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: Spring 2018

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Volume Nineteen, Number 1, Spring 2018

Research Article

Spring 2018

Touch Tables for Special Collections Libraries: Curators Creating User Experiences

Dysert, Rankin, and Wagner

This article describes the implementation of touch table technology for McGill University Library’s special collections. The touch table was used by the Osler Library of the History of Medicine and the Marvin Duchow Music Library to create ...

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Editor's Note

Richard Saunders

A journal is rather like a house plant: unless it is an artificially vibrant silk or plastic creation, a journal grows, changes, and needs care and attention. Each issue sits like a border plant along the path of time. A journal is watered and ...

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Rare Book and Special Collections in Overview: Producing a National Directory

Karen Attar

Describing library collections by location is nothing new. In the mid-nineteenth century, Luther Farnham published A Glance at Private Libraries, about libraries in the Boston area of the United States. Reginald Arthur Rye produced his ...

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References to Archival Materials in Scholarly History Monographs

Kris Bronstad

This study looks at citations of archival material in a sample of 136 recently published scholarly historical monographs produced by a selection of highly cited university presses in the United States, with the goal of discovering patterns in scholarly user reportage of archival use. ...

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Making Book History: Engaging Maker Culture and 3D Technologies to Extend Bibliographical Pedagogy

Courtney Jacobs, Marcia McIntosh, Kevin M. O’Sullivan

Once highlighted as a hobbyist’s novelty, allied technologies such as 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and 3D printing are fueling vital new advances in a diversity of fields: in biomedical research, human tissue is being 3D printed to form human organs; the development of 3D printed titanium parts in aerospace engineering will ...

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