Autumn courses at Rare Books School (Virginia, USA)

rbs1This fall, Rare Book School will offer three courses that may be of interest to members of the IFLA Rare & Special community.


Special Collections Librarianship aims to teach the current issues, best practices, organizational development, knowledge and skills surrounding special collections librarianship. Taught by Michael Inman, Curator of Rare Books for the New York Public Library, at the main branch of NYPL, this course is a must-take for early-career professionals interested in special collections and for those who have not taken formal special collections coursework. (The full course description and advance reading list can be found at


l-105promoflyer_fall2016Preservation Imaging: Science, Scholarship, and the Artifact examines non-invasive scientific techniques and the cultural, societal and provenance information they can uncover. The course will take place at the Library of Congress and will be taught by Fenella France, Chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. (The full course description and advance reading list can be found at


h-110promoflyer_fall2016The Art & Science of Cartography, 200–1500 introduces students to some of the earliest forms of cartography and examines in detail the construction methods of some of the masterpieces of Renaissance cartography and other examples of early cartography at the Library of Congress. Class discussion will consider medieval and early Renaissance theories of the earth and the relationship of cartography to contemporary developments in astronomy and navigation as well as the social and cultural aspects of patronage and production. (The full course description and advance reading list can be found at


Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for these and other courses taking place 16–21 October.  To apply, please visit myRBS (, set up your account, and submit your application materials. RBS accepts applications on a rolling basis and will continue to do so until all courses fill. For general information on the application process, visit the RBS Admissions & Awards page (

We would be grateful if you would forward this information to colleagues and students in the field who might benefit from an RBS course.


If you have any questions about RBS courses or the application process, please contact us at

Amanda Nelsen, Director of Programs & Education, Rare Book School, University of Virginia

Cite this blog post
IFLA Rare Books & Special Collections Section (2016, September 14). Autumn courses at Rare Books School (Virginia, USA). Rare & Special: News from the Rare Books and Special Collections Section of IFLA. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from

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