If you think that an archivist or librarian can instinctively sense the value of a book, especially rare books – think again, because there is a school for that. New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections Librarian Sarah Allison is one of twenty fellowship recipients nationwide to attend the 2015 Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
From July 19 to the 25, fellowship recipients will learn various aspects of rare books collection development, from the history, to identification, to description. “The NMSU Library’s Special Collections contain mostly printed published materials, ranging in date from 1511 to the present,” said Laurence S. Creider, Department Head of Archives and Collections. “The Rare Book School/Institute for Library and Museum Services scholarship will enable Ms. Allison to learn more about how books have been made and used.”
The 2015 IMLS-RBS Fellowship for Early-Career Librarians will underwrite Allison’s tuition, transportation, and lodging this summer in Virginia, plus registration, transportation and lodging at the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Preconference from June 23 to June 26, 2015 in Oakland, California, and a year’s membership in Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the ACRL.
Allison, who joined the NMSU Library in 2014 as Special Collections Librarian, got her Master in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University in Georgia and also holds a BA in Art History from the University of Redlands in California. “The scholarship will also introduce her into important network of special collections librarians and book historians,” said Creider. “This is a gift that I wish had been given when I started in rare book librarianship.”