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Announcing BSA Events for Fall 2019

The BSA is proud to sponsor or co-sponsor the following events this fall. Links provide additional program details, and the opportunity to register! All events are open to the public unless noted otherwise.

None of this work would be possible without the hard work of members of the Program Committee. Please remember to recognize and thank Chair Sonja Drimmer and the rest of the committee for their hard work! Please also remember to support the BSA’s Annual Fund, which helps us to support bibliographical events like these.


Feminist Bibliography Workshop led by BSA Member Sarah Werner
Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC.

The study of how books were made and how we interpret the signs of their making has been shaped predominantly by men. And while scholars and librarians are increasingly interested in women in the book trades, we still need to consider what a feminist praxis of studying the making of books could be. This three-hour workshop will draw on the Folger’s collections in order to collectively consider how feminist theory can shape the questions we ask of material texts and the pedagogies we use to introduce them.


Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts led by BSA Member Margaret Squires
Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx.

The arts of the book in the Islamic world encompass nearly 1,400 years of rich and varied production, from the earliest Qur’anic codices of the seventh century to the albums of calligraphy, painting, and drawing assembled by connoisseurs in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. This workshop will introduce religious manuscripts, literary manuscripts, and albums from the Islamic world through examples selected from the outstanding permanent and long-term loan collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Participants will learn to associate certain styles, materials, and formats with each genre, and will also gain insight about the collection and display of Islamic manuscripts in museums.


Toward Inclusive Bibliography, Los Angeles
Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library (Mark Taper Auditorium)

With over 220 languages spoken and vibrant populations from around the world, Los Angeles County is one of the most diverse regions of the United State. Despite this diversity, there has been little crossover between the region’s distinctive collections of rare bibliographical materials and the communities that surround them. This panel is intended to begin a new dialogue between bibliography as a field for enriching our appreciation of rare materials and Library Special collections. Keynote speaker Marina Garone Gravier’s talk will be presented in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English.

Following the lecture, a panel dedicated to describing community collections will feature two talks. The first, by Richard Soto, founder of the Chicano Research Center in Stockton California, will describe the center and the importance of making Chicano writings accessible to the community at large. He will be joined by Lizeth Ramirez, Librarian/Archivist for Los Angeles Communities and Cultures | Bibliotecaria/Archivista para Comunidades y Culturas de Los Ángeles. 

Devin Fitzgerald, BSA member and Curator of Rare Books and the History of Printing, organized the event and will moderate a Q&A.

The entire event will be recorded and posted on the BSA’s YouTube channel for anyone who cannot attend in person.


Descriptive Bibliography Workshop and Reception, the Black Bibliography Conference
November 15, 2019, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, CT

The BSA, Rare Book School, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library will co-sponsor a reception for those attending the Black Bibliography Project’s two-day conference at Yale. The BBP is a unique initiative that is using linked data to create a bibliography of texts by African American writers. The BBP is being sponsored by the Beinecke and was awarded a planning grant by the Mellon Foundation in December 2018. BSA Executive Director Erin Schreiner and BSA member Jesse Erickson will offer a post-conference workshop on Descriptive Bibliography.

This event is not open to the public, but if you would like to host a similar workshop at your institution or organization (public or private), please contact BSA Program Committee Chair Sonja Drimmer or submit a proposal to the Program Committee.