Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors

Thinking about dabbling a bit in the rare book / archives world? Or maybe you’d like to try something like Storytelling or Human Computer Interaction? 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 summer schedule of classes. Read on for details on some of our offerings:

Rare Books, Special Collections and Archives courses are popular among auditors. Some offered this summer include:

Great Collections of New York City: 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. Kyle Triplett, a rare book librarian from NYPL, promises five days of intense study, observation, and learning. Because of the number of site visits and the restrictions to the collections, the class has a very limited enrollment, so register soon! This is a perennial summer favorite! Some confirmed visits: Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, New York Society Library, NYU Fales, NYPL Rare Book Division, NYPL Map Division, NYPL Prints Division, Grolier Club, The Morgan Library and Museum.
The class meets over five days: June 16-20, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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. The instructor, Dr. Constance Woo is a book artist, librarian, artist, author, curator and professor in the Department of English at LIU. For more details, contact her at constance.woo@liu.eduThis class will meet on Aug. 1, 2, 3 and 23, 24 from 11:30 – 5 p.m. 

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. Prof. Friedland is the Librarian for Butler Media, Film Studies & Performing Arts at Columbia University.This class  will meet July 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 from 11:30-5.

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. The class will meet on Monday and Wed. during Summer III (July 29-Aug. 29).

Additional Rare Books and Special Collections courses frequently offered include:

History of the Book, taught by Rare Books and Special Collections coordinator, Fernando Peña

Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianshiptaught by Rare Books and Special Collections coordinator, Fernando Peña

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.