The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section (RBSC) would like to investigate what standards, norms, practices, laws, Return On Investment (ROI) studies, and research exist around the world to measure the different values of Special Collections, and identify the gaps where such information does not exist, with a view to draft and publish a report that can be a guide to cultural heritage institutions to formulate the questions to ask if they want to measure the value of their Special Collections as a tool for advocacy.
A conference on illegal trafficking of bibliographical cultural heritage will take place at the National Library of Brazil
Presentations now available: "Libraries in the sky: large-scale collaboration strategies and infrastructures to enhance the use of digital heritage collections"27 August 2018
Presentations from the IFLA RBSC midterm conference in Oslo are now available
La convocatoria de trabajos a ser presentados durante la II Jornada IFLA El tráﬁco ilícito del patrimonio bibliográﬁco en América Latina y el Caribe - 28 de noviembre de 201823 May 2018
In the last years an increasing number of libraries are adopting RDA as a cataloguing standard. Still, what happens to their rare materials?
Programme for one-day conference on large-scale collaboration strategies and infrastructures to enhance the use of digital heritage collections, 12 April 2018 (Oslo)
Business meeting agendas and links to RBSC-sponsored sessions.
Please "pre-register" if you plan to attend.
See a complete list here.
Announcing an international conference: “Cultural Heritage in Latin American and Caribbean Libraries: challenges and perspectives”18 May 2017
27-28 September 2017. Biblioteca Nacional “Mariano Moreno”, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sponsored by the Biblioteca Nacional “Mariano Moreno” and IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section
WLIC 2017 Call for Papers: Rare Books and Special Collections Section and Indigenous Matters Section19 January 2017
The IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section invites proposals for papers for two sessions at the WLIC in Wrocław: a 2-hour open session “Out of the Stacks: Special Collections In Society” and a special all-day session co-sponsored with the Indigenous Matters Section “Collections and Books [A]cross Borders.” Deadline 28 February 2017.
The Rare Books and Special Collections Section invites you to serve on our standing committee!
Read about the Rare Books and Special Collections Section program plans for WLIC 2017 in Wrocław.
Presentations now available: "Worth a Thousand Words" A Global Perspective on Image Description, Discovery, and Access"18 August 2016
View the presentations made at IFLA WLIC 2016, Session 091, an all-day, off-site session sponsored by the Rare Books and Special Collections Sections and the Art Libraries Section.
See a complete list of the section's activities.
Pre-register now for Off-site Session in Columbus: Worth a Thousand Words: A Global Perspective on Image Description, Discovery, and Access2 June 2016
Sponsored by the Rare Books and Special Collections Section and the Art Libraries Section
Read abstracts and presentations from the Rare Books and Special Collections Section Midterm meeting in Lisbon.
This session at the 2016 IFLA World Congress is presented by the Rare Books and Special Collections Section and the Preservation and Conservation Core Activity. Deadline: 29 February 2016.