Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors

Thinking about dabbling a bit in the rare book / archives world? Or maybe you’d like to try something in preservation,  or the history of the book? Palmer classes are open to visiting students who wish to audit classes for personal enrichment. They may do so by completing the Graduate Personal Enrichment/Visiting Student form. Visiting students pay half tuition (approximately $1800) and although no credit is granted, the course is recorded on the official LIU transcript. Visiting students are not required to submit assignments or other materials. Check here for the full fall schedule of classes.

Many of our courses, from the fields of rare books, archives, public librarianship and technology, are popular among auditors. Some offered this fall include:

History of the Book, LIS 658, taught by Rare Books and Special Collections coordinator, Fernando Peña. This class will meet in the fall on Wednesdays, from 6:30 – 8:20 in NYU’s Bobst Library.

Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship, LIS 713, taught by Rare Books and Special Collections coordinator, Fernando Peña. This class will meet in the fall on Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 8:20, in NYU’s Bobst Library.

Emerging Technologies, LIS 517. Dr. Qiping Zhang will cover all the latest trends and need-to-know technologies. will be offered at the Post campus in Brookville this fall on Wednesdays from 7 – 8:50 p.m. 

Preservation, LIS 657, taught by Emily Holmes from the preservation department of Columbia University Libraries. This class will meet in the fall on Mondays, from 4:30 – 6:20 in NYU’s Bobst Library.

Archives and Manuscripts,LIS 714,  taught by the head of the Archives and Records Management certificate program, Dr. Gregory Hunter. Please email for a syllabus. This class will meet in the fall on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6:20 in NYU’s Bobst Library.

Readers’ Advisory, LIS 610, will be taught at the Post campus in Brookville by librarian Sue Ketchum. Students will learn how to do readers’ advisory (RA) along with the various RA services and read books in a variety of genres such as historical, science fiction, mystery and romance. Bound to be a helpful and interesting course! This class will meet at Post on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:50 p.m.

A number of online classes are also available!

And keep an eye out for these other wonderful classes in upcoming semesters:

Great Collections of NYC: Intrepid rare bookies will have a chance to see some of the very special collections housed here in the city with an expert guide leading the way.

Contemporary Artists’ BooksThis fascinating class requires NO artistic ability and is a fun, intriguing and practical class. Students will investigate how to build and curate a collection of artists’ books. You’ll have the chance to explore the meaning of the book form and its various transformations as well as to design and execute your own book in a hands-on studio session–a truly unique experience. You’ll examine an academic library’s Special Collection of Artists’ Books in a laboratory session.  Activities may include a field trip to the only bookstore in the U.S. distributing artists’ books or to an alliance of book artists. The course will look at questions such as what the term “artists’ books” has come to mean, what are its historical precedents and relations to the art world, why it is a 20th-century phenomenon, and perhaps most importantly, what are the principles and criteria of selection, appraisal and care.  

Film and Media Collections: In today’s multi-media world, it is likely that libraries, public and academic, collect non-print formats. Organizations such as government agencies, non-profit organizations, law firms and companies have historically generated and maintained sound and moving image recordings. In addition, many organizations generate and need to store three-dimensional objects such as models and ephemera of all shapes and sizes. Librarians and archivists should have an understanding of the principles and practices related to acquiring and maintaining these collections. This class will focus on moving image and sound collections with a particular focus on film. The history of film and its preservation serves as an excellent model for understanding the issues related to maintaining these types of collections. The class is not necessarily intended for students wishing to become film or media librarians rather it is intended as an overview for any student expecting at some point in his/her career to be working with these formats in any capacity. This includes librarians working in public and academic institutions as well as archivists. This class counts as an Archives certificate elective. 

Music and Performing Arts Librarianship:  Dr. Kent Underwood, a music librarian and the head of the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Film right here in NYU’s Bobst Library, is offering a comprehensive and practical introduction to librarianship for music, dance, theater, and related performing genres. The course of study will be geared towards library generalists as well as those wishing to lay a foundation for specializations in those fields, which have the singular appeal of being both scholarly disciplines and creative enterprises.

Managing Ephemera
The course provides an overview of ephemera collections and their management in libraries and archives. It consists of half-day lectures, exercises, and discussions, and half-day tours of ephemera collections at institutions around New York City.

Exhibitions and Catalogs
While this course considers theoretical issues of conceptualization and criticism, it essentially provides practical, hands-on, experience with the steps necessary to create a successful exhibition of rare book/special collections material. Major topics are planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation.

Maps Institute (usually offered at The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library)
Maps are most efficient deliverers of information, dealing with the spatial dimension of events in time. Ecology, history, property, archaeology, events in the news all can be clarified by the cartographer’s artistic and/or scientific hand, on paper or on the web. This institute is an introduction to maps as information tools. The class examines maps, atlases and globes, and their collection in local and national libraries; and by private collectors and their impact on library map collections.