n. (abbr. RBMS)a committee-led group that supports the interests of information professionals who work with rare books, manuscripts, and other types of special collectionsDowler and Walch 1989, 458The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) within ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has prepared a number of thesauri for use in rare book and special collections cataloging.RBMS 2020RBMS works to prepare special collections libraries and librarians to better serve the needs of users by creating opportunities for professional growth in special collections librarianship. In pursuit of its mission, RBMS ¶ Defines, develops, and promulgates guidelines ¶ Initiates and encourages continuing professional education programs ¶ Promotes study, research, and publication relevant to work in special collections ¶ Provides its members with a means of communication through its publications, programs, workshops, seminars, and meetings.Cobourn et al. 2022, 591In 2017, a joint task force of library and archival science professionals from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) published Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy . . .
RBMS, established in 1958, is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).