|Assessment length / details
|2,000 word essay
|Management Policy ( 2,000 words)
|Resubmission of coursework
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Define the nature and purpose of rare-book libraries
Discuss the history of the printed book in Western Europe, especially in Britain
Identify the principal physical characteristics of a printed book of the hand- press period
Explain the general principals of the printing process in the hand- press period
Explain the roles of various tradesmen and craftsmen within the book trade, such as printer, bookseller, binder, papermaker, compositor
Demonstrate how to identify a book of the hand-press period using the standard bibliographical reference tools for English printed materials
Analyse the main curatorial and management problems facing a rare-book librarian, including security, conservation, information technology and reader services
Devise a promotional strategy for a rare-books collection
This is the first of two modules on rare books librarianship. It provides a general introduction to this specialist field. It gives a brief overview of the development of the printed book in the hand-press period ( to c. 1850) especially in England and examines the problems of identifying and making available valuable and early printed materials in libraries.
|Application of Number
|Writing and presentation skills
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students are set activities which involve reflection on practices in thier workplace and suggestions for aquisition of relevant new skills ( such as promotion and disaster planning.)
|Use of web-based catalogues and databases; use of web-based conference facilities.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Use of the library working environment in activites and assignments in a specialist area of library and information studies
|Several activities in the module set tasks which involve identification of problems and of factors which might influence potential solutions.
|Several activities involve a researched follow-up to taught examples
|Subject Specific Skills
|Identification and analysis of elements of early printed book; reading room management for rare books; promotion ; disaster planning; interpretation of Latin imprints.
This module is at CQFW Level 7