RBMS to offer 45th Preconference in New Haven, Conn.

Contact: Margot Sutton-Conahan



For Immediate Release

December 19, 2003

RBMS to offer 45th Preconference in New Haven, Conn. June 21 - 24, 2004

The 45th Annual Preconference of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will be held June 21 - 24, 2004, on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The Preconference, entitled "Ebb and Flow: The Migration of Collections to American Libraries," will focus on the history and current issues surrounding the movement of collections from destinations throughout the world into American repositories.

A full schedule of plenary speakers, short paper presentations, seminars and tours are in store for attendees. Conference programs will examine different aspects of the increasingly complex duties of librarians and archivists who are responsible for acquiring, preserving and providing access to cultural artifacts that have often traveled great distances before coming to rest in American repositories.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Yale campus and the historic center of New Haven, as well as Yale's renowned libraries and special collections, including the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Sterling Memorial Library, the Yale Center for British Art, the Elizabethan Club, the Yale Law Library and Rare Book Room. There will also be a preconference tour of the Lewis Walpole Library, in Farmington Conn., the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn. and to the Wesleyan University Special Collections, in Middletown, Conn.

For additional details about the conference please contact Mike Kelly, preconference program chair, at
tmk1@nyu.edu, or Margaret Nichols, RBMS section chair, at
mnr1@cornell.edu. Registration will open in early spring 2004. Watch
www.ala.org/acrl/events for details.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 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 librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.