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Wednesday, June 24 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Histories of the Book: Diversifying Book History Instruction and Curricula in Special Collections

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This participatory session is a group discussion that draws inspiration from the Diversify Your Book History Syllabus Resource List, which highlights work about the history of the book that centers (and/or is authored by) people whose work has been overlooked or marginalized in the field of rare book librarianship. The session will consist of small group discussions led by facilitators followed by a large group discussion and reflection. The session provides a space for participants to discuss and reflect on issues relating to equity, inclusion, and diversity in book history and associated pedagogy; power dynamics within the profession and allied fields; and challenging white, Western, patriarchal notions of histories of the book. The central goal of this participatory session is to foster a constructive dialogue between different stakeholders that include librarians, academics, and members of the book trade who are interested in learning about and supporting the development of more nuanced and culturally sensitive history of the book curricula as well as the expansion of diverse collections that support these curricular and instructional needs. Participants will gain flexible perspectives -- from facilitators, but primarily from fellow attendees -- on how to address the multiplicity and pluralities of histories of the book. The themes and questions that arise in this session will help to inform future discussions and efforts of the RBMS Diversity Committee.

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Alison Clemens

Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description, Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University
Alison Clemens is Assistant Head of Arrangement and Description at Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University, where she oversees arrangement and description of archival material; teaches instruction sessions on accessing and interpreting collection material; and provides patron support.She... Read More →


Maria Victoria Fernandez

Cataloguer, Hindman Auctions

Devin Fitzgerald

Curator of Rare Books and History of Printing, UCLA Library Special Collections

Jose Guerrero

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, Sutro Library

Kellee E. Warren

Assistant Professor and Special Collections Librarian, Public Services and Rare Books, University of Illinois at Chicago

Wednesday June 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT