Intro to Rare Books and Special Collections
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the world of rare books and special collections and participants will learn the vital skills needed to excel in this field. Quizzes and homework will allow participants to put their new-found knowledge to use immediately.
- Identify the core skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage rare books and special collections
- Understand methods for digitization of rare books
- Recall methods for caring and preserving rare books and special collections
- Recognize the importance of rare book collection development
Carmen Cowick provides training, support and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.
Ms. Cowick has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.
Frequently Asked Questions
- It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks.
- Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing written assignments.
- It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
1. View all video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all homework assignments
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
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3. Call us at 214-945-3890 M-F 9am-5pm CT and we can take your credit card payment over the phone.