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.

Current Issue: Fall 2020

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Volume Twenty-One, Number 2, Fall 2020

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Fall 2020

Picking Up the Pieces: Library Processes and the Theft of Rare Materials

Seppi and Skeem

Poetical Writings of Orson F. Whitney (1889): Abraham O. Smoot/Orson F. Whitney association.

In October 2018, Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library experienced thefts from its general circulating collection and L. Tom Perry Special Collections. This article explores the literature on theft in special collections and libraries in general, reviews the events that occurred as a case study in dealing with theft ...

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The Past, Present, and Future of Special Collections Library Literature

Melanie Griffin

The field of bibliometrics provides a lens through which to explore how a journal’s environment is shaped by the professionals that contribute to its creation and maintenance. Despite a rich legacy of bibliometric studies in Library and Information Science scholarship more generally ...

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No Mere Culinary Curiosities: Using Historical Cookbooks in the Library Classroom

Kathryn G. Matheny

Cookbooks are neglected as information sources and teaching tools in academic libraries, especially for undergraduate learners. Approachable but complex primary sources, they can be examined as a records of people’s food habits ...

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Toward Inclusive Outreach: What Special Collections Can Learn from Disability Studies

O’Sullivan and Alexander

Recent statistics suggest that nearly 1 in 5 undergraduate students in the United States report having a disability. Educators and special collections practitioners are thus confronted with a difficult question: What can be done to ensure that these students receive the accessible educational experience they deserve—and that is legally mandated—within our institutions? ...

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Early Book Collections and Modern Audiences: Harnessing the Identity/ies of Book Collections as Collective Resources

Tether and Campbell

This article summarizes and contextualizes the discussions of a workshop held at Durham University in November 2018. In this workshop, participants (including academics, students, independent scholars, special and rare books librarians, and archivists) discussed the notion of the collection ...

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