RBS News

  • Register now for ABAA-RBS Seminar Series in Boston

    Rare Book School and the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) are co-sponsoring a one-day seminar series at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 (just prior to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair). These seminars have been designed to be of interest to book collectors and booksellers, but signup is open to anyone with an interest in the topics covered. The cost to attend the seminar series is $300. Seminar instructors will be Terry Belanger, Don Lindgren, Nina Musinsky, Todd Pattison, and David Whitesell.

    As space is limited, registration for the seminar series will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the signup process, you will be asked to rank your choices for each concurrent session, and these will be assigned until each seminar has reached capacity. We encourage “early bird” signup before 18 September, to improve your chances of getting a seat in your top-choice seminars. Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair.

    See the event page for a full schedule, seminar descriptions, and a link to the signup form.

    Posted September 3, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS Director Appointed CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. has been appointed a Distinguished Presidential Fellow by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Suarez “will provide expert counsel and strategic advice for CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program and its Postdoctoral Fellowship program.”

    See the full announcement from CLIR.

    Posted September 1, 2015 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for RBS Scholarships and IMLS-RBS Fellowships

    We are now accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship cycle. Applications are now open for all RBS-awarded scholarships (for both first-time and returning RBS students) and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowships for Early-Career Librarians. For general queries about scholarships or fellowships, see the FAQs page. Participation in the scholarship/fellowship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

    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 FAQs page or email rbsprograms@virginia.edu.

    The application deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships and for the IMLS-RBS Fellowship is Friday, 30 October 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT.

    Please note that we are offering several new scholarships this year, including the ABAA Southeast Chapter Scholarship, the Caxton Club Scholarship, and several awards funded by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.

    Posted August 27, 2015 by RBS
  • President Announces Intent to Nominate RBS Director to Serve on National Council on the Humanities

    On Tuesday, 28 July, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

    The National Council on the Humanities is composed of twenty-six distinguished private citizens appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with each member serving staggered six-year terms.

    See the full White House press release.

    Posted July 29, 2015 by RBS
  • Now Accepting Applications for December Courses

    Applications are now being accepted via myRBS for two Rare Book School courses being offered in Cambridge, MA, 6–11 December 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 December courses, submit your application(s) by 1 September.

    See the Apply to RBS courses page for more details.

    Posted July 16, 2015 by RBS
  • Ruth-Ellen St. Onge Joins RBS Staff as Assistant Curator of Collections

    stongeWe are very pleased to announce that Ruth-Ellen St. Onge has joined the Rare Book School staff as Assistant Curator of Collections and Special Assistant to the Associate Director.

    Ruth-Ellen holds a Master of Information Studies and a Ph.D. in French Studies and Book History and Print Culture from the University of Toronto. She is an active council member of the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, and is the author of several published articles and reviews. For ten years, while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate studies, Ruth-Ellen worked as a research assistant in the Joseph Sablé Centre for 19th Century French Studies, a rare book library and research collection now housed within the Special Collections of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.

    Her book-related interests include special collections librarianship; letterpress printing; and the history of publishing, illustration, and typography.

    “We’re delighted to have Ruth-Ellen St. Onge join Rare Book School’s full-time staff,” said Barbara Heritage, Associate Director and Curator of Collections. “She brings to RBS valuable experience with rare books, printing, and book historical scholarship that will greatly enrich the School’s collections, as well as the RBS community.”

    Welcome Ruth-Ellen!

    Posted July 1, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS Announces 2015 Summer Lecture Schedule

    The staff at Rare Book School are thrilled to announce the exciting lineup for this summer’s lecture series at the University of Virginia. The lectures are free and open to the public. All talks will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (unless otherwise noted). Lectures will last 30–40 minutes with 10 minutes for Q&A, and will be followed by a reception in the RBS space on the first floor of Alderman Library (Alderman 118).

    Monday, 8 June: William Zachs, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh: The Rev. Hugh Blair (1718–1800): 
The J. K. Rowling of Eighteenth-Century Britain?

    Tuesday, 9 June: Thomas F. Bonnell, Professor of English, St. Mary’s College: ‘Pray gentlemen compositors …’: Boswell’s Life of Johnson from Manuscript to Book

    Monday, 15 June: Nancy Tomasko, Independent Scholar: Oh, so THIS is Chinese Paper!

    Wednesday, 17 June: Russell Maret, Private Press Printer & Type Designer: The Post-Typographic Private Press

    Monday, 6 July: Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, Tulane University: Knots, Paint, and Ink: Books and Print in Early Spanish America

    Wednesday, 8 July: Kenneth Karmiole of Kenneth Karmiole, Bookseller, Inc.: Collecting the Abbey Press

    Monday, 20 July: Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Smithsonian Libraries: Unveiling a Gem

    Wednesday, 22 July: Jerome E. Singerman, Senior Humanities Editor, University of Pennsylvania Press: Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: or, How Do We Move Forward Without Getting Run Over?

    Monday, 27 July: Marianna Shreve Simpson, Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania & Guest Curator, Princeton University Art Museum: Who’s Hiding Here? Artists and their Signatures in Persian Manuscripts of the Early Modern Period

    Wednesday, 29 July: Sarah Werner, Digital Media Strategist, Folger Shakespeare Library: How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media in 3 Easy Steps: A Guide for Researchers and Librarians

    We are very grateful to our 2015 summer lecture sponsors: the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (sponsoring the 8 June lecture by William Zachs); and the Southeast Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (sponsoring the 8 July lecture by Kenneth Karmiole).

    For information on lectures at other RBS course locations, or to listen to past lectures, see www.rarebookschool.org/lectures.

    Posted June 1, 2015 by RBS
  • RBS-Mellon Fellowships Awarded

    RBS is pleased to announce that the selection process for the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography is now complete: a third cohort of 20 RBS-Mellon Fellows has been chosen. The aim of the fellowship program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdocs, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. Read more about the 2015–17 fellows.

    “During the past two years, Rare Book School’s Mellon Fellows have been extraordinarily active, integrating bibliographical and book-historical methods into their research and teaching, while also sharing their new understandings with colleagues via innovative academic symposia,” said RBS Director Michael F. Suarez, S.J. “We remain deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for all it has done to make their achievements possible. Our third and final Mellon-supported cohort likewise shows great promise, and we much look forward to their contributions.” See the full press release.

    Posted May 18, 2015 by RBS
  • Audio of Past RBS Lectures Now Available Online

    We are very pleased to announce that audio recordings of more than 100 Book Arts Press/Rare Book School lectures from the past four decades are now available online at www.rarebookschool.org/lectures. Along with most lectures from the past several years, those now converted from the original cassette tapes include talks by Sue Allen, Nicolas Barker, and G. Thomas Tanselle, as well as:

    • Graham Pollard, “The Scope of Bibliography” (27 November 1973), the earliest lecture for which we have a recording
    • Leona Rostenberg, “The Library of Robert Hooke: A Microcosm of the Restoration Book Trade” (12 April 1982)
    • Edwin Wolf 2nd, “Rare Book and Research Libraries: Creating an Image” (12 July 1983), the first lecture during a summer Rare Book School session
    • Lawrence Witten, “Microcomputers in my Rare Book Business” (15 August 1984)
    • D. F. McKenzie, “Orality, Literacy, and Print in Early New Zealand” (23 January 1984); “From Book to Text: Pushing Bibliography On?” (27 January 1986)
    • Nearly all of the annual Sol. M. and Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Lectures

    To listen, simply click the linked title (in red) of the past lecture. Additional audio will be added later this year; if you have particular requests please send them to Jeremy Dibbell at jeremy.dibbell@virginia.edu. If we have a recording of the lecture, we’ll make every effort to post it. We are also exploring other options for making these recordings available (whether through iTunes or similar services), and will have more information on that as we firm up those plans.

    Posted May 12, 2015 by RBS
  • Announcing the 2015–16 RBS-UVA Fellows

    The 2015–16 cohort of RBS-UVA Fellows has been selected. The new fellows are:

    • Jennifer Camp – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Peter Chekin – Ph.D. student, Department of French
    • Elizabeth Doe – Ph.D. student, McIntire Department of Art
    • Carol Guarnieri – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Christian Howard – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Peter Miller – Ph.D. student, Department of English
    • Evan Waters – Ph.D. student, Department of Classics

    Each of the fellows will attend an RBS course this summer, and will submit a final fellowship project by 15 April 2016.

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

    Posted May 5, 2015 by RBS
  • First Lyell Lecture Available to View

    Rare Book School Director Michael F. Suarez’s first Lyell Lecture, “Engraved Throughout: Pine’s Horace (1733) as a Bibliographical Object,” delivered in Oxford on 28 April, is available for viewing at http://livestream.com/oxuni/lyell, or via the player below. The Lyell Lectures continue through 14 May: see the full schedule.

    Posted May 1, 2015 by RBS
  • 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