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ISBN 9781783300150
Published September 5, 2014 by Facet Publishing
552 Pages

 
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From cuneiform, coins, and codices to prints, drawings, photographs, and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artefacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials. Berger, a veteran of rare book and special collections, offers a landmark examination of this field. Showing readers everything they need to know about rare books and special collections, this wide-ranging book covers the following key topics:
The professions history and its relevance in the face of an increasingly digital world
Archives; relationship to the special collections department and their role in the wider institution
Collection development, cataloguing, processing, physical layout, and other operational functions, with coverage of acquisition sources and methods
What everyone needs to know about the physical materials in their care, including preservation, conservation, and restoration, storage, handling, and security
Reference and outreach services, including a look at exhibitions and tours
Fundraising and financial management
Legal and ethical issues
Forgeries, fakes, and facsimiles
Bibliography and its impact on the rare book world, including a look at booksellers, donors, and auctions
The present state of books in our digital environment
The vocabulary of the trade.

Readership: Aimed at practitioners in the library field, instructors teaching courses on the subject, booksellers, private collectors, historians, bibliophiles, and others involved in rare and unique materials, Rare Books and Special Collections presents a meticulous and systematic understanding of this growing field. From cuneiform, coins, and codices to prints, drawings, photographs, and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artefacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials.
Berger, a veteran of rare book and special collections, offers a landmark examination of this field. Showing readers everything they need to know about rare books and special collections, this wide-ranging book covers the following key topics:
• The profession’s history and its relevance in the face of an increasingly digital world
• Archives’ relationship to the special collections department and their role in the wider institution
• Collection development, cataloguing, processing, physical layout, and other operational functions, with coverage of acquisition sources and methods
• What everyone needs to know about the physical materials in their care, including preservation, conservation, and restoration, storage, handling, and security
• Reference and outreach services, including a look at exhibitions and tours
• Fundraising and financial management
• Legal and ethical issues
• Forgeries, fakes, and facsimiles
• Bibliography and its impact on the rare book world, including a look at booksellers, donors, and auctions
• The present state of books in our digital environment
• The vocabulary of the trade.

Readership: Aimed at practitioners in the library field, instructors teaching courses on the subject, booksellers, private collectors, historians, bibliophiles, and others involved in rare and unique materials, Rare Books and Special Collections presents a meticulous and systematic understanding of this growing field.

Table of Contents

1. Some practical realities 2. Running a rare book department 3. Archives 4. The physical materials of the collection 5. Physical layout and operations 6. Fund-raising 7. Security 8. Legal issues 9. Bibliography 10. Book collecting and handling 11. Outreach 12. Preservation, conservation, restoration, and disaster planning 13. Special collections departments today 14. Other issues Afterword Appendix 1: RBMS Thesauri and Rare Book Cataloging Appendix 2: Levels of Collecting and the RLG Conspectus Appendix 3: Booksellers’ Catalogs and the Business of Selling Appendix 4: Paper Sizes Appendix 5: RBMS Standards and Guidelines Appendix 6: Department Forms Appendix 7: Citing Sources and Plagiarism

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