National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

The ABAA is currently accepting entries for the 2019 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

We are delighted to once again have support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, the generous underwriter of prizes for this contest.

Please note that the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest is open to all prizewinners of college contests, whether or not first prize, as well as to interested students whose institutions do not offer contests. More information can be found here. All entries should be submitted at

All entries for the 2019 competition must be submitted by June 13, 2019. For more information on the contest, please visit

Please pass along this information to any interested parties and contact with any questions. 

With thanks and good wishes on behalf of our partners at The Library of Congress, FABS, and the Grolier Club.

Warm regards,
Janine Moodhe
Associate Director
Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA)

Call for Submissions: FABS Journal

We are delighted to post this call for submissions for the 2019 Fall issue of the FABS Journal, the official publication of The Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, whose mission is to communicate, share, and support biblio-centric activities, research, and ideas across its member clubs. The journal is published twice annually in print and digital form, and 6,000 copies of each issue are distributed to our North American Member Clubs and International Affiliates.  In addition to reporting club news, each issue features an article, review, Q&A, or opinion piece on a topic of the author’s choosing. 

Past issues may be viewed in PDF form on the FABS website:

We welcome entries from ALL corners of the book world including (but certainly not limited to): librarians, institutions, dealers, collectors, bibliographers, conservators, archivists, book plate enthusiasts, academics, curators, bookbinders, decorated paper makers, and anyone who has done significant independent research on the book as an object.  You do not need to be a member of a FABS club to submit, and the Fall 2019 issue is not themed.

Submissions must not exceed the 2000 word limit and must be emailed to the editor no later than 11:59 p.m. on June 30th (email address below). The issue will be published in the first week of October.

We hope you will consider sharing your work!

With best wishes,
Annie Rowlenson, Editor

Scott Ellwood, Assistant Editor

Employment Opportunity at the Society of the Cincinnati

Research Services Librarian
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, a nonprofit historical and educational organization headquartered at Anderson House in Washington, D.C., seeks a dynamic library professional to manage reader services and outreach for its library, which houses a collection of 50,000+ rare and modern items focused on the era of the American Revolution.

Major Duties
The research services librarian is the primary staff member charged with promoting and managing use of the library collections, on-site and remotely. The research services librarian:
– assists and advises scholars using the library collections, especially the Institute’s fellows and other academic users;
– develops and manages special projects to promote and document the library collections, such as writing articles for the Institute’s publications and website and giving lectures and customized presentation to special groups;
– develops and leads classes on using special collections for research, a hallmark of our library program;
– oversees and manages the digitization of library collections and directs the development of the online Digital Library;
– recruits and supervises the library’s volunteers and interns;
– provides support to the Institute’s broader cultural initiatives, including exhibitions, educational programs, publications and special events; and
– works closely with the Library Director to develop and enhance library programs and services.

– Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent training and experience (knowledge of the history of the American Revolutionary era a plus);
– at least three years of professional experience working with special collections and providing reference support in a library setting
– knowledge of digitization protocols (experience with CONTENTdm a plus);
– excellent interpersonal skills working with staff, volunteers, interns, researchers and other constituents of the library;
– reading knowledge of French or other foreign language; and
– demonstrated organizational skills, ability to work independently and take initiative, and effective writing and public speaking

Salary and Benefits
This is a mid-level position on the professional staff of the Society of the Cincinnati. The current budget allocation for this position is $55,000 per year (negotiable). Excellent benefits include paid annual and sick leave, health insurance, a 401(k) plan, and a monthly commuting stipend.

To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter, including mention of where you learned about this opening, by email to:

Ellen McCallister Clark
Library Director
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Position open until filled.