RBMS Membership and Professional Development Committee


Careers in Rare Books and Manuscripts: Frequently Asked Questions answers common questions about getting started in the special collections field, such as: “What education is required to obtain a job in rare books or manuscripts? Is a second advanced degree required?” or “How can I become more involved in RBMS?”

Involvement in RBMS and Conferences is a subsection of the Careers in Rare Books and Manuscripts FAQ that offers information about becoming involved in RBMS and related conferences.

Educational Opportunities: A Directory contains a listing of graduate coursework offered within degree programs leading to a graduate library degree at ALA-accredited library schools.

The RBMS Mentoring Program is open to all members, old or new, who need help in becoming more involved with RBMS and in navigating the rare books and manuscripts profession.

RBMS “Buddy” Program provides first time conference attendees with an experienced RBMS member to guide the newcomer through their conference experience. Please volunteer to be a guide, or if you are attending the conference, you need to be guided.

RBMS Member Survey

1997 Membership Survey [PDF]: results from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), ACRL, ALA.

2015 Membership Survey Questionnaire [PDF]: the questions for the 2015 RBMS Membership Survey

2015 Membership Survey Poster [PDF]: a snapshot summary of select results from the 2015 Membership Survey (poster presented at the 2015 RBMS Conference).

2015 Membership Survey Data Report [PDF]: the data report for information collected in the 2015 RBMS Membership Survey, including answers to the free text questions