RSVP TODAY! Join us on Wednesday, April 18th for….

The WRBG Shop-Talk Series:  “Do you want Flies with that…?”

Due to space constraints this event is limited to the first 30 RSVPs. To reserve a spot, please send an email to William E. Baxter at by April 16th with your name and the names of any guests you are bringing, and just bring your check for lunch to the event. Read below for additional instructions.
All of us who work with rare books and other special collections materials have horror stories about food and other contaminants in collections and pests in collections spaces.  It goes without saying that this is a problem for just about everyone.

Today’s panel will address pest control issues in rare and special collections spaces.

William E. Baxter, Moderator, is the Collections Manager for the Smithsonian Libraries and also the Head of the SIL History and Culture Department.  Bill has a fifty-year career in rare books and special collections and has a number of examples of this problem to share.

Allison Dineen is an entomologist currently with Smithsonian Gardens who previously worked onsite as a pest control contractor with The Steritech Group.  Allison will talk about pest activity that has been encountered in SIL libraries primarily related to environmental conditions.

Monika Schiavo, who has a long career in the auction business (Waverly Books/Quinn’s Auction and Potomac Auctions) will address the issue of how pests present in private collections and how it may affect value, etc.

Vanessa Haight Smith, Head of SIL’s Preservation Services Department and a book conservator, will speak about issues she has encountered within library collections and offer suggestions for handling your collections to protect them from pest infiltration.
Time will be allowed for questions and discussion following the presentations.

A boxed lunch, offering a choice of sandwiches, will be served in the meeting room for a charge of $13.00 per person.  A selection of a) turkey and Swiss b) two tomato caprese and c) black angus roast beef and cheddar sandwich boxes will be available, served with potato chips and a cookie or fruit. Water and Coke will also be available.

Because of space considerations, this event is limited to 30 attendees.

To reserve a spot, please send an email to William E. Baxter at by April 16th with your name and the names of any guests you are bringing, and just bring your check for lunch to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there! We are excited about the upcoming year of events.

William E. Baxter,
President, Washington Rare Book Group

Wednesday, April 18th at 10:50 AM
The National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC
Parking near the Museum is extremely limited.  We advise taking Metro and using the Federal Triangle stop on the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines or the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow and Green lines.We will gather inside the National Museum of Natural History at the Constitution Avenue Lobby (note: NOT the Mall entrance) to go through security and distribute visitor badges and make our way to the Library together.  Please be on time as we must start on time and cannot come out to pick up late-comers.
Is it time to renew your membership dues for 2018?

We hope you will renew (or join): The membership year runs from January through December, and dues are $30 — student dues are offered for $15. We look forward to an engaging season and hope you will renew your membership!
Below is a link to the membership form, to be mailed with your dues check to:
Jackie Coleburn, Treasurer
Washington Rare Book Group
PO Box 1387
Washington, DC 20013

Please remember to include any collecting interests that you may have. If you know anybody who would be interested in joining our group, please pass this along!

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