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BSA Virtual Events: Free & open to all

BSA is offering free webinars through February of 2021, open to all who wish to attend. Most webinars are recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel. Upcoming and past webinars are all listed below.

All of the events listed below will be live captioned in English by a professional from ACS Captions, with accompanying machine-generated translations of live-generated captions into Spanish, German, French, and more.

Upcoming Webinars: Fall/Winter 2020-21

Following up on our successful spring and summer program of virtual events, the Society is delighted to announce a robust calendar of virtual activities for fall and winter 2020. Join us to learn from our community of booksellers, librarians, and scholars about a wide range of topics from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to screenplays to artist books. 

We are especially excited to present a series of three sessions featuring the Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective, all marked with an asterisk in the list below. Book artist Tia Blassingame founded the Collective to build community and collaborations with BIPOC book/print practitioners and scholars. The collective represents a growing community of more than twenty book artists, scholars, librarians, papermakers, letterpress printers, printmakers, and curators. All are passionate about book history, print culture, and the endless potential of artists’ books as vehicles of social change and cultural conveyors that uplift our communities, and tell our stories, histories. Please join us for a stimulating series of conversations by book artists and scholars that will pay special attention to the role of the book arts and textual materiality as important aspects of thinking critically about race in the present moment. The BSA is grateful to David Solo for generously sponsoring this series with a gift – thank you, David!

All of these sessions will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube channel. All of BSA virtual events are free and open to the public, though registration is required. Click through in the links below for full descriptions and presenter bios.

October 1 (3pm EDT) – Watch now on YouTube!
The Screenplay as Material Text with Kevin Johnson and Erin Schreiner

*October 23 (4pm EDT)
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective with Tia Blassingame, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Kinohi Nishikawa, and Curtis Small (Fully Registered, email to join the waitlist)

November 5 (8pm EDT)
Candid Conversations: Booksellers & Librarians with Heather O’Donnell and Charlotte Priddle (Fully Registered, email to join the waitlist)

November 11 (2pm EDT)
The Book in Movement: Experimentation & Craft in Autonomous Publishing Networks in Latin America with Magalí Rabasa 

*November 20 (12:30pm EDT)
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective with Irene Chan, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, and Radha Pandey

December 3 (4pm EDT)  – Co-sponsored by Cornell University Libraries
Building Better Book Feminisms with Tamar Evangelista-Dougherty, Leslie Howsam, Brenda Marston, Kate Ozment, and Sarah Werner

December 9 (5pm EDT)
Early European Materials in Modern American Archives: The Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society with Agnieszka Rec

*January 22, 2021 (12:30pm EDT) – Registration opening soon
Book/Print Artists/Scholars of Color Collective: Closing Roundtable with Tia Blassingame, Irene Chan, Ashley Hairston Doughty, Devin Fitzgerald, Colette Fu, Kinohi Nishikawa, Radha Pandey, and Curtis Small

January 25-29, 2020: Bibliography Week!

Mark your calendars! We will be announcing a full line-up of virtual events – including a virtual New Scholars program and Annual Meeting – later this fall. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information or check the Annual Meeting page on our website for up-to-date info.

Contact us to lead a webinar

We welcome proposals for webinars led by members of the BSA community. Please send a description of the event you would like to lead to Program Committee Chair Sonja Drimmer, at In your email, please be sure to describe your experience in research, collecting, or teaching in the subject area covered by your proposed webinar.

The BSA has a modest budget to compensate webinar leaders with $200 per person, per session. As we do have a limited budget for this initiative, we encourage those who are securely employed to volunteer their time, if that feels right, to help us to reserve funds for those facing COVID related financial challenges. We pay everyone unless they specifically state that they wish to volunteer.


NB: Call for Proposals to the Program Committee – Virtual Only for Oct. 23 deadline

The call for proposals for programs scheduled for January – April 2021 is now open, with the usual October 23 submission deadline.

As the safety of in-person events remains uncertain, we can only accept proposals for virtual events. In addition to funding (e.g., honoraria to speakers), the Society can provide some administrative support and virtual webinar hosting via Zoom. Please contact Program Committee Chair Sonja Drimmer with any questions.


Recorded Webinars Available on YouTube

Click here to peruse the playlist of recorded webinars on the BSA’s YouTube Channel.

Per the below, we are working to add accurate English subtitles for all of the video recordings on our channel, as well as subtitles translated into other languages.

Improving Webinar Accessibility with Community Subtitling

As of September 28, 2020, YouTube has discontinued its Community Captioning program. We are very sad to see this as volunteers have captioned and translated several YouTube videos on our channel using this tool. The information below is now out of date; check here for more information about how BSA will be captioning and translating webinars going forward. (2 October 2020)

The BSA records many in-person and virtual events to offer free, virtual programming to our membership and a broader public. These videos are accessible through the BSA’s YouTube channel.

The BSA is committed to improving access to these recordings. As of Spring 2020, we are working to provide edited English and other language subtitles, with a particular focus on Spanish to reach audiences throughout the Americas. Each video’s description indicates the availability of (or need for) specific language subtitling.

We need English speakers to edit automated transcriptions, and speakers of other languages to translate them in YouTube. We are pleased to offer free one year memberships to all who submit complete translations of edited English transcripts of individual videos. In other words, one completed transcript or translation = one year’s free membership. If you are already a member in 2020, we will auto-renew your membership through December 2021. Only one free membership per individual; however, if you complete a second translation we will be happy to offer a free membership to another person as a gift from you.

La BSA hace registros de algunos eventos en presenciales y virtuales para ofrecer programación bibliográfica gratuita a nuestra membresía y al público más amplio; los videos se pueden consultar en el canal de YouTube de BSA. La BSA se propone mejorar el acceso a las grabaciones de eventos virtuales y presenciales publicados en ese canal de YouTube. Desde la primavera de 2020, estamos trabajando para incluir subtítulos en varios idiomas, entre ellos español, de forma tal que se fortalezca la comunicación con públicos hispanohablantes. Debido al limitado equipo de trabajo y presupuesto de la BSA (una empleada y un pequeño presupuesto anual), buscamos voluntarixs para colaborar con este importante proyecto.

Nos complace ofrecer membresías gratuitas por un año a quienes contribuyan con traducciones completas de vídeos individuales, en español u otros idiomas a partir de las transcripciones en inglés. Es decir, una transcripción y traducción completa equivaldrá a la membresía gratuita por un año. Aquellos que ya sean miembrxs en 2020, tendrán como compensación por esta colaboración, la renovación automática de su membresía hasta diciembre de 2021. Se dará solo una membresía gratuita por persona; sin embargo, aquellos que produzcan dos traducciones o más, tendrán derecho a regalar una membresía gratuita a otra persona.

We created a guide to editing English subtitles and to adding foreign language translations that you can view on our website, here
La guía también está disponible en español, aquí.