Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Rare Materials

Instructor: Robin Katz

Dates: January 6th through 31st, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


Are you new to a special collections environment, or are you interested in moving in that direction? Learn more about the types of materials held by archives and rare book libraries.

This course provides a general survey on the history and characteristics of some of the most common materials found in repositories, including:

  • Manuscripts
  • Early printing
  • Fine press and artists’ books
  • Zines
  • Photographs
  • Correspondence
  • Ephemera
  • and more!

Students will examine many examples using a variety of digitized collections, and they will learn to identify and describe items.

Robin Katz

Robin M. Katz is a librarian, archivist, and educator who works to connect people to primary sources in meaningful and innovative ways. She is currently the Primary Source Literacy Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, a position she crafted after serving on the joint task force that authored the new Primary Source Literacy Guidelines. She co-created based on a groundbreaking US Department of Education grant she led at Brooklyn Historical Society. She has spent over a decade in special collections public services after receiving her MLIS from Kent State University and her BA from Brandeis University.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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