Book History Colloquium | Who made this book? Bookwork in the Global Supply Chain

18 April 2019 | 6pm | Room 523 Butler Library Most any author can tell you who published their book, but how many know where it was printed? Or by whom? This talk explores the nature of contemporary bookmaking amid the realities of a global supply chain, an increasingly casualized labor market, and digital workflows […]

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Book History Colloquium: Old Books as Digital Objects

13 February 2019 | 6pm | Room 522 Butler Library We are used to reading texts with our eyes—reading the words and images for their content (in fact, this is so obvious it’s odd to describe it). But we also read texts with our fingers—the feel of the materials, the act of navigating through a codex or […]

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RBML is hiring a Curator of Literature

We’re pleased to announce an opening here in Columbia University Libraries’ Rare Book & Manuscript Library for a new Curator of Literature. The ideal candidate is an accomplished and creative professional with an MLIS or PhD in English, American Literature or related fields. Primarily, the Curator develops, manages and actively promotes the use of RBML literature collections through programmatic […]

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New exhibition | Persian Bookbinding

Following the introduction of lacquer-painting in the 15th century, bookbindings became a rejuvenated site for creative expression in Iran. ‘In the School of Wisdom’ presents over thirty examples, representing the diversity of the art as it developed from the late Safavid to Qajar eras and contextualizing it within a changing landscape of libraries and book […]

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