From cuneiform, coins and codices to prints, drawings, photographs and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artifacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials. "
* the profession's history and its relevance in the face of an increasingly digital world; * archives' relationship to the special collections department and their role in the wider institution; * collection development, cataloging, processing, physical layout and other operational functions, with coverage of acquisition sources and methods; * what everyone needs to know about the physical materials in their care, including preservation, conservation and restoration, storage, handling and security; * reference and outreach services, including a look at exhibitions and tours; * fundraising and financial management; * legal and ethical issues; * forgeries, fakes, and facsimiles; * bibliography and its impact on the rare book world, including a look at booksellers, donors, and auctions; * the present state of books in our digital environment; * the vocabulary of the trade.
Berger is currently the Ann C. Pingree Director of the
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