Rare Book Librarianship: An Introduction and Guide
185 pages • 6⅛ x 9¼
Year Published: 2012
Successfully managing rare book collections requires very specific knowledge and skills. This handbook provides that essential information in a single volume.
Modern digital technologies and a growing interest in the history of the book as an academic discipline have refocused attention on rare and historic materials. Today's modern digital technologies have enabled new ways to archive and share these documents, but the proper care and preservation of the original is still a challenge.
Rare Book Librarianship for the 21st Century is the first new rare books handbook of practice in 25 years. Authored by two special collections experts with extensive field experience, this book is also the first to discuss the role of digital technologies in managing a rare book collection.
After a fascinating discussion of the history and current state of rare book libraries, this handbook provides a comprehensive account of the core skills and knowledge needed to be a successful rare book librarian. Topics include best practices for handling, housing, and conserving rare materials; collection development techniques; and user education and outreach. This book will serve as a handbook for practitioners in academic settings, large public libraries, and special libraries, and as a textbook for students in MLIS courses on rare book librarianship and curatorship.