Related Institutes Around the WorldInstitutes related to the Rare Book School can currently be found in the following countries:
UNITED STATES[ Top ]
Los Angeles, California
Under the direction of Professor Beverly P. Lynch of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA (and the Secretary of the RBS Board of Directors), the California Rare Book School (CALRBS) offered five courses in August 2006 in its inaugural year. See http://www.calrbs.org/ for this year's CALRBS offerings.
- For further information, consult their web site:
College Station, Texas
Since 2001, Professor Steven Escar Smith (Director, Cushing Library and Archives, Texas A&M University) has directed an annual Texas A&M Workshop in the History of Books and Printing. The five-day workshop is aimed at librarians, archivists, students, teachers, collectors, private individuals and others who work in areas related to or who have an interest in the subject. It provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to and survey of the history of books and printing in a combination of labs and seminars designed to provide students with practical experience as well as a broad historical survey of the field.
- For further information, consult the Workshop's web site:
In 2003, the Conferences and Institutes Division of the University of Illinois's Office of Continuing Education began to offer five-day courses on rare books, special collections, and printing history subjects; in 2004, the IU venue shifted to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). In 2007, in collaboration with the IU Rare Book & MSS Library, GSLIS inaugurated the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program, offering a degree program concentrations in special collections librarianship at both the master's and certificate level, as well as individual summer courses on subjects ranging from rare book & special collections librarianship and the arrangement and description for archives and museums to the history of papermaking, printing, and manuscripts.
For further information, see the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program website.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Out-of-print and Antiquarian Book Market Seminar. "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."
- For further information, consult the Seminar's Web site:
CANADA[ Top ]
The Bibliographical Society of Canada is sponsoring a course on analytical bibliography at the University of Toronto between 27 and 31 August 2007, focusing on historical bibliography, textual bibliography, and descriptive bibliography. The course instructor is Carl Spadoni; guest lecturers (Patricia Fleming, Judy Donnelly, Randall Speller, Elizabeth Driver, and others) will give presentations pertaining to early printing, imprint bibliography, subject bibliography, author bibliography, and other matters. This course is intended for librarians, literary scholars, historians, graduate students, and others interested in book collecting and the history of the book. The cost of the course is $500 or $250 for students, retirees, and unwaged persons.
- For further information, write :
- Carl Spadoni
Archives and Research Collections
McMaster University Library
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON Canada L8S 4L6
- The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections
FRANCE[ Top ]
École de Institut d'histoire du livre | Book History Workshop
The Book History Workshop (BHW) was inaugurated in 2001 in Lyon under the auspices of the Institut d'histoire du livre. Each spring, the BHW offers courses in both English and French at the Ecole Normale Supérieure - Lettres et Sciences Humaines (Lyon), with sessions at the Lyon Printing Museum and the rare book collection of the City Library.
- For further information, consult the Institut's website:
- or write
- Institut d'histoire du livre
c/o Musée de l'imprimerie de Lyon
13 rue de la Poulaillerie
- or email
ITALY[ Top ]
Montefiascone is a medieval walled Italian city located about half way between Rome and Siena. Each summer, conservators, archivists, art historians, librarians and others interested in the history and the structure of the book meet to participate in courses which are held within the city walls. There are four successive week-long courses with different themes. Participants may come for one week or more. The courses offered in 2007 comprise
- Week 1: July 30-August 3.
The history, geography and chemistry of the colors used to paint medieval miniatures, Western and Islamic. Course Tutor: Cheryl Porter
- Week 2: August 6-10
The Nag Hammadi Codices – Single Quire Bindings. Course Tutor: Julia Miller
- Week 3: August 13-17
The Armenian Manuscript. Course Tutors: John Mumford, the Rev. Dr Vrej Nersessian, and Caroline Checkley-Scott
- Week 4: 20-24 August
Medieval Arab book bindings in Spain: history, structure, materials and decoration. Course Tutor: Ana Beny
The cost of each 2007 course is UKP 345.00 ($620.00) per week, including tuition and all materials (except skins). Tuition is in English. The programme is non-profit making; any surplus is used to buy materials for the Barbarigo Library, the archives and their collections. Participants may stay in the school’s centrally-located house, with up to three persons per room. There are three bedrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms and a large sitting room. Prices are £12 ($22 US) per person per night. There are also three centrally-located hotels, with special rates for participants on the Montefiascone Project. Classes are from 9am to 1.30pm, and afternoons can be used for private study or for finishing work, though many prefer to take advantage of the spectacular setting to swim in the local, clean, huge volcanic lake, or to explore the town, with its Romanesque and late medieval architecture and friendly inhabitants. The library will be open much of the time, and participants may wish to help with the cataloguing programme and other preservation / conservation initiatives in progress.
Further information on the Montefiascone Project’s website:
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Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies
In 2001, a Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies was created at the University of London by merger of the Centre for Palaeography and the Research Centre in the History of the Book. The Institute of English Studies (part of London University's School of Advanced Study) hosts the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies for a partnership including the British Library, St Bridge Printing Library, the University of London Library, the English Departments of the Universities of Birmingham and Reading, and the Open University. Since 2004, the new Centre's Summer School in Manuscript Studies has offered a variety of related one-day courses on medieval manuscripts and related subjects.
- For details consult the Centre's website:
In November 2006 the Centre announced its first London Rare Books School, to be held in July 2007: a series of four-day, intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects. The courses will be taught by internationally-known scholars associated with the Institute’s Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies, using the library and museum resources of London, including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the University of London Research Library Services. All courses will stress the materiality of the book, and students can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books from some of the world's greatest collections. Each class will be restricted to no more twelve students in order to ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the teachers and to get very close to the books.
In its first year the LRBS will be running courses during the single week of 23-26 July 2007. The courses (note that the titles themselves are provisional) currently planned for 2007 comprise:
- The Medieval Book (Course Tutor: Professor Michelle Brown)
- A History of Bookbinding (Course Tutor: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad)
- A History of Writing 2000BC-2000AD (Various tutors)
- The Italian Book to 1600 (Course Tutor: Professor Jane Everson)
- The History of the Printed Book in the West 1455-2000 (Course Tutor: Professor John Feather)
- For more information, visit
AUSTRALASIA[ Top ]
Rare Books Summer School 2008
The fourth Australia and New Zealand Rare Book Summer School will be held in Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria (and other associated venues) from 11-15 February 2008.
The four courses proposed are as follows:
Lithography: The popularisation of printing in the 19th century
Instructor: Michael Twyman
The Colonial book trade in Australia and Canada: A comparative approach
Instructors: Mary Jane Edwards & Des Cowley
The book in transition, 1750-1850
Instructors: Brian McMullin & Pamela Pryde
Instructor: Wallace Kirsop
Each of the four courses runs for the five full days of the school.
The tuition fee in $700.
For further information contact:
Centre for the Book
School of English, Communications & Performance Studies
Tel: 61 (0)3 9509 7570 or 61 (0)3 9905 2135 (afternoons only)
Fax: 61 (0)3 9905 2135
Rare Books Summer School 2007
The 2007 session of Australasian Rare Book School was held in Wellington, New Zealand, 12-16 February 2007.
The fee for an intensive five-day course is Aust $700 (inclusive of GST).
Further information and a downloadable applications form are available at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/cftb/.