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CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Newsletter Issue 108,  Spring 2018 has now been published. 

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The Library as Classroom: Using Special Collections as Teaching Materials

The RBSCG Annual Study Conference will be held at Downing College, the University of Cambridge, from 5th-7th September 2018.

Delegates are invited to hear speakers from across the country discuss using special collections for teaching across all library environments. Confirmed speakers include Dr Jessica Gardner (University of Cambridge), Siobhan Britton (University of Brighton), Sarah Mahurter (University of the Arts London), Dr Tabitha Tuckett (University College London), Dr Alison Pearn (University of Cambridge), Professor Simon Eliot (London Rare Book School), Dr Niveen Kassem (Newcastle University) and Dr Robin Brooke-Smith (Shrewsbury School) .

Visits will also be organised to the University Library and selected Cambridge colleges. 

The full programme will be available, and booking will open, in May.


CILIP Bursury for RBSCG members at CILIP Conference 2018: 4-5 July, Brighton

CILIP are offering a bursary for a member of RBSCG to attend the CILIP Conference 2018, to be held
sessions. Accommodation and travel expenses are not included with the bursary place and will need to be booked separately. 

The bursary place is intended to promote RBSCG, CILIP and the conference. The winner will be asked
to play an active role at the conference, from tweeting, blogging and writing a report to be published
in the Rare Books Newsletter. Candidates should preferably be in current employment in
library/information work and must be a member of RBSCG.
To apply, please send a short letter of application (max. 500 words), setting out how the bursary will
support your personal and professional development and what benefit you would bring to the
RBSCG and including your name, contact details and CILIP membership number to Melanie Wood: Applications should be received by 5p.m. on Friday 13 th April 2018.

 The CILIP Conference is the annual flagship event for the Chartered Institute of Library and
Information Professionals and one of the biggest events in the calendar for UK library and
information professionals. The conference brings together library, knowledge and information
professionals from all sectors of our profession from the UK and overseas, to meet, learn and share
knowledge. It’s a great chance to catch up with colleagues and make new connections.
The opening session will showcase the best of British librarianship and will be delivered by Penny
Young (House of Commons Librarian) and Sally Walker (Children’s Librarian Orkney Library and
Archive; Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year 2017). John Chrastka (Executive
Director, EveryLibrary) and Patrick Sweeney (Political Director, EveryLibrary) will deliver another
keynote session. As the only national library organisation in the United States dedicated solely to
securing the future of library funding at all levels of government, EveryLibrary has helped win over a
quarter of a billion dollars (US) for public libraries in local elections and from local councils, has
helped secure school library funding and librarian positions in dozens of local school districts across
the country, and has activated nearly 300,000 Americans from all walks of life across a wide political
spectrum about library funding through social media and digital engagement.
To keep up to date with conference developments, follow @CILIPConf18 and #CILIPConf18 and visit
the website:



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The Rare Books Newsletter includes articles, news and reviews, as well as the text of many papers delivered at Group meetings.

From 2009 the newsletter has been available freely via this website.  Archived issues of the newsletter are also available on-line.

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