Bob Leonard submitted this intriguing item that may be of interest to some of our readers. It's worth checking out for the true bibliophiles among us.
"Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent, non-profit and tax-exempt institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects," per its leaflet. It is headquartered at the University of Virginia, but classes are held in Charlottesville, Washington, Baltimore, and New York. Each year, RBS offers about 20-30 5-day non-credit courses for adults on topics concerning book history, old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections.
For 2009, for example, from 5-9 January there was a seminar in the History of Bookbinding (in Baltimore), 8-12 June, Electronic Texts and Images (in Charlottesville), 22-26 June, Rare Book Cataloging (in Charlottesville), and 27-31 July, Book Illustration Processes to 1900 (in Charlottesville).
This really only scratches the surface; they hold a course annually on Publishers' Bookbindings, 1830-1910, for example (no place stated). Plenty of courses are shown as upcoming for 2010, though with no dates or places.
For course descriptions and application forms, see
How this might fit into people's busy schedules I do not know, but the courses are only a week long, and you would sit in the company of other bibliomaniacs. If it works out, you might even offer to teach a course yourself on Rare Numismatic Books!
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