Monthly Archive: October 2015


“Picking Up the Pieces”: 8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Picking up the pieces In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year’s theme, “Picking up the Pieces,” considers the notions and consequences of fragmentation and reconstitution. When books are broken up, collections dispersed, or a society’s intellectual heritage is fragmented by time, nature, and human interventions, the act of piecing together the remains can lead to surprising insights about how and why...


“Lyon, une capitale du livre à la Renaissance” : une nouvelle ressource en ligne sur l’histoire du livre à Lyon au XVIe siècle

Le site de l’Université Ouverte des Humanités propose une nouvelle ressource en ligne et gratuite sur l’histoire du livre à Lyon au XVIe siècle : Lyon, une capitale du livre à la Renaissance. Au XVIe siècle, Lyon fut une des capitales européennes et un centre majeur de l’imprimerie, au même titre que Paris, Venise ou Francfort. Pendant longtemps, elle ne fut célébrée dans l’historiographie traditionnelle qu’à travers les grands noms qui ont contribué à « l’âge d’or du livre lyonnais », à l’image des imprimeurs, marchands, ou les deux à la fois : Sébastien Gryphe, Étienne Dolet, Jean de Tournes, Guillaume Rouillé....


The 37th Annual Conference on Book Trade History – Words on Paper : Transmission in Manuscript and Print, from the Fifteenth Century

The 37th Annual Conference on Book Trade History This year’s annual conference on book trade history will explore the uses of manuscript and print in the communication of ideas and information across four centuries. Leading scholars in the field will present original papers, drawing evidence from different countries and different historical periods. Speakers include Paul Davis (University College, London), Michael Harris, Arnold Hunt (British Library), Alison Shell (University College, London), Rowan Watson (V&A), and Bettina Wagner (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich).   The conference is organised by Michael Harris, Giles Mandelbrote and Robin Myers, in association with the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association Educational...


Managing and Promoting Special Collections in Africa: RBSC’s IFLA WLIC 2015 Preconference Satellite Meeting

Annual conferences are often bookended by preconferences and workshops at the start of them with tours of libraries, exhibits, and scenic side trips at their end, and the 2015 IFLA WLIC conference was no exception. But, what was exceptional was the theme and content of this year’s satellite meeting: Managing and Promoting Special Collections in Africa: the Bleek-Lloyd Collection and Beyond. Sponsored by IFLA’s Rare Books and Special Collections Section, organized by David Farneth (The Getty Institute), and hosted by Renate Meyer (Head, Special Collections Library, University of Cape Town), the preconference was a one day event that was attended...


Seminariet: International Perspectives on Rare Book Librarianship (19 October 2015, Stockholm, Kungl. biblioteket)

Den 19 oktober 2015 arrangeras seminariet International Perspectives on Rare Book Librarianship i samarbete med Kungl. biblioteket. Seminariet vänder sig i första hand till personer som arbetar vid större eller mindre bibliotek som har egna äldre boksamlingar. Seminariet sätter denna typ av samlingar i ett större, internationellt perspektiv och visar på vikten av att tillgängliggöra dessa samlingar. Dagen ingår i seminarieserien Bevara för framtiden, som har som syfte att öka kunskapen om bevarande och tillgängliggörande av äldre boksamlingar. Seminarieserien är finansierad av Kungl. biblioteket och arrangerad i samverkan mellan Umeå universitetsbibliotek, Uppsala universitetsbibliotek, Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek, Västerås stadsbibliotek samt Stockholms universitetsbibliotek. För...


Neues Inkunabel-Blog der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

In der vergangenen Woche ist das neue Blog-Netzwerk für Forschung und Kultur der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin ans Netz gegangen: Nunmehr ist auch ein speziell der Inkunabelforschung gewidmetes, vom Inkunabelreferat der SBB-PK unterhaltenes Blog in unserem Netzwerk verfügbar: Die ersten Mitteilungen sind bereits eingestellt, weitere in dichter Folge zu erwarten, und wir würden uns über Anregungen, Hinweise, Kommentare und natürlich auch über Gastbeiträge (siehe dazu zunächst sehr freuen. — The Berlin State Library has recently launched its new Blog network at Within this network there’s a special blog dedicated to incunabula research, maintained by my subdepartment:


IFLA Conference Session Explores African Cultural Heritage Collaboration

At the IFLA Annual World Congress this year in Cape Town, the Rare Books and Special Collections Section sponsored a session devoted to “fostering collaboration to build and preserve African cultural heritage.” The section’s members devised the program to call broader attention to some of the impressive collaborative work that has been undertaken over the years as well as to get an update on the current state of the Timbuktu manuscripts. Four of the five papers can be found in the IFLA Library. Daryl Green (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom) moderated the session attended by ca. 200 people in...

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