The ACRL/ RBMS Task Force for the Guidelines for Borrowing and Lending Special Collections Materials solicits final comments on the ACRL/RBMS Guidelines for Interlibrary and Exhibition Loan of Special Collections Materials. The Task Force has been working for a year and a half to review, update, and revise the 2004 revised Guidelines for the Interlibrary Loan of Rare and Unique Material and the 2005 revised Guidelines for Borrowing and Lending Special Collections Material for Exhibition. The new guidelines combine these two documents into a single set of guidelines for borrowing and lending special collections material.
The Task Force has held public hearings and disseminated earlier drafts and now seeks commentary on its current draft in advance of final review at the ALA Annual meeting, June 2011. The draft is posted on the RBMS Website at http://www.rbms.info/committees/task_force/borrowing/index.shtml.
Please send comments by May 1, 2011, to Hjordis Halvorson, Task Force Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) is offering the section’s 50th anniversary preconference, Seas of Change: Navigating the Cultural and Institutional Contexts of Special Collections, Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Charlottesville, VA, the site of the first RBMS preconference.
As the 50th anniversary of the preconference, this year represents an important moment in the history of RBMS and its affiliated professions. While an anniversary suggests a time to look backward, it also represents an opportunity to check our pulse and to take a critical look at where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. Programming will look broadly at how special collections librarianship has evolved over the past half century with respect to changes in social, cultural, technological, economic, and academic environments, and — more importantly — how we will need to respond to such changes in the future.
The main preconference program will explore the priorities and concerns of representatives from the various cultural and institutional contexts in which we work, including academic research universities and their scholarly communities, academic library systems and independent research libraries, professional organizations and library education, collecting and the book trade, and publishing and the popular consumption of print materials.
Visit the RBMS Website for complete details on the preconference and further information on the section and its activities.