Senate House Library Friends Annual Lecture

Speakers: Dr Karen Attar, University of London
Date and time: 25 November 2014, 18:00 – 19:00
Event Type: Lecture
Venue: Dr Seng T Lee Centre for Manuscript and Book Studies, Senate House Library, 4th Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1

Speakers Abstract:
Dr Karen Attar (University of London) has published widely on book collectors and library history, among other things editing Senate House Library’s recent treasures volume (2012); teaches for the London Rare Books School; and is the reviews editor for the journal Library & Information History. Forthcoming publications include a chapter on “Books in the Library” for The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Her current project is editorial, producing the third edition of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for the Rare Books and Special Collections Group of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

‘Our Island’s Printed Heritage: Special Collections in the British Isles Today’

In an increasingly electronic age, the rare, the special and the unique in our libraries becomes all the more important and distinctive.  Civil War tracts; the output of particular publishers from Aldus Manutius to Tauchnitz and Penguin;  local studies collections; collections based around The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland:  these and many more form the basis of printed special collections held in museums, churches, schools, archives and all sorts of libraries throughout the British Isles. Descriptions of collections from all these sources are brought together in the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, which first appeared in 1985 and the third edition of which is to be published by Facet in 2015. On the basis of the new Directory, this lecture looks at printed special collections, their trends, and challenges posed in Great Britain and Ireland today.