ACRL announces 2006 RBMS Leab Exhibition award winners

Contact: Megan Bielefeld

ACRL Program Coordinator

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

ACRL announces 2006 RBMS Leab Exhibition award winners

CHICAGO – The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) selected five winners for the 2006 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab
American Book Prices Current Exhibition Awards. These awards, funded by an endowment established by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of
American Book Prices Current, recognize outstanding exhibition catalogues issued by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions, as well as electronic exhibition catalogues of outstanding merit issued within the digital/Web environment.

Division One (expensive), the winner is “

A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books
,” submitted by the Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

“The catalogue presents scholarly descriptions of the early printed books in the Rosenwald Collection,” said Marcia Reed, chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) awards committee.“It tells the fascinating stories of their acquisition by Mr. Rosenwald, the retired chairman of Sears Roebuck and Co. who was adding important examples from another significant collection owned by C. W. Dyson Perrins, heir to the Lea and Perrins fortune. The catalogue is a well-written and engaging chronicle of American book collecting. ”

Division Two (moderately expensive), the winner is the Special Collections Research Center at the Syracuse University Library for their piece entitled
“‘Don't pay any attention to him. He's 90% water.’: The Cartooning Career of Boris Drucker.”

“The signature quote on the cover sets an appropriate tone for this collection catalogue on an ephemeral genre of popular art and commercial design,” said Reed.“With an introductory essay by the artist's daughter, artist and writer Johanna Drucker, the catalogue chronicles the life and works of a mid-century American artist and printer.”

Division Three (inexpensive), the winner is “

City Lights Pocket Poets series, 1955-2005


From the collection of Donald A. Heneghan
,” submitted by The Grolier Club.

Reed commented, “Jerry Kelly's spare and elegant black and white design successfully evokes the standard formats of the original City Lights publications. Catalogue texts by Donald Heneghan include an introduction by City Lights co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti that details the history of this famous independent publisher of unique and important works of poetry, literature, art, and progressive politics.”

Division Four (brochures), Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library brochure entitled “

J. M. Barrie and Peter Pan: A children's guide.

Reed noted, “A well designed brochure for children on the first publication and manuscripts for Peter Pan. It shows them the first versions of a book which they may only have known in modern editions or movies.”

Division Five (electronic exhibition) the winner is the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at the Cornell University Library for “

From Dublin to Ithaca: Cornell's James Joyce Collection

“Based on a 2005 exhibition, the online version is a well organized presentation of the leading topics in the exhibition and related programming,” said Reed. “The electronic exhibition has well written texts, strong images, and clear navigation through its various sections.”

Certificates will be presented to each winner during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans at the RBMS Program on Sunday, June 25, 2006, at 1:30 p.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 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.