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RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Fall 2016

rbm_17_2The Fall 2016 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage is now freely available online. Visit the RBM website for complete contents of RBM and its preceeding title Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship from 1986 to the present. RBM became an open access journal in Spring 2016.

Editor’s Note

Jennifer K. Sheehan. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

Anne Garner, Johanna Goldberg, and Rebecca Pou. “Collaborative Social Media Campaigns and Special Collections: A Case Study on #ColorOurCollections.”

Jacob Gordon. “In the Flesh? Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Verification and Its Implications.”

Laila Hussein Moustafa. “From Peshawar to Kabul: Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage during Wartime.”

Silvia Vong. “A Constructivist Approach for Introducing Undergraduate Students to Special Collections and Archival Research.”

Book Reviews

Libby Hertenstein. A Great Library Easily Begets Affection: Memories of the William L. Clements Library 1923–2015. Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Cheney J. Schopieray, Emiko Hastings, and J. Kevin Gaffagnino, eds. Ann Arbor: William L. Clements Library University of Michigan Press, 2015. 169p. ISBN 978-1881606017.

Simran Thadani. Wolfgang Ernst. Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder. Translated by Adam Siegel. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. vi, 102p. $75. ISBN 9781442253957.

RBM Call for Submissions

rbm squareRBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by ACRL, seeks submissions pertaining to special collections and cultural heritage topics for its spring 2017 issue.

RBM is ACRL’s journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Those writing for RBM may include special collections librarians, archivists, preservation officers and conservators, artists, museum professionals, collectors, dealers, filmmakers, performance artists, faculty, students, researchers, and anyone interested in and working to preserve cultural heritage.

RBM represents a wide range of cultural heritage collections, especially the theory and practice of working in and with those materials,” said Editor Jennifer K. Sheehan of The Grolier Club. “I hope that students, practitioners, and academics all feel free to submit their relevant manuscripts for consideration.”

Topics covered in recent issues include:

  • the printing press as living history,
  • online discoverability of collections,
  • successful social media campaigns,
  • preserving cultural heritage during wartime,
  • interlibrary loan of special collections materials, and
  • embracing the future as stewards of the past.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, and experiences. To be considered for the spring issue, submissions are due to RBM Editor Jennifer Sheehan at jsheehan@grolierclub.org by January 1, 2017. Submissions will also be considered on a rolling basis for future issues. Additional information is available on the journal website.

Applications/Nominations Invited for RBM Editor

rbm squareApplications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of Rare Books & Manuscripts (RBM), the biannual research journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for two additional three year terms. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will assume editorial responsibility in July 2017.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

RBM Search Committee
c/o Dawn Mueller
ACRL
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
dmueller@ala.org

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone when the position is closed.

Sheehan Appointed RBM Editor

ACRL has named Jennifer K. Sheehan as the next editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM). Sheehan is currently a member of the RBM editorial board and brings in-depth knowledge of the world of rare books and manuscripts to the bi-annual publication. She will serve as editor-designate starting immediately with her term as editor beginning in July 2014.

“The search committee feels that Jennifer brings not only the experience and skills necessary to be RBM editor, but also the enthusiasm and commitment to expand readership and subscriptions,” said ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee Chair Melinda Dermody of Syracuse University. “With her strong work and publication history, along with her commitment to the journal and RBMS, she is an excellent choice for the RBM editorship.

Exhibitions Manager at The Grolier Club, Sheehan has served the ACRL Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS) as a member of the Publications and Communications Committee, Membership and Professional Development Committee and Scholarships Committee. She has also served as a peer reviewer for Collaborative Librarianship and the Journal of Library Innovation. Sheehan has published on special collections and preservation management topics in a variety of journals including RBM and has contributed several book chapters on related issues.

Prior to joining The Grolier Club in 2013, Sheehan served as curator of rare books at the University of North Texas, where she also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.

Sheehan earned her MLS from Texas Woman’s University and PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas. She also holds an MA in Museum Studies from Baylor University and a BA in English and History from Trinity University.

Applications/Nominations Invited For RBM, PIL Editors

ACRL is currently accepting applications, and nominations are invited, for the positions of editor of RBM, a biannual research journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions, and of Publications in Librarianship (PIL), an imprint of ACRL book publications.

The RBM editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for two additional three year terms. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries. Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2013 ALA Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will become editor-designate upon appointment in July 2013 and assume full editorial responsibility in July 2014.

Appointed for a nonrenewable five-year term, the PIL editor works closely with the ACRL content strategist and PIL Editorial Board to acquire and develop appropriate research-based monographic publications. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, a willingness to proactively seek content and proposals, effective communication skills and experience working with a group, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries. Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2013 ALA Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will become editor-designate upon appointment in July 2013 and assume full editorial responsibility in July 2014.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application for either editorship, including the names of three references, should be sent to either RBM Search Committee or PIL Search Committee c/o Dawn Mueller, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 or email to dmueller@ala.org.

The deadline for receipt of applications for both positions is June 7, 2013. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone following the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

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