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.

ACRL’s RBM Now Open Access

From Library Journal‘s Info Docket:

ACRL’s “RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage” Becomes an Open Access Publication

ACRL announces that its special collections and cultural heritage-focused journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage became an open access publication beginning with its Spring 2016 30th anniversary issue.

Read the full article.


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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

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

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30th Anniversary Issue of RBM

As some of you may know, Spring 2016 is the 30th anniversary of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship). To commemorate this important milestone, we are working to produce a very special issue of the journal:


The idea for this issue came out of the editorial board’s desire to support a more open-access model for the online version of the journal, while still staying true to our roots in the physical material. Therefore, we’d like to make this a special theme issue, and we’re actively soliciting submissions on the broadly-defined topic of “the digital vs. the physical”. We’ll be sending out this call for submissions to all of the allied fields that RBM represents, and we hope to see submissions from rare books, manuscripts, archives, museums…and YOU!

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015.

Please send manuscripts directly to me at

Don’t be afraid to “think outside the box”. It can be a research article, an essay, a haiku, a cartoon, artwork—you name it! Just make it new, and make it thought-provoking.

To supplement the print version, and to continue playing with the “digital vs. print” theme, we will consider selecting additional submitted content for the web page of the journal.

Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Editor, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage