Rare Book School
Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent, non-profit institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Founded in 1983 at Columbia University, it moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992. In addition to CalRBS, RBS offers about 30 five-day, non-credit courses of distinction on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. Courses are almost always limited to 12 or fewer students, who make a full-time commitment to any course they attend, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The majority of courses take place during the summer in Charlottesville, VA, but courses are also offered throughout the year in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Princeton, and Chicago.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar
The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is held annually at Colorado College, Colorado Springs. “Specialists share their expertise and experience with booksellers, librarians, and collectors in this comprehensive survey of the out-of-print, antiquarian, rare and used book markets. Basic procedures and problems are discussed both formally and informally through a series of lectures, demonstrations, discussions and practical workshops.”
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS
Book History at Texas A&M Workshop
The five-day workshop is intended for librarians, archivists, students, teachers, collectors, and private individuals who have an interest in the first three and a half centuries of the printed book. The course consists of a unique combination of labs and seminars designed to provide students with practical experience as well as a broad historical survey of the field. The labs, centered around Cushing’s period-accurate common press, will allow students to experience bookmaking in the hand press era, with sessions devoted to printing, typesetting, papermaking, typecasting, and bookbinding.
Montefiascone Conservation Project
In 1992 a programme of summer schools was established, and this continues to run in parallel with the library project. The classes provide an opportunity for librarians, conservators, cataloguers, bibliographers and those interested in the history and conservation of books, to assemble once a year to study one or more of the four, week-long courses. Many new acquaintances and friendships have been established as a result of these meetings, and knowledge and skills have been generously disseminated by masters in the field.
Centre for the Book at University of Otago
The Centre for the Book aims to:
- Enhance the wide range of book-centred activities that take place throughout Dunedin
- Emphasise Dunedin’s rich cultural heritage in print, as producer, consumer, and preserver of books
- Encourage research in all facets of the book (in its broadest sense) by utilising the diverse resources available
- Promote interaction and communication on the book within the University of Otago, and other local, national and international institutions.
London Rare Book School
The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught in and around Senate House, University of London. London Rare Books School 2019 will take place from 17 – 21 June (week one), 24 – 28 June (week two), and 1-5 July (week three). Each course lasts five days. Bookings cannot be made for individual days. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full.
Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program
In 2007, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign partnered with the IU Rare Book & MSS Library, to form the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program (MBMS). The MBMS offers a series of courses and workshops focused on special collections and the book arts. The program offers both two-week summer classes that can be taken credit/no-credit, and traditional semester-long credit courses. A wide variety of subjects are covered, including rare book & special collections librarianship, archives, and the history of papermaking, printing, and manuscripts. The MBMS also offers a Certificate in Special Collections, a 12-credit-hour graduate certificate open to library and information science professionals and students who want to develop expertise in special collections librarianship and to other professionals interested in developing or enhancing their knowledge of special collections.