Join or Die: Collaboration in Special Collections

The 51st Annual Preconference of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
22-25 June, 2010

The 51st annual RBMS Preconference will be held in Philadelphia from Tuesday, June 22nd through Friday, June 25th. Inspired by the long-standing close and productive relationship among the members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), the theme of the preconference is “Join or Die: Collaboration in Special Collections.”

In our current economic climate, the theme of collaboration seems an especially timely one. We intend to explore collaborative relationships as broadly as possible: with our coworkers and our colleagues; with scholars and students; with donors, funders, and vendors. In short, our subject will be any instance in which we can accomplish more by working together than we could alone, with an emphasis on creative but practical solutions to the challenges we are all confronting.

The preconference hotel is the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia, located in the heart of downtown on the Avenue of the Arts, and conveniently situated near public transportation and many of Philadelphia’s best known attractions. On Thursday, we will spend the morning in Philadelphia’s Old City, at the American Philosophical Society and Chemical Heritage Foundation. After an extended lunch break to allow for exploration and tours of this historic area, we will reconvene at the spectacular Union League building for a plenary session and evening reception.

The Local Arrangements committee is organizing tours to a dazzling array of Philadelphia’s special collections, including the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library. In addition, extended daylong tours of Historic Germantown and several Delaware locations are scheduled for Friday. Wednesday will feature a restaurant night, sampling just a few of Philadelphia’s many excellent dining opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first preconference of RBMS’s next fifty years.


Banner graphic image derived from “Join, or Die,” cartoon in The Pennsylvania Gazette (May 9, 1754), Benjamin Franklin, courtesy of The Library Company of Philadelphia .
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