Chet Grycz to Speak on the Art and Craft of Rare Book Reproduction

NEW YORK, February 8, 2008 The Friends of Columbia Libraries are pleased to sponsor a lecture by Czeslaw Jan Grycz, publisher and consultant, on “The Iconic Copy: The Art of Creating Rare Book Reproductions.” The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. on February 21 in Butler Library Room 523 on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, and is free and open to the public.

Chet Grycz will speak on the art and craft of creating facsimiles of historic and fine books. Grycz is the narrator and host of Great Libraries of the World, a series of made-for-broadcast video episodes produced by “Libraries Without Walls.” He is formerly the CEO and publisher of Octavo, a corporation whose principal activities are to publish digital surrogates of rare books and manuscripts for libraries, museums, and archives.

An editor and author of numerous technical and scholarly articles and publications, Grycz has taught several courses on Internet publishing technologies and in library science. He was instrumental in the formation of a post-graduate Center of Excellence in Information Management at Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, which serves professional librarians and information specialists from the Central European region.

A reception in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library will follow the lecture. For more information regarding this event, or to attend, please respond to To view a listing of events, visit

The Friends of the Columbia Libraries aim to cultivate an informed interest in and support for the Columbia Libraries. The Friends foster the growth and improvement of the Libraries through financial and in-kind gifts and provide opportunities for creating, collecting, and preserving library materials. The Friends also promote the visibility of the Libraries through sponsorship of educational and social events.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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