California Rare Book School is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field.

Founded in 2005, CalRBS is a project of the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. CalRBS is supported by an informal consortium of many of the academic and research libraries and antiquarian booksellers of Southern California.

CalRBS Announces Transition in Leadership


Sept 1, 2020

Dear all California Rare Book School friends:

After ten seasons as director and many more years involved in this wonderful project, I am announcing my retirement effective September 1, 2020.  I wish to thank you all for your interest and participation in California Rare Book School during the time I have been director.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce that Prof. Robert (Rob) Montoya who joined the Information Studies department of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in July has agreed to become CalRBS’s director.  Rob has deep knowledge of CalRBS having been a participant over the years and a faculty member since 2016.  Rob completed his PhD at UCLA and returns to campus from Indiana University where he was Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science.

Rob Montoya will be the third director of CalRBS.  The project was founded by Dr. Beverly P. Lynch in 2005, and she then served as director through February 2011.  California Rare Book School celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year. Thank you to you all for your curiosity regarding rare materials, your encouragement, and your loyal support!

Susan M. Allen
CalRBS Director, Retired