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The Rutgers Book Initiative

The Rutgers Book Initiative brings media history together with book arts. We offer talks and workshops on the history of print and digital media, along with field trips and studio sessions; a book arts makerspace with facilities for printing and binding and a collection of books for reference, study and dissection; and fellowships for extramural training as well as internships designed to introduce a diverse group of students to careers in publishing, bookselling and special-collections librarianship. In our first year, RIB hosted inaugural lectures by Isabel Hofmeyr and Jill Lepore, co-organized a transcribe-a-thon with the Colored Conventions Project and Alexander Library, sponsored graduate student field trips to area libraries and letterpresses, selected graduate students to receive fellowships at Rare Book School, and sponsored an undergraduate class in bookmaking, based at the Honors College Makerspace. Rutgers University Press and Princeton University Press have hosted graduate interns from the Book Initiative to explore alt-ac careers. We plan to expand the program to include special-collections libraries and booksellers. Once social distancing permits, our new table-top press will come out of storage to print student projects, dissertation and honors thesis title-pages, protest posters – let us know your ideas. Mentions of the Initiative in the New Yorker and Washington Post have sparked donations of books, expertise, and funds — please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you’d like to become involved.

 

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