Rare Book Librarians typically work with published materials from both the hand-press and machine-press periods. Although rare books are not easy to define, the criteria used to identify them is usually based on age, financial value, number of copies extant, and provenance.

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SLIS:6330 Archives: Theory and Practice
SLIS:6130 Community Engagement
SLIS:6335 Metadata Theories and Applications
SLIS:6345 Stewardship of Information and Collections
SLIS:5600 Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media
SLIS:6145 Digital Preservation and Stewardship
SLIS:6250 Beginning Cataloging and Classification