Dana Hart
    • James Ensley
    • Michelle McCarthy

    • Erin Fletcher
    • Daniel Morse
    • Fionnuala Gerrity
    • Jennifer Robertson

    Posted December 15, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Open House Scheduled for 5 December

    Rare Book School will host an open house for UVA students, faculty and staff on Friday, 5 December from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to promote the RBS-UVA Fellowship program (for students) and the UVA faculty/staff education benefit, which can be used to attend an RBS course. Students who bring a professor with them to the open house will receive an RBS-themed gift. Light refreshments will be served.

    See the RBS-UVA Fellowship page for more information about the program.

    Posted November 25, 2014 by sysop
  • Nicholas Basbanes Article on RBS Featured in Humanities

    Author Nicholas Basbanes joined us for a summer session in Charlottesville this year to give a lecture and conduct interviews and research for an article about Rare Book School. We are delighted that Nick’s article was recently published in Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is now available online or in the print version of the November/December issue.

    Posted November 20, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS at the Boston Book Fair

    If you’ll be in Boston this weekend (14–16 November) for the excellent Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, please be sure to stop by the Rare Book School table on Cultural Row. We’ll be at Booth 617 (floor plan), with printed copies of our just-released 2015 schedule, a slideshow of images from 2014 RBS classes, and more.

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Assistant Director & Curator of Collections Barbara Heritage, Assistant Curator of Collections Tess Goodman, and Director of Communications & Outreach Jeremy Dibbell will all be at the Fair, at the RBS table and around the show floor. We look forward to seeing many RBS friends in Boston!

    Posted November 10, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Announces 2015 Course Schedule

    We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Rare Book School spring and summer course schedule! Along with 26 courses in Charlottesville, RBS will also offer courses at the Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington; in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and the Library Company of Philadelphia; and at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

    Eight new courses are on the schedule for 2015: Reference Sources for Researching Printed Americana (L-45); Digital Approaches to Bibliography & Book History (L-100); The Bible and Histories of Reading (H-105); Modern Art of the Book (H-35); Reading Publishers’ Archives for the Study of the American Book (H-95); The Eighteenth-Century Book (H-100); Preservation Imaging: Science, Scholarship, and the Artifact (L-105); and The Art & Science of Cartography, 200–1550 (H-110).

    See the full schedule.

    Posted October 30, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Receives Grant for Additional RBS-Mellon Fellowships

    Rare Book School has been awarded a grant in the amount of $757,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a third cohort of fellows for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography. Forty fellows currently participate in the program; RBS will admit an additional twenty fellows to the program in the spring of 2015. The aim of the program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. Fellows will receive funding and stipends for RBS course attendance, as well as support for research-related travel to special collections. The deadline for application to the program is 1 December 2014. Interested scholars are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. See the RBS-Mellon Fellowship page for more details. Press release.

    Posted October 1, 2014 by sysop
  • Now Accepting Applications for RBS Scholarships, IMLS-RBS Fellowships

    We are now accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship cycle. To begin the application process, please log into your myRBS account (or create a new myRBS account). On the Home screen, click the “Apply for a Scholarship or Fellowship” button on the left side of the page. If you have any trouble with myRBS, see the FAQ page or email rbs_programs@virginia.edu.

    Applications are now open for RBS Scholarship Committee scholarships (for first-time RBS students); Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book (for first-time RBS students); William T. Buice III Scholarships (for returning RBS students); and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. See the individual scholarship pages for more information about each type of scholarship/fellowship. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

    NB: The application deadline for RBS Scholarship Committee awards, Buice Scholarships for returning students, and the IMLS-RBS Fellowships is Wednesday, 15 October 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. The application deadline for Fath Scholarships is Friday, 7 November 2014 at 5 p.m. EST.

    Posted September 2, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Featured in Washington Post Video

    Rare Book School is the subject of a new five-minute video from the Washington Post:

    Posted August 28, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Faculty Member James Reilly Receives Preservation Award

    RBS faculty member James Reilly, director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has received the 2014 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS). The award recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation of library materials. James received the award on 28 June, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

    See the ALA press release for more information on the award.

    Posted July 2, 2014 by sysop
  • RBS Announces 2014 Summer Lecture Series Schedule

    The staff at Rare Book School are thrilled to announce the exciting lineup for this summer’s lecture series. The schedule is packed with talks by specialists who will speak on a wide array of subjects, from braille to zines and engraving to word processing.

    The lectures are free and open to the public. All talks will take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (unless otherwise noted) on the lecture schedule.

    Posted June 4, 2014 by sysop
  • Now Accepting Applications for October Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for three Rare Book School courses being offered in October:

    Applications for Rare Book School courses are considered on a rolling basis until a course has reached enrollment capacity. To be considered for the first round of admissions decisions for fall courses, submit your application(s) by 1 July.

    See the Application & Admissions page for more details.

    Posted May 12, 2014 by sysop