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Initiative launch

In our first year, RIB hosted inaugural lectures by Isabel Hofmeyr and Jill Lepore, co-organized a transcribe-a-thon  with the Colored Conventions Project and Alexander Library, sponsored graduate student field trips to area libraries and letterpresses, selected graduate students to receive fellowships at Rare Book School, and sponsored an undergraduate class in bookmaking, based at the Honors College Makerspace.  In summer 2021, Rutgers University Press and Princeton University Press hosted graduate interns from the Book Initiative to explore alt-ac careers.  We plan to expand the program to include special-collections libraries and booksellers. Once social distancing permits, our new table-top press will come out of storage to print student projects, dissertation and honors thesis title-pages, protest posters – let us know your ideas.  Mentions of the Initiative in the New Yorker and Washington Post have sparked donations of books, expertise, and funds — please email if you’d like to become involved.

“Touch / Teach” now on youtube!

RIB is excited to announce that a recording of our virtual roundtable “Touch / Teach: studying books in an unfinished pandemic” is now available on youtube—on our brand new channel! Thanks to our participants and everyone who joined for the wonderful event.

Drawing in Rutgers Special Collections

By Emily Anderson, from Leah Price’s Theory and Practice of Victorian Fiction grad seminar

BSA program applications: two deadlines coming soon!

The BSA New Scholars Program – Applications Due Sept. 3, 2021 The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and … Read More

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