Sheehan appointed RBM editor

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/14/2014


David Free

Marketing and Communications Specialist


CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has named Jennifer K. Sheehan as the next editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM). Sheehan is currently a member of the RBM editorial board and brings in-depth knowledge of the world of rare books and manuscripts to the bi-annual publication. She will serve as editor-designate starting immediately with her term as editor beginning in July 2014.

“The search committee feels that Jennifer brings not only the experience and skills necessary to be RBM editor, but also the enthusiasm and commitment to expand readership and subscriptions,” said ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee Chair Melinda Dermody of Syracuse University. “With her strong work and publication history, along with her commitment to the journal and RBMS, she is an excellent choice for the RBM editorship.”

Exhibitions manager at The Grolier Club, Sheehan has served the ACRL Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS) as a member of the Publications and Communications Committee, Membership and Professional Development Committee and Scholarships Committee. She has also served as a peer reviewer for Collaborative Librarianship and the Journal of Library Innovation. Sheehan has published on special collections and preservation management topics in a variety of journals, including RBM, and has contributed several book chapters on related issues. Prior to joining The Grolier Club in 2013, Sheehan served as curator of rare books at the University of North Texas, where she also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Library and Information Sciences.

Sheehan earned her MLS from Texas Woman’s University and PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas. She also holds an MA in Museum Studies from Baylor University and a BA in English and History from Trinity University.


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