Reminder: Applications due September 8 for BSA’s 2021 New Scholars Program

The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts (manuscript, print, digital, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads). 

Each year, the New Scholars Program invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in January. Those selected for the panel will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and will be invited to present their work as part of BSA’s 2021 annual meeting. (Please note that, in 2021, BSA will hold its annual meeting online, and that New Scholars will be asked to present their work virtually rather than in person.) Expanded versions of papers presented by the BSA New Scholars will be submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review. Applicants should, therefore, submit new work that has not been accepted for publication elsewhere either in the form of a book chapter (or portion thereof) or article.

In keeping with the values of the Society, the New Scholars selection committee welcomes bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media. In addition, the committee welcomes scholarly submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives. The committee particularly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects. 

The 2020 BSA New Scholars as well as their paper abstracts are listed on BSA’s website. 


The committee encourages applications from all who are new to bibliography, including junior (i.e., untenured) academics, graduate students at the dissertation level, members of the book trade, librarians, curators, 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.

For this year’s application cycle, the selection committee will be accepting joint applications; joint applications require a single abstract and cover letter, along with individual CVs combined into a single PDF, as well as individual recommendation letters. The award will be divided among members of the joint application.

How to Apply

BSA uses Kaleidoscope to manage applications to our programs, and all candidates and recommenders are required to submit materials through that website.

The application form requires: 

1.    A letter of application describing their background in bibliography, and incorporating a short abstract for their proposed paper as well as a brief overview of their proposed 15-minute talk, to be presented at BSA’s annual meeting;

2.    A curriculum vitae;

3.    A letter of recommendation.

Applicants will be prompted to supply the name and email address for a recommender, who will provide a confidential letter of recommendation. Recommenders should be an advisor or colleague who is familiar with the project, and who can speak to how the project will make a contribution to the field of bibliography. (N.B.: Doctoral candidates should request a recommendation from their dissertation director.)

International applicants are welcome to apply.

Mail-in applications and letters of recommendation are not accepted. If the application form is inaccessible for any reason, please contact BSA Executive Director Erin Schreiner at and she will work to accommodate your needs.

The application deadline for consideration in 2021 is September 8, 2020.

Additional note: BSA held an information session for prospective applicants on Friday, June 26. Co-moderated by Barbara Heritage and Cynthia Gibson, the session provided general advice on the application process, and featured former BSA New Scholars Theresa Goodman, Megan Piorko, Simran Thadani, and Matthew Wills, and also included members of the New Scholars Selection Committee. 
Click here to watch the recording of this session on YouTube.

The Award

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 the BSA’s New Scholars application form are intended to help applicants prepare a competitive submission.

Those selected for the panel will receive an honorarium of $1,000, and will be invited to present their work as part of BSA’s 2021 annual meeting. Expanded versions of papers presented by the BSA New Scholars will be submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review. Applicants should, therefore, submit new work that has not been accepted for publication elsewhere either in the form of a book chapter (or portion thereof) or article. They will also receive a complimentary one-year BSA membership, and may apply for travel funds to attend a subsequent BSA annual meeting within two years following their presentation to the Society. 

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.

More Information

Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to Barbara E. Heritage, Chair, New Scholars Program, at

Meghan R. Constantinou, M.A., M.L.I.S.

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY  10022
phone: 212-838-6690 ext. 5
fax: 212-838-2445

Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency

General Purpose: 

The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Residency is a nine-month term-limited position to provide library professionals with substantive exposure to rare materials cataloging. The Residency is made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Yale Center for British Art. The Residency runs from October 2020 to June 2021.

Under the general direction of the Senior Catalogue Librarian, the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Resident creates, enhances, and maintains original and complex bibliographic and authority records for a wide range of special collections materials in various formats for the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Yale Center for British Art. The Resident will also contribute to YCBA projects and meetings concerning the description, curatorship, and discovery of rare books and manuscripts.

Cataloguing projects for the Residency will be selected based on the Resident’s interests and experience. Possibilities include: the J. R. Abbey collection of color-plate books illustrated in aquatint and lithography; single-item manuscripts documenting British art, society, and culture; atlases and maps from the Paul Mellon Bequest; image collections, including photographs, prints, or sketchbooks; realia / 3D objects; a toy theater collection; small collections of archival material.

At the culmination of the Residency, the Resident will present a public talk on a topic relevant to the substantive experience gained during his or her tenure. The Resident will also receive funds to attend the 2021 RBMS Conference.

In compliance with Yale’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Resident will work remotely initially. In-person work will begin when permitted by Yale University guidelines.

  • 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. Salary: $46,800 for nine months ($5,200 / month). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Application review will begin immediately and continue until July 31, 2020. Please include a cover letter with application. The cover letter should include an explanation of interest in the Residency.

Required Education and Experience: 

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of current national cataloging/metadata content and structural standards. Knowledge of subject analysis and classification systems.
  • Experience designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications. Analytical ability. Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to initiate and adapt to change. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience or coursework in cataloging rare materials. 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  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

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.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. at BookLab!

Just a reminder that Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. will be visiting as BookLab’s Petrou Artist in Residence this week.

You can drop in to BookLab (Tawes 3248) any time Wednesday, 11- 5 pm to meet him, hang out, watch him work, and–of course–print under his direction! No experience and no particular time commitment is necessary.

On Thursday, at 3:30 in Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes Hall) he will deliver an artist’s talk entitled “The Gospel of Bad Printing.”

On Friday, festivities will shift down the street to our neighbors at Pyramid Atlantic, where Mr. Kennedy will open an exhibition of his work, 6:30 –  9:00pm.

Here is his biography:

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr is a descendant of the enslaved peoples of the United States of America . After 40 years of age, Kennedy embraced his humanity and abandoned the commercial dream that defines this civilization. Unsatisfied with the illusion of a comfortable, middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for overalls. The subject of the Brown Finch Films documentary “Proceed and Be Bold”, his letterpress work raises emotionally charged questions about race, individuality, and the false narrative of this civilization.

The aforementioned documentary is available here:

Please join us for what promises to be a special and unique event, and also to help showcase (in return) all of the amazing people and work here at Maryland. And please forward this announcement to others near and wide–all events are free and open to the public.

Best, Matt

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Professor of English and Digital Studies
Director, Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies
Printer’s Devil, BookLab
University of

Call for Papers – CBHL 2020

The Council of Botanical & Horticultural Libraries is holding its annual meeting for 2020 in Washington DC, May 19-22. 

Hosted by the Smithsonian Libraries and the National Library of Agriculture, the theme is “What’s next? The 21st-century botanical and horticultural library;” the conference will feature Dr. John Kress, Curator Emeritus, National Museum of Natural History, as the keynote speaker on botanical research in the Anthropocene, with a post-conference trip to Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville VA on Saturday, May 23.

The coming century will be challenging for libraries of all kinds, but botanical and horticultural libraries can anticipate a particularly important role as evidence mounts of the ways in which climate change increasingly affects our world, from large-scale agriculture to neighborhood gardens to the exploration/discovery/cultivation of new food sources.  There will also be practical issues of work environments and how we store and preserve physical books as the physical world around us changes.  We may already be facing expected (and unexpected) impacts from that challenge, as well as those arising from technological developments, new research needs, institutional contexts and/or support, public interest and access/outreach, staff training and expertise requirements, fund-raising issues, or simply how best to deal with an unpredictable future.

Short (20-minute) presentations on any aspect of current and future changes, challenges, and opportunities to libraries supporting botanical scholarship and horticultural activities are invited.

Please submit proposals of 100-150 words, including your name and e-mail contact information, to Leslie K. Overstreet, by March 15, 2020.

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, March 6th , from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Rosenwald Room (LJ 205), 2nd floor, Jefferson Building of t​he Library of Congress. Professor Juliette Wells will deliver a talk entitled “A Labor of Love and Friendship: Alberta H. Burke, Averil Hassall, and the Building of a Transatlantic Austen Collection.”

Abstract:For more than forty years, the distinguished American Austen collector Alberta Burke (1906-1975) filed ephemera in a series of ten astonishing scrapbooks. Her most enthusiastic partner in this endeavor was her longtime friend Averil Hassall of Oxfordshire, who contributed clippings, playbills, and extensive handwritten reviews of Austen adaptations on stage and screen.  Recently rediscovered personal letters illuminate for the first time the extent and significance of Mrs. Hassall’s contributions, as well as affording new insight into Mrs. Burke’s motives and practices as a collector.

Brief Biography: 

Juliette Wells is the Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College. She is the author of two books on Austen’s historical readers and fans: Reading Austen in America (2017), and Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination (2011), both for Bloomsbury Academic. For Penguin Classics, she created 200th-anniversary annotated editions of Persuasion (2017) and Emma (2015). As the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) East Coast Traveling Lecturer in 2019-2020, she will address groups in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Halifax, Nova Scotia; she will also give a keynote for the Jane Austen Society of Australia’s biennial conference in June 2020.

Please join us for Dr. Well‘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, or contact Sabrina Baron and Eleanor Shevlin at

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.

Library of Congress Opens Applications for Librarians-in-Residence Program

Recent Graduates of Library and Information Science Master’s Programs Can Apply Beginning Dec. 12

For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s national collections.  

Applications will be accepted from December 12, 2019 to January 17, 2020. The Library will select up to nine applicants for a six-month residency beginning in July 2020. The program is open to students who will complete their master’s degrees in an American Library Association-accredited library and information science program no later than June 2020 or who completed such a degree no earlier than December 2018.

“We are inviting early career librarians to bring their intellectual engagement, technological prowess and theoretical concepts of library and information science to help us address practical challenges here at the world’s largest library,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “The Library of Congress will benefit from their creative thinking, and librarians-in-residence will benefit from the hands-on experience of working with the national collections, side-by-side with experts on the Library’s staff.”

For more information, visit the Library’s website for the full announcement:

2019 APHA Chesapeake Chapter Denker Fellows Symposium Invitation

Each year the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association awards fellowships to undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in printing history, printing, or the book arts. The fellowships are a memorial to Michael P. Denker, an active and beloved past president of the Chesapeake Chapter and an enthusiastic and accomplished letterpress printer who died in 2013. The Denker Fellowship has been established to honor and celebrate Mike’s commitment to getting young people interested in printing and printing history, and his great devotion to the Chesapeake Chapter.

As part of the fellowship program Denker Fellows give a presentation on a topic of their choosing at the Library of Congress. You are invited to join us for this year’s presentations on Wednesday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. at the Library of Congress in the Rosenwald Room (Room LJ205) on the second floor of the Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC.

Presenting this year will be Mallory Haselberger who writes that, “While literary studies are foregrounded by printing history, the practical instruction of letterpress printing is notably absent in the humanities undergraduate and graduate curriculum. As someone whose research and interests have always been at the intersection of the literary and artistic, my journey of coming to letterpress as a graduate student has changed my perspective on my studies — and altered how I think about the printed word. My development as a printer has changed my perspective about how an art form identified with the past can be reintroduced, and re-imagined, in current academic discourse.” Her  talk “Learning to Measure by Ems and Picas: A Letterpress Journey” will cover her own experiences in learning to “measure by ems and picas” during her studies, from her first experiments in printing and re-finishing a 3 X 5″ Kelsey press, to undertaking her first entirely letterpress-printed project. By examining her introductory experiences in letterpress printing, she will discuss the ways in which the actions of setting type, rolling ink, and adjusting spacing can expand multidisciplinary studies in a way not provided by other artistic means.

Also presenting will be Cody Zanowick who’s talk is titled “Printmaking In Its Primal Form.”

We hope you will be able to join us for these interesting, well prepared presentations.