For immediate release | February 21, 2012

Registration open for 53rd Annual RBMS Preconference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the 53rd Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference. The 53rd Annual RBMS Preconference, "FUTURES!” will be held June 19-22, 2012, in San Diego. Register by May 18 and save $50 off the full registration fee. Registration materials are available on the RBMS website at

The 53rd RBMS Preconference will explore a multiplicity of futures for the rare book, manuscript and special collections community. How are special collections materials being discovered and used today? How will they be discovered and used tomorrow? Who will our users be and what will they need? What forms will special collections materials take? Join your colleagues to learn, discuss, share and contemplate, because the future is now.

Preconference plenary sessions will focus on three components of special collections and archives work - use, object and discovery. Sessions will explore the ways in which special collections materials are used in the digital humanities, the future of discovery and access to collections made possible with linked open data and the potential future forms the book as object might take. The programming also features smaller and more interactive sessions, including 10 seminars, four panels of short papers and seven discussion sessions. The 2012 preconference also includes three workshops held Tuesday, June 19, at the Westin San Diego. All three workshops require an additional registration fee.

Attendees will also enjoy a Booksellers' Showcase featuring 40 Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America member exhibitors; a Book Arts Fair featuring 24 book artists; have an opportunity to try the latest in electronic tools and software applications at the first-ever RBMS Preconference Technology Petting Zoo; and celebrate the submissions and winners of the Katharine Kyes Leab & Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards, with displays during breaks and the evening reception.

Complete program details and housing information are available on the RBMS website at Contact ACRL Conference Supervisor Tory Ondrla at (312) 280-2515 or with questions about the preconference.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.