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Rare Book School
Rare Book School
Grolier Club / New York Public Library
New York
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This course introduces students to the field of special collections librarianship. The goal is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts, roles, and organizational development of special collections; current issues, standards, and best practices; and the knowledge and skills needed by special collections professionals. Students will participate in classroom discussions, hear from special collections practitioners, engage in hands-on exercises, and learn about the evolving roles of—and challenges facing—special collections professionals. Topics to be covered include collection development, preservation/conservation, access and reading room procedures, collection security, donor relations and development, digitization, exhibitions, outreach and instruction, public relations, and reference, among others.