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The ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the 2017 RBMS Conference. The funding will provide a combination of full and partial scholarships for 12 individuals to attend the conference, to be held June 20-23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.
“Helping new members get their start in the profession is one of the most important things we do as a section,” said RBMS Chair John Overholt of Harvard University. “I’m so grateful to the Delmas Foundation for their generosity in supporting scholarships for first-time attendees to our 2017 RBMS Conference.”
Themed “The Stories We Tell,” the 2017 RBMS Conference focuses on storytelling as practice and metaphor in the mission and daily work of special collections. From writing traditional scholarly monographs to encoding digital humanities landscapes, from building deep and inclusive collections to designing new curriculum, the ability to craft a compelling narrative is at the heart of cultural heritage work. In discourse about the role of the humanities in education and policy, librarians and archivists speak for the significance and relevance of the past in shaping the present and future. At the 2017 conference, RBMS looks forward to sharing the community’s stories, while imagining future narratives for special collections in a rapidly evolving cultural and technological landscape.
“We are delighted to have the support of the Delmas Foundation in providing scholarships for the upcoming RBMS Conference,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The additional funding will help us expand access to this wonderful learning experience.”
RBMS Conference scholarships were first established in 2000 to expand the opportunities for conference attendance to those not able to fund their own participation—students, qualified paraprofessionals, early career librarians, and librarians with limited professional development support. Special attention is given to applicants from professionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in order to support the goal of encouraging interest in the special collections profession from diverse populations.
RBMS will fund a total of 20 scholarships with the funding for additional scholarships coming from individual donations to the conference scholarship fund.