RBMS Preconference, 1999 : FINAL call for papers Bradley D. Westbrook 26 Aug 1998 16:30 UTC

The following second and final call for papers is being posted to
several lists.  I apologize in advance for duplicate receipts.

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The 40th Annual ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Sections (RBMS)

"Border Crossings: Exploring New Territories  for Special Collections"

Montreal, Canada
21-24 June 1999 (Monday-Thursday)


The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of
College & Research Libraries  (ACRL), a division of the American Library
Association (ALA), is seeking proposals for papers related to the theme
of its 1999 Preconference, "Border Crossings: Exploring New Territories
for Special Collections."  This 40th RBMS Preconference will be the
second to be held outside the United States (the first was in Cambridge,
England, in 1989).

As our century comes to a close, special collection librarians are
discovering that the traditional boundaries of our profession are
beginning to break down, giving birth to new strategies for building and
administering collections.  These borders might be broadly classified as
technological, administrative, disciplinary, and national.  The 1999
Preconference will explore significant ways in which the borders of our
profession have been crossed and modified in recent years.

The following topics may suggest fruitful areas of inquiry into types of
"border crossings" and their consquences for special collections

   * Ways in which changes in academic disciplines affect the
     development and use of special collections
   * Problems in administering multinational collections
   * Issues pertaining to ownership of cultural materials and
     documentation of native people
   * Practices or professional developments in special collections
     librarianship beyond North America
   * Challenges presented by the convergence of special collections
     librarianship and digital librarianship
   * Construction of virtual archives
   * Changes in special collections constituencies
   * Commercial marketing of special collections

Proposals may be submitted for topics in the above areas or in others
fitting the overall theme.  Papers may take the form of studied
opinions, historical surveys, case studies, etc.

Final papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length or ten
double-spaced pages.  Each applicant selected will be allotted twenty
minutes for her or his presentation.  Papers will be presented in small
group sessions, and audience response will be encouraged.

Submissions are encouraged from all interested individuals.  Proposals
from graduate students, particularly those in the fields of library
science, archival management, information science, and other disciplines
relevant to the preconference theme, are especially welcomed.

Proposals should not exceed 250 words and must be submitted double
spaced on a single sheet of paper.  Please include a cover sheet
indicating the title of the proposal and your name, institutional
affiliation, mailing adress, email address, and telephone and fax
numbers.  Also indicate whether you are a current member of RBMS, as
well as whether the proposal has been accepted for publication or
presentation elsewhere.

Please submit four copies of the proposal by mail not later than 30
September 1998 to:

            Bradley D. Westbrook, Chair
            1999 RBMS Preconference Program Chair
            c/o Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
            UC San Diego
            La Jolla, CA  92093-0175

Submission by fax or email will not be accepted.  Proposals will be
ranked based on the following criteria:

   * Relevance to the Preconference theme
   * Quality of research and writing
   * Potential interest to RBMS members

Speakers will be notified by 1 December 1998 regarding the status of
their proposals.

Funding is not available from RBMS to support travel costs.

The Preconference Program Committee and I look forward to your

Bradley D. Westbrook, Chair
1999 RBMS Preconference Program Committee
Mandeville Special Collections Library 0175S
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA  92093-0175

email:  bdwestbrook@ucsd.edu