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News, Webinars, and Opportunities for Mutual Aid – Updated as of 1 May

We update this page regularly to provide current information about our programs and activities. Please check back regularly for more information!

  • BSA is offering free webinars throughout the spring and summer seasons of 2020. With so much going on, we’ve moved information about webinars to its own page. Click here for all the information you need.
  • Volunteer to lead a webinar: In light of the ongoing crisis, we have redirected funds from 2020 Community Grants Program to compensate webinar leaders who have suffered financially as a result of the crisis with honoraria of up to $200. We recognize that many BSA members will face financial difficulties during this uncertain time, and hope that this small gesture demonstrates our goodwill and support for our community. We ask salaried individuals volunteer their time to reserve funding for those in need.
  • BSA is committed to improving the accessibility of our online content, and we need your help! Click here for more information about how you can help us make the bibliographical content on our YouTube channel more accessible to viewers with hearing impairments and speakers of other languages.
  • Dr. Megan L. Cook crowd-sourced list of digital repositories for teaching book history is now available on our website. We welcome your contributions! Please submit additions to with the name and URL of the resource, and short description of what it offers.

BSA Remote Help Program

Designed to facilitate remote discovery and access for primary and related secondary source material for the BSA community, we have created a program to connect BSA members with volunteer librarians and curators who can help. A huge “thank you” to our volunteers (in alphabetical order):

Ashley Cataldo, Curator of Manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society

Christopher Harter, Deputy Director of the Amistad Research Center

Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press

Elizabeth Ott, Frank Borden Hanes Curator of Rare Books at the Wilson Library, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Aaron T. Pratt, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Suzanne Karr Schmidt, George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, The Newberry Library

 Submit your bibliographical research query to one of our member-volunteers via Google Form.