Announcing the Fisher's Summer Seminar Series!

The Fisher Library is excited to announce a new educational initiative beginning next June: a summer seminar series. Directed at information professionals, scholars, and students in Canadian institutions, the Fisher's summer seminar series reflects the library's commitment to foster the search for knowledge through our collections and expertise in special collections. As Canada’s largest rare book library, we hope this is the first step in the road to building a stronger sense of community among special collection libraries and archives in Canada. The Fisher is grateful to the Chief Librarian’s Innovation Grant, which enabled the library to initiate the series.

The first seminar the library is offering is the History and Identification of Book Illustration. The three-day seminar will address the most notable techniques of book illustrations, including woodcuts, engravings, etchings, stipple, aquatints, mezzotints, lithography, wood engravings, steel engravings, among other processes developed before 1860. Divided into short lectures, hands-on sessions, demonstrations from local artists, and collection displays, the seminar will be led by Dr. Rowan Watson, Senior Curator Emeritus at the National Art Library in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The seminar will take place between June 5-7, 2017, to coincide with the end of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (May 27-June 2, 2017). Applications are open to librarians, archivists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, and graduate students in Canada, with preference given to applicants whose work and/or research will benefit from attending the seminar. Registration costs will be covered for accepted applicants, which includes the registration fee, course materials, and lunch during the three days. Successful applicants are expected to cover their own transportation and accommodation costs.

Applicants are asked to submit an application form (click link to download) and a Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. For further information please contact David Fernández at

To download the call for applications form, please click here.