Monthly Archive: April 2023


What happens when a book is lost? Cooperation between Libraries and the Rare Book Trade & the ILAB Missing Books Register

Thursday, 11 May 2023, 2 p.m. BST, 90 minutes What happens when a book is lost? Missing a rare book or experiencing theft can be a disturbing situation for any librarian, as well as for rare booksellers. This webinar discusses ways to inform the rare book trade in order to stop illicit material from circulating and, whenever possible, to help in the return of missing items. The IFLA Rare Book and Special Collections Section (RBSC) and ILAB, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, are collaborating to emphasise the importance of reporting missing items to the book trade. Booksellers will present...

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Empire, Indigeneity, and Colonial Heritage Collections: Confronting Difficult Pasts, Enabling Just Futures

Call for Papers, WLIC 2023 The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section (RBSC) and the Indigenous Matters Section (IM) are seeking proposals for presentations and sessions for their Joint Satellite Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2023 in Leiden on the 18th and 19th of August, 2023. This Satellite Conference will be devoted to the role that individuals working in the area of special collections and heritage can have in confronting the ongoing legacies of colonialism, and creating space for Indigenous perspectives. How can librarians, archivists, and curators contribute and act to engender a deep and...


Libraries in the Time of War Symposium / Uppsala, Sweden / March 2023

The 2023 mid-term meeting of the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections committee was held 15–17 March in Uppsala, Sweden. The first day was dedicated to committee meetings, which were held in the Uppsala University Library main building, Carolina Rediviva. This included discussions about upcoming webinars, satellite meetings, and conference sessions, among other things. The first day ended with a tour of the library, with a special focus on Book Hall and its historical collections. The second day of RBSC’s midterm meeting was devoted to Libraries in the Time of War, arranged by the IFLA RBSC in collaboration with CERL...

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