RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship, RBML) is the Association of College & Research Libraries' journal covering issues pertaining to the world inhabited by special collections libraries & cultural heritage institutions.

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Fall 2017

“Lessons in Ephemera: Teaching and Learning through Cultural Heritage Collections

McMullan and Cobley

This article synthesizes an intern’s experience assessing the University of Canterbury’s (UC) theatre and concert music program ephemera collection for its teaching and research ...

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Editor's Note

Richard Saunders

Stepping in as a successor to someone else’s effort—particularly when that someone has compiled a record of effectiveness and efficiency—is more than a little intimidating, more particularly when the setting is a professional publication. ...

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Artists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections

D. Courtenay McLeland

In the 2010 survey Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives, artists’ books were the specific genre most often identified as a new collecting area within library special collections departments. ...

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The Epidemic in the Archives: A Layman’s Guide to Cellulose Acetate Lamination

Eddie Woodward

Most RBM readers are archivists and rare-book librarians. As a preservation professional, what would you do if you knew that there were certain documents and manuscripts in your collection that were deteriorating at a faster rate than others? ...

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Rethinking Special Collections Moves as Opportunities, not Obstacles

Colleen Hoelscher and Sarah Burke Cahalan

In the summer of 2017, the Marian Library—a special library devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary within the larger University of Dayton Libraries system—completed a move of its rare book and archival collections into a new space within the main library building. ...

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