News, Webinars, and Opportunities for Mutual Aid – UPDATED

BSA News, Webinars, & Opportunities for Mutual Aid

  • BSA will offer free, forty-minute webinars throughout the spring season. Please find a complete list of online learning opportunities below, and spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Registration required, scroll down for details.
  • Webinar recordings will be posted to our YouTube channel. Created to meet a need of our time, we hope that these will be lasting resources for you, your colleagues, and students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

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

  • The call for proposals for programs scheduled for October – December 2020 remains open, with the original April 15 submission deadline. The Program Committee is proceeding with cautious optimism, and we remain firm in our commitment to sponsoring all events committed to for 2020.

Upcoming Webinars

April 14, 2pm EST: What is a Feminist Practice in Bibliography?
lead by Kate Ozment, details & registration forthcoming. Get started on the recommended (but not required) advanced reading list, here.

Pssst… there’s more in the works on English secretary hand, medieval manuscripts, and literary archives, and more. Check back here for details.

Recorded Webinars Available on YouTube

Click the event titles to be redirected to YouTube.

Using the Archaeology of Reading in the On-Line Classroom for Student Learning and Research, led by Earle Havens, Jaap Geararts, Matthew Symonds, and Neil Weijer

Ask the Archaeologists: Q&A on Using the Archaeology of Reading in the On-Line Classroom for Student Learning and Research, led by Earle Havens, Jaap Geararts, Matthew Symonds, and Neil Weijer

Learn to Find and Use IIIF Content in the Mirador Digital Collections Viewer, led by Benjamin Albritton

Mirador as a Personal Research Tool, led by Benjamin Albritton (Recording coming soon!)

Teaching with IIIF and Mirador, led by Benjamin Albritton