Recent Issue: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

RBM, Vol 18, No 1 (2017)
(open access)

Editor’s Note
Jennifer K. Sheehan

Research Articles

Distortion of Content and Endangered Archives: A Case Study of a Donation to the American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Mariette Atallah

“It’s Not Human!”: Another Example of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Discredited
Gerald Chaudron

Social Media as Entrée into Special Collections Reference Works
Jason W. Dean, Emily Grover

Spies in the Archive: Acquiring Revolutionary War Spy Letters Through Community Engagement
Kristen J. Nyitray, Sally Stieglitz

Book Reviews

Kate Vieira. American by Paper: How Documents Matter in Immigrant Literacy.
Mary A. Caldera

Forging the Future of Special Collections, edited by Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson, and Melissa Hubbard.
Jolie Braun

G. Thomas Tanselle. Portraits and Reviews.
Daniel J. Slive

New Issue: RBM

Fall 2016, Volume 17, Issue 2


Editor’s Note
Jennifer Sheehan


Collaborative Social Media Campaigns and Special Collections: A Case Study on #ColorOurCollections
Anne Garner, Johanna Goldberg, and Rebecca Pou

In the Flesh? Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Verification and Its Implications
Jacob Gordon

From Peshawar to Kabul: Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage during Wartime
Laila Hussein Moustafa

A Constructivist Approach for Introducing Undergraduate Students to Special Collections and Archival Research
Silvia Vong

Book Reviews

A Great Library Easily Begets Affection: Memories of the William L. Clements Library 1923–2015. Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Cheney J. Schopieray, Emiko Hastings, and J. Kevin Gaffagnino, eds. Ann Arbor: William L. Clements Library University of Michigan Press, 2015. 169p.
Libby Hertenstein

Wolfgang Ernst. Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder. Translated by Adam Siegel. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. vi, 102p.
Simran Thadani


RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, seeks submissions pertaining to special collections and cultural heritage topics for its spring 2017 issue.

RBM is ACRL’s journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Those writing for RBM may include special collections librarians, archivists, preservation officers and conservators, artists, museum professionals, collectors, dealers, filmmakers, performance artists, faculty, students, researchers, and anyone interested in and working to preserve cultural heritage.

RBM represents a wide range of cultural heritage collections, especially the theory and practice of working in and with those materials,” said Editor Jennifer K. Sheehan of The Grolier Club. “I hope that students, practitioners, and academics all feel free to submit their relevant manuscripts for consideration.”

Topics covered in recent issues include:

  • the printing press as living history,
  • online discoverability of collections,
  • successful social media campaigns,
  • preserving cultural heritage during wartime,
  • interlibrary loan of special collections materials, and
  • embracing the future as stewards of the past.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, and experiences. To be considered for the spring issue, submissions are due to RBM Editor Jennifer Sheehan at by January 1, 2017. Submissions will also be considered on a rolling basis for future issues. Additional information is available on the journal’s website:

CFP: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage

The Fall 2016 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage is still in-process, but it’s already time for me to start nudging you for Spring 2017. There’s no special theme for this issue, so we’ll take a look at everything (within reason). Here’s a link to the type of content we usually include, in case that’s helpful: Please remember that our journal isn’t just restricted to rare books–we’re interested in content related to working in and with all sorts of cultural heritage collections.

We always need time to peer review and request revisions if necessary, so I’m setting the deadline for the spring issue as the beginning of January. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can email your submissions and/or questions to me

I hope to see lots of interesting content coming our way. I know that there’s plenty of great research, writing, and exploration going on out there, and I hope you’ll consider sending some of it RBM‘s way.

Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Editor, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage
Exhibitions Manager
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY  10022
phone: 212/838-6690 ext. 2

Apply for Editor of RBM

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of Rare Books & Manuscripts (RBM), the biannual research journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for two additional three year terms. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will assume editorial responsibility in July 2017.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

RBM Search Committee

c/o Dawn Mueller
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone when the position is closed.


reposted from the A&A listserv:

Greetings, All!

I hope the start of the fall [semester] has been kind to everyone. Here I am, sending out yet another call for tidbits for the Spring 2016 issue of RBM

We’re interested in getting some samples of successful social media approaches to cultural heritage collections. I know it’s hard to define “successful”, and I know that many of you are probably doing fabulous things that have yet to be discovered. However, I’m afraid we have to cut it off somewhere!

So if you, your institution, or someone/somewhere you know has received recognition for your activities on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc., please share it with us. We might be able to feature some tidbits of your work in the spring issue. And since we’re trying to do an online supplement to this issue, we might have the opportunity to link to things that wouldn’t function in print.

Please tell us: what you’ve been doing (including hyperlinks and/or screenshots as appropriate), the type of recognition it has received, and what (if any) tangible impact it has made on a specific collection or the cultural heritage/special collections field overall.

Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn. Flaunt your social media savvy!

Since this is smaller stuff, and won’t require much time to review, I’ll set the deadline as February 1, 2016.

As always, please email me at with questions, comments, or your submissions. I look forward to seeing what fabulous, innovative things you’ve been doing.

All the best,

Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Editor, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage
Exhibitions Manager
The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY  10022
phone: 212/838-6690 ext. 2