21
Mar

The History of Iowa City

Once upon a time… Trite, I know, but all of the best stories start this way. Stick with me, it gets better. Once upon a time, the Legislative Assembly of the Iowa Territory decreed that the capitol of the Iowa Territory should move from the Mississippi River town of Burlington toward the territory’s rapidly-receding frontier....
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14
Mar

Experience Sessions

A book town like no other, Iowa City is where the legendary Writers’ Workshop, which has occupied the vanguard of literary creation for decades, shares a campus with the University of Iowa Center for the Book, which has been pushing the boundaries of physical bookmaking since its establishment in 1986. This confluence of innovative book...
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10
Mar

Tuesday Night Bar Crawl

Want a taste of the Iowa City night life before starting your full conference experience? Join us for an RBMS-style Iowa City Bar Crawl on Tuesday, June 20. 8 pm: Meet your fellow bar-crawlers in the Sheraton Lobby.* Walk over to the Clinton Street Social Club and head up the stairs, where you’ll find a...
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28
Feb

Welcome to Iowa City

On behalf of the 2017 Local Arrangements Committee, I am very happy to welcome everyone to Iowa City for the 58th RBMS Conference. Yes, that’s Iowa City, in the State of Iowa, on the banks of the Iowa River, one county over from Iowa County. I guess you could say we take comfort in repetition...
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21
Feb

RBMS Workshops: Your Own Conference Story

This year, we are delighted to offer another varied slate of workshops on Tuesday, June 20. These workshops are designed to give special collections professionals opportunities to hone their skills in an intimate, focused setting alongside their peers. Since the sessions are quantifiable contact hours (participants receive certificates of completion), they can also be helpful...
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7
Feb

Apply for an RBMS Conference Scholarship!

There are many joys I experience as a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and its Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), especially as a member of the RBMS Scholarships Committee. Perhaps one of the greatest delights comes from reading narratives contained in each RBMS conference scholarship application. In those brief...
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17
Jan

Welcome!

Welcome to the 2017 RBMS Conference blog! Over the next few months we’ll be sharing details from our exciting conference program and more about the sights, sounds, and tastes of Iowa City. The conference theme this year is “The Stories We Tell.” What better place than Iowa City, a UNESCO City of Literature, to discuss...
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