The 2019 Annual Meeting: Awards & the Council Class of 2022

The BSA Annual Meeting took place on January 25, 2019 at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City.

New Scholars Program
Papers were read at 2 o’clock by three New Scholars – Lucas Dietrich, Megan Piorko, and Lindsay Van Tine – and an excellent discussion followed.

Council Members Elected
During a brief business meeting led by President Barbara A. Shailor, the membership voted to elect the full slate of nominees to the Council Class of 2022. Caroline Duroselle-Melish (Folger Shakespeare Library), Alice Schreyer (Newberry Library), and Ken Soehner (The Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art) were all elected to serve their first term on Council. Finance Committee Chair Jackie Vossler (Caxton Club, Chicago) was re-elected to a second term.

Fellowships and Prizes Awarded
The Justin G. Schiller Prize was awarded by Schiller Prize Committee Chair Andrea Immel to Maroussia Oakley for her book The Book and Periodical Illustrations of Arthur Hughes: A Spark of Genius 1832-1914. (Oak Knoll Press & Private Libraries Association, 2016.) Mrs. Oakley traveled from England to receive the award in person.

Having received more than sixty-five applications to the BSA Fellowship program, the committee awarded seven Short Term Fellowships supporting bibliographical scholars and study around the world. The committee also awarded the Panzer, Reese, Mercantile Library, and Tannenbaum Fellowships for British, American, and cartographical bibliography, respectively; the Pine Tree Fellowships for Culinary and Hispanic Bibliography. A complete list of winners and descriptions of their projects can be found here.

“Collections, Faculty, Librarians, Disciplines: Teaching Bibliography”
A panel featuring short talks by E.C. Schroeder (Beinecke Library, Yale University), Sonja Drimmer (U. Massachusetts, Amherst), Alex Hidalgo (Texas Christian University), and Michael Suarez, S.J. (Rare Book School)  concluded the Annual Meeting. President Barbara A. Shailor, whose interest in and devotion to teaching motivated the discussion on this topic, was moderator. Panelists shared their cross-disciplinary and collaborative approaches to teaching and building collections, and provided an overview of the small institutions teaching bibliography and printing history. A lively discussion followed, with concluding remarks offered by Terry Belanger, who acknowledged the foundational contributions of G. Thomas Tanselle to bibliographical teaching and scholarship.