The RBSC Committee is creating these guidelines to describe the education, experience, and skill sets needed or expected of those professionals involved with the acquisition, preservation, research and instruction of rare and unique materials in special collections and archives in libraries or other organizations.  Until a formal set of guidelines is accepted, the ACRL / ALA Rare Books and Manuscript Section’s Competencies for Special Collections Professionals is available for reference.   

For additional information, another valuable reference source is: Ambassadors of the book: competences and training for heritage librarians by Raphaële Mouren (Ed.). Series: IFLA Publications Series 160. Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012.

The Working Group members are listed below.  (An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the Rare Books and Special Collections Standing Committee.)

  • Beth Trucy Kilmarx, Chair (United States)*
  • Claudia Bubenik (Germany)*
  • Fabiano Cataldo (Brazil)*
  • Danielle Culpepper (United States)*
  • Claudia Fabian (Germany)
  • Rémi Mathis (France)*
  • Raphaële Mouren (United Kingdom)
  • Meg Phillips (United States)*
  • Huisim Tan (Singapore)*
  • Marijana Tomic (Croatia)*
  • Helen Vincent (United Kingdom)*