New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time

The latest catalogue of librarianship books from Ashgate features a couple which should be of particular interest for special collections: Smith, C and Stead, L. (eds). The boundaries of the literary archive.  August 2013.  Includes contributions by archivists about practical issues in literary archives, such as confidentiality and use in teaching and marketing.  The case … Continue reading New from Ashgate – Library Space and Archives in Time

Special, Safe and Secure

An impressive new work published by the Association of College & Research Libraries offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of security for special collections: Guide to security considerations and practices for rare book, manuscript and special collection libraries, compiled and edited by Everett Wilkie (ACRL, 2011).  The book offers definitive expert guidance on this vital … Continue reading Special, Safe and Secure

Books about Books Reviewed

The latest issue of Rare Books Newsletter (91, January 2012) is entirely devoted to reviews of recent books of interest to Special Collections. Find out what librarians, academics and other experts made of publications about manuscripts, early printed books, the historic book trade, bookbindings, a private press and a national library: Alston, R.C.. Inventory of … Continue reading Books about Books Reviewed

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings

For images and helpful information about historic bindings, I highly recommend the 52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings series of blogs from Special Collections at the University of St Andrews.  Masses of beautiful and intriguing books, check out their biggest incunable or this lovely Tennyson edition.  A great resource, and a weekly treat!