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Jose Fernando Peña

B.A., Linguistics, Stanford UniversityM.A., Hebrew Bible and Semitic Philology, Harvard University, M.A., Biblical Studies, Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, Calif.)M.L.S., Library and Information Science, Rutgers University


Rare books and special collections librarianship; descriptive bibliography; description and access of cultural heritage materials; history of the book; history of book collecting and the antiquarian book trade


  • 2007. The mind of the collector: private library catalogues in the collection of the Grolier Club (New York: Grolier Club/Association Internationale de Bibliophilie)
  • 2004. Lasting impressions: The Grolier Club Library (New York: Grolier Club; with Eric Holzenberg)
  • 2004. “Thomas W. Streeter” and “New Jersey travel accounts,” in Encyclopedia of New Jersey, (Maxine N. Lurie, ed.; New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press)
  • 2002. A new Roxburghe garland: a selection of catalogues and manuscripts from the Grolier Club library relating to the first generation of Roxburghe Club members and other contemporary English bibliophiles (New York: Grolier Club)

Professional Memberships

  • 2001-present. Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of Association of College & Research Library, American Library Association: Section Chair and Executive Committee member, 2012-2015; Member-at-Large and Executive Committee member, 2008-2011; Chair, RBMS Diversity Committee, 2007- 2008; Chair, RBMS Scholarship Committee, 2004-2007; also active in many other RBMS committees, including Budget & Development, Conference Planning, Membership & Professional Development, and the Task Force on Core Competencies for Special Collections Librarians
  • 2006-2015. Center for Book Arts (New York, N.Y.): Treasurer and Board member
  • 2006-present. American Printing History Association (APHA): Secretary, 2008-2012; Treasurer of New York Chapter, 2006-present
  • 2012-present. Pine Tree Foundation of New York: Advisory Board member for private foundation that supports the work of libraries, museums and cultural institutions