• Covers the history of rare books librarianship
• Provides instructions on handling and preserving rare books and techniques for limiting problems such as theft and damage to the collection
• Presents information on growing the collection and working with booksellers, donors, and auction houses
• Provides a bibliography of reference resources for rare book librarians
• Includes sidebars with examples drawn from real-life experience
"Galbraith and Smith's Rare Book Librarianship is a logically structured, practically oriented introduction that covers all the essentials of a demanding and complex field in a concise and engaging style."
Australian Library Journal
"Special collections librarians and practitioners overseeing rare book collections of varying sizes within an academic, public, or special library setting may find this work useful. The novice and those who supervise professionals that manage rare book collections will benefit most."
Library Resources and Technical Services
"This handbook is recommended for any rare book and special collections librarian, teachers and students in library science, or anyone charged with the care of rare books."
College & Research Libraries
Modern digital technologies and a growing interest in the history of the book as an academic discipline have refocused attention on rare and historic materials. Today's modern digital technologies have enabled new ways to archive and share these documents, but the proper care and preservation of the original is still a challenge.