Friday, October 2, 2009

CFP - RBMS 2010


The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College
& Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association
(ALA), is seeking proposals for short papers on case studies related to the
theme of its 2010 Preconference, Collaboration in Special Collections.

The 2010 Preconference will explore the entire spectrum of collaborative
relationships: with colleagues, scholars, students, users, booksellers,
donors, other institutions, and funding organizations -- any combination in
which we can achieve more through cooperation than we could alone. It is
our hope that attendees will depart the conference with practical ideas
about collaborative enterprises they can bring to their home institutions in
order to maximize their resources in a time of constrained budgets.

The short paper session is intended to present case studies that involve
collaboration within the special collections profession. We would like to
hear about how collaboration occurred, description of the collaboration,
mistakes made, lessons learned, and successes achieved. Speakers should be
prepared to encourage interaction with the audience and to retain time for
questions & comments at the end of the presentation.

Applicants selected will be allotted twenty minutes for their presentation.
Papers will be presented in small group sessions, and audience response will
be encouraged. Proposals should not exceed 250 words and must be submitted
by 31 October 2009 to

John Overholt

Please include the title of the proposal, name and institutional
affiliation, mailing and email addresses, and telephone and fax numbers.
Also indicate whether you are a current member of RBMS, and if the proposal
has been accepted for publication or presentation elsewhere.

Final papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length or ten double-spaced
pages. Papers will be ranked based on relevance to the Preconference theme,
quality of research and writing, and potential interest to RBMS members.
Speakers will be notified by email by 1 December 2009. Submissions are
encouraged from all interested individuals. We are particularly interested
in hearing from faculty and staff from small libraries and Institutions,

Funding is not available from RBMS to support travel costs, however RBMS
annually provides full and partial scholarships, through a competitive
scholarship program. All applicants are assessed against established
scholarship criteria. Speakers are not guaranteed an award, and will not be
automatically considered ­ a completed scholarship application is required
from all applicants for scholarships. Detailed information about the 2009
scholarship program will be posted online in early 2010 at Applications will be due in April 2010 and award
recipients will be notified by May 2010.

Shannon K. Supple
Preservation Librarian
Robbins Collection, School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
510.642.8325 (fax)