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About BSA Events

In accordance with our identity as an international, interdisciplinary scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, the Bibliographical Society of America pursues its mission by hosting public programs and collaborating with related organizations to do so.

The BSA aims to sponsor a calendar of varied programs each year, which can include but are not limited to:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • conference sessions,
  • and receptions following events which are bibliographical in nature.

BSA programs take place both in-person and online. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Society has canceled in-person events and only planning virtual events. This page will be updated when it is safe to host in-person events once again.

In all BSA events, the material text – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact, broadly conceived – as historical evidence, and/or the theory and practice of descriptive, historical, and/or critical bibliography, should be a central concern to participants and organizers.

The Annual Meeting & New Scholars Program

The Society also hosts an Annual Meeting each year which features a brief business meeting followed by a keynote lecture. The New Scholars Program, featuring brief talks by three emerging bibliographers, precedes the Annual Meeting each year. Typically this event is held during Bibliography Week at the end of January in New York City, however in 2021 the Annual Meeting and New Scholar Program will both be held online. A complete list of speakers at past Annual Meetings and New Scholars programs is available on our website, here.

Attend an Event

Most BSA events are offered for free and are open to the public with registration required. Please see the Upcoming Events page on our website for a full listing and links to register.

We regularly announce upcoming events in our electronic newsletter. Don’t receive it yet? Subscribe here.

Code of Conduct

Creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community of bibliographical researchers that encourages participation by all those interested in bibliographical studies is a fundamental value of the BSA.  We expect members to treat others with respect and trust and to conduct research with integrity – for example, citing sources and recognizing the contributions of others.

As a learned society, the BSA expects appropriate professional conduct of its members and participants when they convene at Annual Meetings and events sponsored or co-sponsored throughout the year and as they exchange scholarly research in BSA publications.

This code aims to establish standards of behavior that protect all participants from abuse of any kind.  Participants, who include, but are not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, BSA staff, service providers, and others are required to abide by this BSA Events Code of Conduct. Please review the Code of Conduct before registering for and attending any of our events.

Propose an Event

The Events Committee calls for proposals three times each year to invite collaborations between the Committee, BSA members, and a broader bibliographical public. See the “Propose an Event” page on our website more information about submitting a proposal for sponsorship.