Notice the Retrofit Fun Fact under the banner?
As we ready ourselves for the 2014 RBMS Preconference, we hope you will enjoy visiting and re-visiting the Preconference website to review some of the titles of talks/presentations/plenaries/&c. from our colleagues of yore and how these topics are akin to the kinds of challenges/opportunities we face.
These facts are drawn from the wonderful RBMS keepsake created five years ago for our semicentennial. It was compiled, edited, and with an introduction by R. Arvid Nelsen, with the Assistance of Terry Belanger.
Fun Fact #1 “Collecting Scientific Literature” — 1960 one-day RBMS meeting. The meeting was officially called, “A One-Day Program Rather Than A Formal Conference”, and it was held in Montreal at McGill University Libraries.
Fun Fact #2 “Basic Care of Rare Books and Manuscripts” — the 1961 committee devoted its entire conference to exploring: rules, regulations, use, marking, shelving, maintenance, repair, rebinding, and treatment with regard to our treasures and how we care for them. Any of these sound familiar?
Fun Fact #3 “The Third Rare Book Conference: Book Illustration” — the 1962 RBMS conference was held in sunny Coral Gables, Florida, at the University of Miami, where illustrations took center stage.
Fun Fact #3 The “Western Americana Institute” — the 1963 RBMS meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois. It was co-sponsored by the History Section, Reference Services Division of ALA.
Fun Fact #4 Held at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) and Linda Hall Library (Kansas City, MO), topics for the 1964 RBMS Preconference included Linnaeus, strawberries’ scientific history, Darwin, Japanese botany, and much more.
Stay tuned for more fun facts!