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Call for Papers, RBMS 1998 Preconference

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Please excuse multiple postings.

The 39th Annual ACRL/Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
(RBMS) Preconference

"The Nineteenth Century: Strategies and Solutions

for Rare Book and Special Collections Librarians"

Washington, DC

June 23-26, 1998


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 on current
research that utilizes nineteenth-century manuscripts, printed
materials, photographs, and other formats for presentation at the 1998
Annual Preconference to be held in Washington, DC from June 23-26,
1998.  Submissions are welcome in all academic disciplines, and
selected participants will have twenty minutes to present a paper on
completed research or work in progress.  Papers will be presented in
small group sessions.  Audience response will be encouraged.  Research
papers should not have been submitted for publication or previously

Four copies of the paper proposal should be submitted by September 30,
1997 to William E. Brown, Jr., Chair, RBMS Preconference Program
Committee, c/o Archives and Special Collections, Richter Library,
University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320
(wbrown@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx).  Proposals should be no longer than one
letter-sized page, double-spaced (not to exceed 250 words) and should
include a cover sheet with title, author's name and affiliation,
mailing address, phone number and e-mail address if available.
Applicants should note if they are a member of RBMS.  Faxes and e-mail
will not be accepted.  Please indicate if the paper has been
previously submitted or accepted by any other national or
international conference or convention, and, if so, how it has been
revised.  Final papers should not exceed 3,000 words in length or ten
double-spaced, letter-size pages.  Speakers will be notified by
December 1, 1997.

Submissions are encouraged from all interested individuals although
priority will be given to proposals from members of the Rare Books and
Manuscripts Section of ACRL, ALA.  Graduate students, particularly
those in the fields of library science, archival management, and
information studies are encouraged to submit proposals.  Funding is
not available to support travel costs.  Final acceptance of papers
will be based on the relevance of the paper to the theme of the
Preconference, as well as its originality, currency, and interest to
RBMS members.

Katherine Fox, Special Collections Librarian
University of Houston Libraries
Houston, TX 77204-2091
Tel: 713/743-9755. Fax:713/743-9748
e-mail: kfox@xxxxxx

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