J. Fernando Peña
Long Island University
This course is meant as a practical introduction to the field of rare book and special collections librarianship. Over the course of fourteen weeks, we will define rare books and special collections, learn about the different types of materials housed in special collections, and talk about what it means to be a rare book and special collections librarian. We will examine many aspects of the field, including collection development, description and access, preservation and conservation, security, and outreach and promotion. By the end of the course, you will have gained an understanding of the current issues and best
practices in rare book and special collections librarianship.
No required textbook.