Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies Event

The next meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2019-2020 series will take place on Friday, October 4, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  Professor Anna Dlabačová will deliver a talk entitled “Interpreting Incunabula: Netherlandish Religious Books between Modern Categorizations and Medieval Readers.”


The first printers of the Low Countries produced an astonishing amount of religious books in the Dutch vernacular. Scholars have estimated that at least 80% of books printed in Dutch offered readers religious knowledge and spiritual inspiration. One of the most prolific, successful, and original producers of these books was Gerard Leeu, a printer who started his career in the town of Gouda and moved his business to Antwerp in 1484 where he worked until his untimely death in 1492. How to make sense of this large and ‘mass’ production of printers such as Gerard Leeu? Since we have little to no archival sources on their activities, the meaning of their products has to be distilled from the objects themselves – the texts and material evidence contained in extant copies of their editions. And yet, these books often bear the marks of a number of historical layers that obscure their medieval materiality. Moreover, scholarship is still largely oriented according to oppositions such as manuscript vs. print, text vs. image, single text/edition vs. composite volume/miscellany, and even religious vs. secular. These categorizations conveniently order historical material – this project itself is of course not alien to these categories – but at the same time they obstruct our view of the late medieval book and its possible role and meaning in late medieval spirituality and society. Using examples of Gerard Leeu’s books from the (Rosenwald) collection of the Library of Congress I aim to explore the complex task of interpreting incunabula and what it can(not) tell us about the impact of the innovation of printing on spirituality and religious practice in the late medieval Low Countries.

Brief Biography: 

Anna Dlabačová  (PhD Leiden University, 2014) is Assistant Professor and postdoctoral researcher at Leiden University. She is currently a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Centre where she researches the printer Gerard Leeu as part of her monograph-project ‘Leaving a Lasting Impression. The Impact of Incunabula on Late Medieval Spirituality, Religious Practice and Visual Culture in the Low Countries’ (NWO(Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)-Veni, 2018-2022). From 2015 to 2017 she conducted a project on text and image on the early printing press at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. (a.dlabacova@hum.leidenuniv.nl)

Please join us for  Professor Dlabačová’s talk and for dinner afterwards.

The Jefferson Building is located between First and Second Streets, SE in the District of Columbia. Nearest metro stops are Capitol South (blue and orange lines) and Union Station (red line).

For further information, consult the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies website at http://wagpcs.wordpress.com/, or contact Sabrina Baron and Eleanor Shevlin at washagpcs@umd.edu.For their encouragement and support, the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies would like to thank Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections at the Library of Congress and other Library of Congress staff including Michael North, Head, Reference and Reader Services, Rare Book and Special Collections; Stephanie Stillo, Lessing J. Rosenwald Curator; Eric Frazier, Reference Librarian Rare Book and Special Collections. We are also indebted to John Y. Cole,  Library of  Congress Historian and founder of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Paid Internship Opportunity at the US Naval Observatory Library

The US Naval Observatory Library is offering a paid internship opportunity for MLIS students. As one of the foremost astronomical collections in the country, the Observatory Library is located on the beautiful grounds of the US Naval Observatory. Prospective interns can expect to expand their skill-set by working with 19th century archival groups, collection management, circulation, and cataloging. To receive funding, applicants must be enrolled in an MLIS program. Otherwise, volunteer and internship for credit applicants are welcome. Please send a short cover letter and CV to Morgan Aronson, Project Manager, US Naval Observatory Library — morgan.aronson.ctr@navy.mil . If you don’t receive an email confirming your application within 24 hours (M-F), please call 202 762 1449 to ensure your email was well-received. Questions are welcome.

Employment Opportunity at Mount Vernon

Curator of Special Collections


The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon seeks someone experienced, collaborative, and entrepreneurial to serve as the Curator of Special Collections. The Curator will oversee an extraordinary collection of nearly 5,000 rare books, including a substantial portion of Washington’s own library, and approximately 700 linear feet of manuscript collections, including invaluable material related to the life and legacy of George and Martha Washington, the Washington and Custis families, Mount Vernon, and colonial, Revolutionary, and early national American history. They will also oversee the work of the Archivist of the records of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which has owned and maintained Mount Vernon since the mid-nineteenth century.  The Curator will have the opportunity to create and implement a vision for the growth and interpretation of the special collections of the Washington Library and to fully integrate the library and its collections into the research and public outreach of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. As the first incumbent of this curatorial position, the ideal candidate will have a strong knowledge of early American history as well as rare book bibliography and the history of the book, with an understanding of paper, handwriting, publishing, book arts, and binding practices of the period. In this senior staff position, the successful candidate will be asked to preserve, to grow, and to inspire study of the special collections of the Washington Library.

Essential Functions

  • Serve as a lead scholar and interpreter of the library, writings, life, and legacy of George Washington and of the historic records of the Washington family and the Mount Vernon estate
  • Contribute to the intellectual life of the Washington Library through participation in the public programs, educational initiatives, and scholarly activities of the institution, working to promote the special collections of the Library to a wide and diverse audience
  • Develop the special collections of the Washington Library through acquisitions, loans, processing, description, and deaccessions
  • Design, implement, and lead the preservation assessment program for all collections, including conservation initiatives and the monitoring of environmental controls, emergency preparedness, and disaster response
  • Collaborate with all areas of the Library’s work as well as with other departments on the Mount Vernon estate
  • Manage the museum rotation schedule, document viewings, and installations for Library materials
  • Manage and administer a portion of the Library’s resources, developing work plans and budgets, preparing monthly and other reports as required, and supervising the work of assigned staff
  • Supervise and direct the work of the Manager of Visual Resources, the Archivist for records of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, and the Reference Librarian as well as other staff and volunteers in those areas.
  • Perform additional preservation, curatorial, outreach, and administrative tasks as required


  • Either an MLS from an ALA accredited institution or a Ph.D. in a field related to the collections. Ph.D. preferred.
  • A minimum of 6-8 years of successful work experience in the field, with evidence of increasing responsibility and innovation
  • Thorough knowledge of eighteenth-century American history and/or bibliography with a proven track record of scholarly engagement and professional service
  • Demonstrated competence in the management of special collections using tools like ArchiveSpace and experience with reference and research services across multiple platforms
  • Exceptional social, interpersonal, and written communication skills and an ability to write for both general and scholarly audiences
  • Ability to foster a positive work environment and evidence of professional initiative and flexibility

The Institution Opened in 2013, the Washington Library is a center for research and scholarship about George Washington and America’s Founding era and is an important component of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which welcomes more than one million visitors per year. A completely private and independent research library, it is owned and maintained, along with the historic estate of George Washington, by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union. In addition to its special collections and archives, the Library hosts a large collection of research, bibliographic, and visual resources to support the work of students, teachers, and scholars as well as the historians, curators, horticulturalists, archaeologists, interpreters, and other staff and volunteers of Mount Vernon. The Library also supports a large online collection of digital resources and third-party databases and is a fully staffed modern research library.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies Event

The first meeting of the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies 2019-2020 series will take place on Friday, September 6, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

Professor Betty A. Schellenberg will deliver a talk entitled “Reader Creations: Alteration, Arrangement, and Intention in the Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Poetry Miscellany.”


Whether or not eighteenth-century creators of personal poetry miscellanies accepted Pope’s claim that “True self-love and social are the same,” they had decisions to make about how to combine the “public” poetry they selected for copying from magazines and printed miscellanies with the poetry created within their own social circles, even their own compositions. While scholars of early modern poetry compilations have wrestled inconclusively with the question of how much can be read into their arrangement of contents, analyses of eighteenth-century manuscript miscellanies are virtually non-existent. I argue that these miscellanies represent circumstances different from those of their predecessors, because the poetry they copy tends to be drawn from new and widely available print forms. Faced with a greater choice of materials, these compilers become curators and creators in their own right, revealing a consciousness of object-making not only in the decorative flourishes they use to embellish and unify their work, but also in the alteration and arrangement they enact on the poems they memorialize in their books. After a general overview of this overlooked genre, my talk will explore creative strategies whereby the individual compiler negotiated her or his own position in relation to local networks as well as a fast-developing literary culture and global British identity.


Betty A. Schellenberg is a Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Her interests in authorship, the print trade, and scribal cultures inform her most recent monograph, Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture (2016). Other publications include Samuel Richardson in Context, co-edited with Peter Sabor (Cambridge, 2017), The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2005), and Reconsidering the Bluestockings, co-edited with Nicole Pohl (Huntington Library, 2003). She is currently researching the eighteenth-century manuscript verse miscellany.

Please join us for  Professor Schellenberg’s talk and for dinner afterwards.

The Jefferson Building is located between First and Second Streets, SE in the District of Columbia. Nearest metro stops are Capitol South (blue and orange lines) and Union Station (red line).

For further information, consult the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies website at http://wagpcs.wordpress.com/, or contact Sabrina Baron and Eleanor Shevlin at washagpcs@umd.edu.

For their encouragement and support, the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies would like to thank Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections at the Library of Congress and other Library of Congress staff including Michael North, Head, Reference and Reader Services, Rare Book and Special Collections; Stephanie Stillo, Lessing J. Rosenwald Curator; Eric Frazier, Reference Librarian Rare Book and Special Collections. We are also indebted to John Y. Cole,  Library of Congress Historian and founder of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

American Printing History Association 2019 Annual Conference

One Press, Many Hands: Diversity in the History of American Printing”

Registration Now Open!

University of Maryland, College Park   October 25-27, 2019

APHA invites you to join us for our first conference expressly devoted to the rich history of printing and publishing in America from diverse groups. Our 2019 annual conference will join the conversation on intersections of printing history, the book arts, bibliography, and print culture studies with gender studies, queer theory, ethnic studies, Black studies, Jewish studies, and Latin@ history. Through lectures, panels, and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to engage with a critical exploration of the history of printing among America’s underrepresented communities. The full schedule includes keynote addresses, panels of presentations by scholars and practitioners, workshops, and visits to University of Maryland collections and Pyramid Atlantic book arts studio. 

Keynotes and artists:
Colette Gaiter, multimedia artist, graphic designer, and writer, Professor of Visual Communications and Visual Studies at the University of Delaware’s Department of Art & Design and the Department of Africana Studies

Kinohi Nishikawa, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at Princeton University, where he currently holds the John E. Annan Bicentennial Preceptorship

Lynette Spencer, professional artist and educator who specializes in relief printing and bookmaking

Information regarding the conference including the schedule, registration, and travel details 

Direct link to online registration

As a reminder, you will need to be a member of APHA to attend at this year’s conference: APHA membership information

We look forward to seeing you all in College Park!

Contact Jesse Erickson, APHA VP for Programs, for questions or concerns: jericksn@udel.edu

Employment Opportunity at Yale University

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library : Catalog/Metadata Librarian

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose: 
Under the general direction of the Head of Rare Book Cataloging, the Catalog/Metadata Librarian creates, enhances, and maintains original and complex bibliographic and authority records for a wide range of special collections materials in various formats for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Plans, directs, and reviews work of cataloging assistants and/or student assistants. Participates in Library-wide planning and committee activities, and is expected to be active professionally.

The Rare Book Cataloging Unit, part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Technical Services Department, is responsible for cataloging material ranging from incunabula to twenty-first century publications.

  • Provides original cataloging/creates metadata for materials in all formats and subject areas. Applies descriptive standards (RDA, AACR2, DCRM, DACS, or VRC, etc.), structural standards (MARC, MODS, METS or EAD, etc.), and controlled vocabularies (LCNAF, or LCSH, etc,). Creates authority records applying standards and best practices, and assigns call numbers using Library of Congress Classification system.
  • Provides intellectual and physical management of ORBIS and other library databases. This may include authority control, record loading, ingesting objects, quality assurance processes, and working with stakeholders throughout the library community.
  • Analyzes bibliographic and metadata problems, recommends policies, develops processes and best practices, and creates documentation.
  • Engages with cataloging and technical service staff, other librarians, curators, and collection managers in an effort to meet their needs, and the needs of our users.
  • Researches, plans and oversees special projects.
  • May manage vendor services and relationships.
  • Trains and revises the work of students, assistants and other librarians.
  • Participates in national metadata/cataloging initiatives, i.e. the Program for Cooperative Cataloging programs (BIBCO, NACO, SACO).
  • Participates in the library’s management, assessment, training and development programs.
  • Keeps abreast of national and international developments including new metadata standards, technologies, trends, and techniques.
  • Establishes a record of service to the Library, the University and the profession.
  • May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 1 or 2 based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:   http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions

Application review will begin July 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Education and Experience: 

  1. Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited library school. In selective cases a graduate degree in a related subject field may be substituted.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards. Knowledge of subject analysis and classification systems.
  3. If supervision of professional and/or support staff is a principal responsibility, supervisory experience is required.
  4. Experience designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
  5. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications; analytical ability; accuracy and attention to detail.
  6. Ability to initiate and adapt to change.
  7. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
  8. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards. Knowledge of subject analysis and classification systems.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Rare materials cataloging experience according to Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials. Reading knowledge of one or more modern European languages. NACO experience. Experience cataloging non-monographic formats (e.g. serials, cartographic, graphic). Record of involvement or desire to engage with special collections and other cataloging communities.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-56294BR.  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

Minimum Salary: $60,500

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Audrey Pearson
Catalog/Metadata Librarian
Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Call for Proposals: BSA’s New Scholars Program

Applications due September 3

The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present fifteen-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA’s annual meeting, which will take place in New York City in late January of 2020. 

The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of textual artifacts (manuscript, print, or digital). The theme of BSA’s 2020 annual meeting will be technology. The selection committee warmly welcomes (but does not require) papers that consider technologies of the book, capaciously conceived, including studies on textual artifacts and technological processes ranging from those in the ancient world to the present day. 

Those selected for the panel receive an honorarium of $500, as well as reimbursed expenses of up to $500 toward the cost of attending BSA’s 2020 annual meeting. In addition, awardees receive a complimentary one-year membership in the BSA, and may apply for travel funds to attend a subsequent BSA annual meeting within two years following their presentation to the Society. Papers presented by BSA New Scholars are submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America for publication, subject to peer review.

For more about the New Scholars Program, eligibility requirements, and application procedures, see:http://bibsocamer.org/awards/new-scholars-program/

New Scholars applications are evaluated based on their eligibility, overall completeness, and quality, as well as the strength of letters of recommendation. Instructions provided in BSA’s New Scholars application form are intended to help applicants prepare a competitive submission.

BSA encourages applications from academics, librarians, archivists, curators, members of the book trade, collectors, and others of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. BSA seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field, and encourages work that offers new research on previously under- or misrepresented groups or individuals.

International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent on their ability to supply a current passport allowing for travel to the United States. Please note that honoraria paid to non-US citizens may be taxable, and a portion of the honorarium may be withheld for payment to the IRS. Winners of all nationalities will receive award packages with instructions on the forms required for payment.

Barbara Heritage
Chair of the New Scholars Program Committee

Employment Opportunity at Indiana University

Digital and Special Collections Librarian

Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library seeks an innovative and energetic individual to lead collaborative efforts to identify, assess and provide access to the digital materials given to and created by the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. This includes the creation of metadata records and the implementation of policies regarding the creation, storage, preservation, organization, description, and access to these materials. The Digital and Special Collections Librarian is also responsible for initiating and maintaining outreach, reference, and collection development activities for the History of Medicine and Special Collections related to the School of Medicine as well as regional, state and local history and culture. This position participates in the library liaison program and in curriculum-based education.

This is a tenure track faculty position that reports to the Associate Director for Content Management and Assessment. Please visit https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/7950 to view the full job description.

Application materials (cover letter and CV) should be sent to the Search Committee: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/7950

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 8, 2019. Position is open until filled.

Salary minimum: $55,000

Indiana University School of Medicine is an EEO/AA Employer, M/F/D/V