Position Announcement


Lorne Bair Rare Books invites applications for the the position of full-time cataloguer/bookseller at our offices in Winchester, Virginia. Starting base salary, based on qualifications and experience, is in the range of $35,000 to $45,000 per year, with substantial additional compensation in the form of commissions, profit-sharing, and performance bonuses. 

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of three years direct experience in antiquarian bookselling, with demonstrable proficiencies in the areas of rare book cataloguing (especially English and Continental printed books from the 16th century onward); bibliographical research; direct sales, and book buying. This position requires exceptional writing and communication skills. Applicants possessing first-hand acquaintance with British and European markets and institutions will be favored. Overseas travel will be an occasional job requirement. 

Lorne Bair Rare Books, established in 1996, is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America  (ABAA). We are a leading American dealer in the areas of Social History, Radical Thought, Economics, and Modern Literature. As a business we are devoted to the ideals of economic, racial, and gender equity, and we emphatically commit to equal consideration of applicants from all cultural backgrounds. Through structured profit-sharing, a generous commission structure, and organizational transparency, we have strived to build a culture of sustained growth that benefits company and employees equally. 

Winchester, Virginia is a small city (population 25,000) at the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, about 90 miles west of Washington, D.C. Cost of living is low to moderate, rated at 101.8 on the BestPlaces.com COL index. The region is renowned for its scenic beauty and rich history; school and health systems are highly rated, and cultural opportunities are above average for American cities of comparable size. 

Applicants should submit resumé and cover letter by post to Lorne Bair Rare Books, 661 Millwood Avenue, Ste 206, Winchester, VA 22601; or via email at info@lornebair.com

All applicants will receive a reply; finalists will be invited for interviews (either virtual or live, depending upon COVID developments) beginning in early February, 2021.

Call for Papers: Gender & the Book Trades

We are delighted to announce the reopening of our call for papers for the annual St Andrews Book Conference, now scheduled for 16-19 June 2021. Given the possibility of continuing global restrictions on travel, we have decided that the conference will go ahead on the dates specified but in a fully virtual format. For more information on our virtual conference including format, pre-circulation of papers and resulting publication of the conference proceedings, please see our extended call for papers on our website: ustc.ac.uk/conference.

Gender and the Book Trades
St Andrews Book Conference
16-19 June

Gender has always played a role in the history of the book. Whether explicitly acknowledged or implicitly assumed, considerations of gender have shaped the printed book and its subsequent study. Important research has drawn attention to women’s work in the manuscript and printed book trades across and beyond Europe. Work which tackles questions of masculinity and the book trades, meanwhile, remains conspicuously scarce, even as male subjects remain the default for many bibliographers. 

This conference seeks to discuss possible frameworks for analyzing the critical relationship between gender and book history while confronting the binaries that have structured the historiography. It will bring together academics, librarians, archivists and antiquarian booksellers working across periods to build a more inclusive bibliography and explore new directions in the study of gender and the history of the book. 

Topics may include, but need not be limited to: 
☞ The gender of books 
☞ Theory and practice of feminist/inclusive bibliography 
☞ Constructions of masculinity and the book trades 
☞ Gender nonconformity 
☞ Intersections of gender and confessional identity 
☞ Sexuality/ies and the book 
☞ The influence of family dynamics on the book trade 
☞ Women and book production, especially beyond Western Europe and North America 
☞ Communities and identity 
☞ New methodologies for the study of gender in the book trades 

Please send proposals (maximum 300 words) and a short biographical note to Elise Watson (egw2@st-andrews.ac.uk), Jessica Farrell-Jobst (jjfj@st-andrews.ac.uk) and Nora Epstein (njne@st-andrews.ac.uk) by 31 January 2021. Those who have already had their papers accepted will be contacted separately and need not respond to this additional call. We look forward to hearing from you!

Of Possible Interest to WRBG Members: Antiracist Bookwork

About this Event

Tuesday, 1 December 2020
12:30-1:30 PM EST on Zoom
Register Here

Antiracist Bookwork

Sponsored by UMD’s BookLab

Hosted by BookLab, book artist and printer Tia Blassingame (Scripps College and Primrose Press), will be in conversation with Curtis Small, Jr. (Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at the University of Delaware).

The University of Maryland Center for Literary and Comparative Studies is sponsoring a year-long linked series of events, “Antiracism: Research • Teaching • Public Engagement,” that support and act upon the statements of solidarity for Black Lives Matter issued by the Department, College, and University. We also convene this series to honor and highlight the longstanding commitment among many English Department faculty and students to antiracist scholarship and teaching.

Drawing upon the flexibility of the virtual environment—all of our programming in AY 20-21 will be virtual—we are committed to supporting the work of emerging, early-, and mid-career scholars and teachers, with a particular emphasis on welcoming BIPOC and BAME scholars and teachers in the US and abroad. We envisage that these events will draw audiences from the University of Maryland and beyond. Our intention is to contribute to the development of antiracist scholarship and pedagogy, and to offer public engagement with our various communities beyond campus in the service of promoting antiracism in all its forms. We are also committed to making these events accessible.

The Antiracism series is co-sponsored by the University Libraries and the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information about the series, including upcoming events, please visit our site.



Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, M.A. in Book Arts from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a teaching artist at the National Building Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Glen Echo, Pyramid Atlantic, and University of Maryland at College Park.

Curtis Small, Jr. is the Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at the University of Delaware. Small oversees the Special Collections’ exhibition program, instruction activities, and reference services. He regularly curates exhibitions and is a member of the project team for the Colored Conventions Project, an award winning Digital Humanities project that documents the largest African American advocacy movement of the nineteenth century.

Live captioning is available.

The Zoom link will be sent to registrants approximately 24 hours in advance of the event.

Contact clcs@umd.edu with questions, concerns, or registration issues. Please also note that some university email filters send EventBrite reminders directly to spam folders.

Lewis Carroll Society of North America, Virtual Event!

LCSNA Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting

October 10, 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm

The Hatter was the first to break the silence. ‘What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said ‘The fourth.’
‘six days wrong!’ sighed the Arnold Hirshon.

The LCSNA Fall Meeting is Saturday, October 10, 2020, 12:00 – 4:45 PM, EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME, USA.

Ordinarily, this part of our message is where our meeting host, Arnold Hirshon, Vice Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University, would provide information about Cleveland, Ohio and the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University. This year, we hold our meeting in the wonderland of alternative time and space online, through the internet, using Zoom.

Arnold Hirshon, the program host and most speakers have remained committed despite this third change in time for the meeting.

Washington Rare Book Group’s own August Imholtz will be one of the speakers, with an illustrated talk on the Appleton Alice.

Case Western Reserve University is providing support with the technology, meeting recording, and registration. The LCSNA thanks them all.

As in Alice’s Wonderland, I expect we will meet new characters that are not ordinarily able to attend our in-person meetings. Lewis Carroll might mark this memorable day, in this unusual year, with a white stone. The Society welcomes all of you. Although the meeting is free and open to the public, please register so we ensure there are enough virtual seats.

Further information and the full program are available at https://www.lewiscarroll.org/events/

Call for Nominations for the 2021 APHA Awards!

The American Printing History Association (APHA) Board of Trustees and the Awards Committee invite nominations for the 2021 APHA Individual Laureate and Institutional Awards. 

Since 1976, APHA has recognized individuals whose work has contributed to the “study, recording, preservation or dissemination of printing history”. In 1985, an award for institutional achievements was established. 

These prestigious awards, which celebrate outstanding contributions to the history of printing, are presented each January at APHA’s Annual Meeting. Awardee acceptance speeches have historically stood as important statements of philosophy, accomplishment, and the value of printing history and the book arts.

APHA is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Individual Laureate and Institutional awards; the nomination period will close on September 15. Nominations are reviewed by the APHA Awards Committee, and presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

A list of our previous awardees, brief biographical sketches, photographs from past ceremonies, and select acceptance speeches can be viewed on the APHA website at: https://printinghistory.org/programs/awards/


Nominations will be accepted through midnight on September 15. Nominations may be submitted by any current member of APHA. Nominations from APHA chapters are encouraged. Submissions for nominations should be made electronically by email to awards@printinghistory.org, and MUST include:

  1. Award category for nomination (Institution or Individual)
  2. For an individual, provide: Name, professional affiliation (if applicable), and contact information (please provide at least one of the following: address, phone, and/or email)
  3. For an institution, provide: Name of contact at institution, contact information (please provide at least one of the following: address, phone, and/or email)
  4. For the Individual Laureate, provide a concise abstract as to the individual’s background and expertise; for the Institutional Award, provide a summary of this institution in a greater context.
  5. A summary (250–350 words) of why the nominee’s contribution to printing history deserves recognition. This summary should include appropriate examples of activities or accomplishments which will be relevant to the awards committee’s evaluation process. This may include the nominator’s relationship to the nominee, if any.
  6. Your name or chapter name and contact information (name, email, and phone).


Nominations are due to the Board no later than midnight September 15 to receive evaluation and consideration by the Awards Committee and the Board.

Individual and institutional nominees need not be APHA members. 

Nominations are welcome from individuals at all stages of their chosen professions, but nominators must be APHA members. Nominations submitted on behalf of APHA Chapters are likewise encouraged.

Letters of support (no more than six maximum) may come from others with knowledge of the nominee. Supporting documents should follow the nomination guidelines above, and carry the same due date. 

Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the committee.

Thank you for your assistance in recognizing outstanding accomplishments in the history of printing.

Position Announcement: Instruction and Engagement Librarian, UCLA Clark Library

Title: Instruction and Engagement Librarian

Department: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Librarian ($55,014 to $84,507)
Position Availability: Immediately

Next review date: Thursday, Sep 10, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Oct 8, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library seeks an energetic, creative, culturally competent, and service-oriented professional to develop and administer an instruction and engagement program using the holdings and other resources of the Clark Library to support the teaching, research, and community engagement mission of the university. The incumbent will expand the use of the Clark Library beyond its existing audience and raise awareness of the Clark Library as a unique educational resource at UCLA for users from around the world.

Position Duties
Reporting to the Head Librarian of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the incumbent’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinates the teaching program at the Clark, including overseeing class requests, scheduling classes in consultation and collaboration with other librarians, and monitoring technology and supplies in library class spaces
  • Takes a leading role in preparing and leading instruction sessions with primary sources, including evaluating and selecting materials, developing lesson plans, and collaborating with instructors on assignments and learning objectives
  • Works with faculty and other campus partners to strengthen instructional collaborations across the university, and integrate Clark collections and resources into new and existing classes and programs
  • Partners with students, instructors, and other librarians to enhance learning, teaching and research through critical engagement with library resources as well as emerging technologies, digital pedagogy and research methods
  • Works closely with public services colleagues to introduce new users to the Clark’s facilities, collections, and policies and procedures
  • Establishes user-focused public programs and services, including collaborating with Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies staff and other campus and external organizations to publicize and promote use of the collections through tours, exhibitions, presentations, and other creative public programming and engagement initiatives with audiences on campus, in Los Angeles, and beyond
  • Develops neighborhood-centered projects and programs by building and sustaining connections with local institutions, community organizations, and individuals
  • Contributes to the Clark’s social media program
  • Coordinates, collaborates on, and promotes Clark Library exhibitions and external loans
  • Identifies and develops primary source and reference holdings appropriate for Clark collecting areas in consultation with Clark Library colleagues
  • Develops reference guides to collections and reference resources for users
  • Promotes inclusive teaching practices and a commitment to accessibility in the development and delivery of services and programs
  • Participates actively in Center/Clark and campus committees
  • Engages with regional and national professional organizations and participates in ongoing professional development relevant to position responsibilities
  • Supervises and mentors graduate and undergraduate students and interns

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of two years of recent library work experience in a special collections environment
  • Experience closely engaging audiences with primary sources within a special collections setting
  • Experience with research and teaching trends, methods, emerging technologies, and best practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of current developments in archives and special collections librarianship
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and potential uses of special collection materials and services
  • Evidence of innovative program development and engagement with a variety of audiences
  • Experience developing community contacts and relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and creatively within and across organizations and user groups
  • Commitment to inclusivity within the workplace and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues
  • Ability to flourish in a team-based environment and foster teamwork among others
  • Proven success in complex project management that includes developing and evaluating programs, meeting deadlines, and overseeing the work of other team members
  • Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills, and the ability to balance multiple tasks and demands
  • Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with library-relevant information technology applications (ex: Aeon, Voyager, OCLC WorldCat, ArchiveSpace)
  • Ability to adapt to dynamic work conditions, including familiarity with both onsite and virtual work environments
  • Capacity to thrive in the evolving environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities
  • Record of engagement with the profession, demonstrated through local or national workshop and/or conference participation, committee work, research, and/or publications
  • Familiarity with library best practices and standards as issued by ALA, RBMS, SAA, and other relevant professional organizations
  • Excellent public speaking and writing skills

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: (1) Second advanced degree in a relevant discipline; (2) Reading knowledge of at least one language other than English; (3) Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to archives, libraries, and special collections; (4) Demonstrated experience with digitization initiatives; (5) Demonstrated research expertise and/or publication in an area represented in the collections.

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility. Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program. In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, university and community service, and scholarly activities. Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Description of Library and Institution

The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, located ten miles from the UCLA campus in the West Adams district of Los Angeles, is a non-circulating research collection of some 110,000 books and manuscripts, specializing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books (with a traditional strength in British studies), Oscar Wilde and the fin de siecle, the book arts (with an emphasis on California), and the history of Montana and the West. Part of UCLA since 1934, the Clark is administered by the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, a statewide ORU (Organized Research Unit) within UCLA’s College of Letters and Science. In addition to the UCLA academic community, the Clark Library serves students and faculty from neighboring institutions, visiting scholars, resident fellows, and the general public. The Center/Clark presents a wide range of public and academic programming, including conferences, lectures, concerts, and workshops.

UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see: University of California—Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

Candidates applying by September 10, 2020 will be given first consideration for this position. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the library profession. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Document requirements

  • Cover Letter – Describing qualifications and experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. detailing education and relevant experience.
  • References – Names and contact information for three professional references, including current or previous supervisor; contact information only.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05805.

Frederick Book Arts Center Virtual Auction – Donations Wanted!

A Letter from our Executive Director:
Dear Fellow printers, book lovers,  printmakers, and photographers,
The Frederick Book Arts Center is excited to announce that we will be hosting our first online auction; it will feature unique book arts items, such as sewing frames, fish skin leather from Iceland, handmade paper, art books, artist books, prints, and more! 

Things have changed for all of us and we are endeavoring to find new and exciting ways to reach the community and to keep FBAC alive. With this in mind, we are reaching out to you not only to make you aware of our upcoming auction, but we’re asking if there is anything that you would consider donating to us for this auction? Our hope is to treat this as a community event, where people are finding treasures from their fellow book artists and learning about others in the community through their creations. As a reminder, since we are a non-profit, everything you donate will be tax deductible!

We thank you for your consideration and hope you will join us at the auction in late September.
Please share this with friends and groups who may want to take part to help make this a success! Do fill out the Google form below for the items that you are donating. We have attached a donation receipt for those items too.
Thanks in advance for your help! 
Johnny CarreraExecutive DirectorFrederick Book Arts Center


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 bsa@bibsocamer.org 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 new.scholars@bibsocamer.org.

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
e-mail: mconstantinou@grolierclub.org
website: www.grolierclub.org

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: http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions.

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 https://bit.ly/YaleCareers-61755BR.  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 Marylandmgk@umd.edu