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
Events/ALIA Liaison: Diana Richards (ALIA) @dianarichards24
Secretary/Social Media: Dr Rachel Franks (State Library of New South Wales) @cfwriter


Cartographies of Change -  Australia and New Zealand Map Society 46th Annual ANZMapS Conference: GeoCart’2018!  National Library of New Zealand in Wellington 5-7 September 2018

The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc (BSANZ) Annual Conference 2018 – Marginalia: Bibliography at the Margins University of Queensland  29-30 November 2018. Conference details and the Call for Papers can be found here.



Tour: MAAS Powerhouse Museum Research Library Ultimo 28 August 2018 3.30 - 4.30 Bookings:



ALA RBMS Directory of Web Resources for the Rare Materials Cataloguer  

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

Chartered 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