This webinar – the first in a prospective series scheduled in conjunction with major book fairs – explores the necessarily close but complicated working relationship between special collections librarians and booksellers. Aiming to make the intersection of the two fields more transparent, and geared primarily to early career professionals in both librarianship and the trade, the BSA invites anonymous questions to be posed to a librarian and a bookseller as the basis of an informal and candid conversation between them, based on their own experiences.
In this session, taking place the week before the virtual Boston book fair, BSA members Charlotte Priddle, Director of Special Collections at NYU, and Heather O’Donnell, founder of Honey & Wax Booksellers, will respond to questions received in advance from audience members. The webinar will conclude with an opportunity for live questions (posed anonymously or not via Zoom webinar’s Q&A feature) and will be moderated by BSA Executive Director Erin Schreiner.
Submit your questions electronically using this Google form (no sign-in or Google account required) by October 27, 2020.
Heather O'Donnell runs Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, specializing in literary and cultural history. She received a BA from Columbia University and a PhD from Yale, and has worked as a rare book dealer since 2004. She is a co-founder of the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize, an annual award for an outstanding book collection built by a young woman in the United States, and a founding member of the ABAA Women’s Initiative. Heather serves on the ABAA Board of Governors and the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, and is featured in The Booksellers, the 2019 documentary on the New York book trade.
Charlotte Priddle is the Director of Special Collections at New York University. Prior to her current position, she was Librarian for Printed Books at the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU. She has an MLIS from Rutgers University, and an MA and BA from the University of Sussex in the UK. She co-taught the seminar “From Papyri to PDF: An Introduction to Book History Now” in the English department at NYU for five years, and currently serves on the Scholarships Committee of RBMS. Her published articles have appeared in various academic journals including College & Research Libraries, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage and Libraries: Culture, History & Society.