Conferences

 

RBMS held its first preconference (now conference) in 1959, and since 1961 has held an annual conference in conjunction with the ALA annual conference. In September 2014, the RBMS Preconference was renamed the RBMS Conference. The Conference Development Committee proposed this name change in recognition of the substantive difference between the half-day or day-long preconferences offered by other groups at the ALA Annual Meeting and the two-and-a-half full days of programs offered by RBMS, complemented by tours, workshops, receptions, the booksellers showcase, and other opportunities.

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  • Smedberg, Heather; Cole, Heather (2022-06-23)
    A moderated discussion with RBMS leadership. Reflect on what you value in both the traditional and newer ways we have successfully come together to share information, build community, and grow professionally. Share your ...
  • Skeen, Becky; Potts, Claude; Rew-Pinchem, Jazmin; Araujo, Jullyana; Bergen, Katie; Howard, Kristen; Arias, Stephanie; Matković, Danijela; Farry, Colleen (2022-06-23)
    For those who attended the previous Lightning Talks Group 2, continue the conversation and questions for presenters in this optional post-event session.
  • Nyitray, Kristen J.; Reijerkerk, Dana; Farwell, Beth; Sapon-White, Richard (2022-06-23)
    This seminar presents strategies for improving Library of Congress Authorities and Classification for works by and about Indigenous communities on the east and west U.S. coasts. The first presentation focuses on Long Island, ...
  • Potts, Claude; Howard, Kristen; Rew-Pinchem, Jazmin; Arias, Stephanie; Araujo, Jullyana; Matković, Danijela; Bergen, Katie; Skeen, Becky; Farry, Colleen (2022-06-23)
    Ana Hatherly Micro-collection @ UC Berkeley - Claude Potts Sketching and Stitching in the Stacks: Driving Community Engagement with Creative Projects - Kristen Howard Bodies Colliding: Redesigning space and practice for ...
  • Chomet, Allison; Johnston, Rita; Becker, Xena; Rizzo, Caitlin; Clemens, Alison (2022-06-23)
    In this session, presenters will share the findings of the recent Abolition in Special Collections survey and analyze what the results can reveal about the state of special collections practices. We will grapple with what ...
  • Ferrara, Amanda; Franz, Anna; Ruediger, Dylan; Withers, Clare; Bravent, Jay-Marie; Porterfield, Julie (2022-06-23)
    Remember that report from Ithaka S+R last spring about supporting the needs of instructors using primary sources in their classes? Since the report was based on interviews conducted in 2019, this seminar seeks to bring the ...
  • Chen, Anna; Saunders, Richard; Cary, Amy; Dysert, Anna; Lawler, Martha; Kopp, Maggie (2022-06-23)
    A panel discussion with the current editor, former book-reviews editor, authors, and an editorial board member of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. Intended for those who have not yet published ...
  • Sherwood, Jessie; Stevens, Gioia; Lyon, Meghan; Campos-Quinn, Michael; Owens, William M. (2022-06-23)
    It’s tool time! In this session, presenters will discuss tools that they developed to take on long-standing needs in special collections in novel (pun intended) ways, including a means for cataloging remotely, prioritizing ...
  • Alves, Dalton; Richardson, Leah; Smith, Dolsy; King, Jennifer (2022-06-23)
    Opportunities exist to adapt Ex Libris’ Alma functionality to the unique needs of special collections reading room management. This seminar details and demonstrates how we have incorporated our special collections request ...
  • Grover, Emily; Cannell, Claire; Monheim, Allee; Theerman, Paul; Yadin, Hallel; Bramlett, Rebecca; Goyeau, Raphaëlle; Jones, Pamela; Silva, Judy; Vance, Cali (2022-06-22)
    For those who attended the previous Lightning Talks Group 1, continue the conversation and questions for presenters in this optional post-event session.
  • Goyeau, Raphaëlle; Jones, Pamela; Monheim, Allee; Cannell, Claire; Yadin, Hallel; Theerman, Paul; Bramlett, Rebecca; Vance, Cali; Silva, Judy; Grover, Emily (2022-06-22)
    Sponsored by Langdon Manor Books, LLC - —Cataloguing through Covid: taking over a Rare Book project in 2020 - Raphaëlle Goyeau —Of the People: Artists' Books at the LOC - Pamela Jones —Remote Access for Special ...
  • Bredbenner, Stephanie; Lehman, Monika; Oliviera, Rose; Sayles, Sheridan; Rinn, Meghan (2022-06-22)
    Contingent employment has been very common in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums for many years. The New England Archivists Contingent Employment Study Task Force found that overreliance on this employment model ...
  • Kim, Moon; Florence N, Mugambi; Diaz, Angel; Besser, Kelly; Reyes, Betsaida (2022-06-22)
    Sponsored by Bonhams : Fine Books and Manuscripts, featuring the Literature Collection of David Lloyd and a Private Collection of Fine Americana, and more. The knowledge production system from creation to dissemination ...
  • Unknown author (2021-06)
    This conference will critically examine the existing power structures that have shaped and continue to impact special collections and archives. The program will explore the power dynamics within our profession and the ways ...
  • Schmidt, Greg; Varry, Sandra; Ramirez, Lizeth (2021-06-09)
    What should we do when we discover potentially difficult or embarrassing information about our institutions, or about powerful individuals in the course of our work? How should the archives and other cultural heritage ...
  • Schuba, Andrea; Barrett, Colleen; Bergstrom, Tracy; Castaneda, Amalia; Cooper, Deborah; Cusimano, Fabio; McCormack, Allie (2021-06-10)
    This panel will present four perspectives on the power of collaboration in special collections to uncover hidden stories. Innovative partnerships have the potential to expand accessibility and discoverability by overcoming ...
  • Logue, Sara; Planton, Isabel; Thomas, Lynne M. (2021-06-09)
    Many special collections libraries are currently undergoing, preparing for, or have just completed major renovations. Large-scale library renovation projects tend to lay bare the power structure of organizations. While ...
  • Schmidt, Greg; Green, Patrice; Hubbard, Melissa; Jackson, Petrina; Jacobson, Christine (2021-06-08)
    The purpose of this panel session is to generate ideas about how changing the relationships between special collections practitioners, donors, and users can generate new possibilities for both collections and services. ...
  • Silverman, Michele; Richardson, Leah; Drabinski, Emily; Williams, Stacie (2021-06-08)
    Making change in an organization requires building the power necessary to get a seat at the table. The first step is understanding the power we have and the power we don’t, the power we need and how to build it. Labor ...
  • Jackson, Petrina; Benjamin, David; Lutz, Christie; Quagliaroli, Jessica; Roveland-Brenton, Blythe; Casey, Pamela; Fraser, Alison; Panciera, Benjamin; Reynolds, Alison (2021-06-09)
    This panel features archivists, librarians, and curators leading classes that incorporate largely non-textual collection materials, ranging from architectural drawings to vinyl records, posters and zines to artists’ books ...

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