Society of American Archivists’ Rare Book Workshop

The Society of American Archivists’ Rare Book Workshop
December 16 and December 17, 2010
Beinecke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Two-day workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Early-Bird Registration Deadline:  Wednesday November 17, 2010

Maximum Enrollment:  15
Cost:  Early-Bird/Regular

SAA Members:  $295/ $385
Employees of Member Institutions:  $335/$385
Nonmember:  $375/395


Michael Laird, Adjunct Professor

School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin

Workshop Description:

What are the basics archivists should know about rare books and why? This two-day workshop will introduce you to the management of rare books; the associated acquisition, identification, preservation, access and de-accession strategies; and the research potential for archivists and researchers.

Upon completing this workshop you will have:

  • Examined rare materials—hands-on—to understand the codex book during the hand-press era and the machine-press era;
  • Inspected various tools of the antiquarian book trade (for acquisition, valuation, and/or de-accessioning);
  • Compared archival methodologies and rare book methodologies;
  • Assessed book collections that come with archival materials;

This unique workshop is enhanced with presentations by a cataloger and conservator on subjects like rare book cataloging for archivists and strategies of preservation for rare books.

Who should attend?

Practicing archivists without formal training in bibliography or special collections librarians who find themselves involved with rare books—either frequently or infrequently—and who wish to learn more.

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