52 Fantastic Bindings – what next?

Special Collections at the University of St Andrews have been running a weekly series: 52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, highlighting the gorgeous bindings of their rare books and manuscripts.  I mentioned this great series before, but, now that the 52 Weeks are over, I think it's time to mention it again!   The series is worth … Continue reading 52 Fantastic Bindings – what next?

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

The Missing Materials Experiment

The Missing materials.org experiment in working together on stolen material, which I cited in the Handbook, has now finished.  It didn't achieve huge takeup, but helped publicise the issue of theft, encourage more openness and assisted OCLC Research in developing light touch resources and experimental software.  Find out more in this article: Turning out the … Continue reading The Missing Materials Experiment

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