ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections


ALIA Rare Books and Special Collections is a forum for library and information professionals who are responsible for, and interested in, rare books and special collections. The group provides an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of information on rare books as well as other special collections including ephemera, manuscripts, maps and pictorial materials. Our focus is on the collection, description, preservation, interpretation, promotion and use of these materials.




Convenor: Maggie Patton (State Library of New South Wales) @MaggiePatts
Treasurer/ALIA Liaison: Diana Richards (ALIA) @dianarichards24
Secretary: Dr Rachel Franks (State Library of New South Wales) @cfwriter



Rare Books and Special Collections - a perspective from the Senate House Library University of London

Dr Karen Attar speaks on her experiences with rare books and special collections in the British library world.

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Venue: State Library of New South Wales


Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers: Home Page

Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand: Home Page

Careers in Rare Books and Special Collections: FAQs

Conservation Online: Resources for Conservation Professionals

Melbourne Rare Book Week: Home Page

Rare Book School: Advance Reading Lists

Valuation of Books and Other Printed Items: A Guide

professional groups

Charted Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) Rare Books and Special Collections Group

American Library Association (US) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section

International Federation of Library Associations (Intl) Rare Books and Special Collections Section

Group interest
Rare books and special collections
Group category