Virtual Events

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.

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 to volunteer their time to reserve funding for those in need.

Upcoming Webinars

July 20, 3pm EST: The Binding of Six Months in a Convent: Mr. Bradley’s Profitable Stroke (Click to register) led by Todd Pattison, the Conservator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, a Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), and teacher of the American Publishers’ Bindings, 1800-1900 course at Rare Book School.

July 31, 3pm EST: (H)EX-LIBRIS: Tracing Occult Identities (Click to register) led by Kim Schwenk (MLIS), rare book cataloger at UC San Diego, Special Collections & Archives Library and antiquarian bookseller with Lux Mentis, Booksellers.

Pssst… there’s more in the works on occult books, the bibliographical analysis of European handpress printed books, and the screenplay as book-object. Check back here for details.


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

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.