Chapter 346 2009 Colorado Antiquarian Book Market Seminar

Sorry I didn’t post this earlier. Thoughtful Husband and I attended a business dinner (related to his business) last night. While at the dinner, I discovered something else I enjoy about being an antiquarian bookseller. When asked, “So, what do you do?” by the likes of accountants, real estate agents, and insurance salesmen, my standard response is, “Well, I used to teach high school English, and then I quit that to stay home full time with our sons. Once they were old enough to start school, I became an antiquarian bookseller, working from our home.” It’s not my response that’s interesting; it’s theirs.

“You work from home? You must have a great schedule.”
“How do learn to become an antiquarian bookseller?”
“You get to track down, learn about and sell fine books and pieces of history? Beats looking at a balance sheet!”
“Where do you find your books?”
“What’s the return on investment?”
“I didn’t know there were any rare book dealers left in the Bay Area.”

I must admit I enjoyed being asked about what I do. Working from home as I do, I often feel like few people know (or care) about what antiquarian booksellers do (besides other antiquarian booksellers). It was nice to be asked about antiquarian books.

Just a couple of days ago, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Market Seminar announced its 2009 schedule. If there is one thing I had to say was the biggest help in my training as an antiquarian bookseller, it is the Colorado Seminar. I received a good overview of the many facets of the antiquarian book market and I met a whole network of booksellers. There are lots of scholarships available to help pay for attending. If you haven’t been, go and sign up now. I’d like to take it a second time. It’s that good.

Announcing the 31st Annual Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, August 2-7,
2009 at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Keynote Speaker: Mark Dimunation, Chief of Rare Books and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Specialty Dealer: Greg Gibson, Ten Pound Island Book Company, Gloucester, MA

New faculty this year includes Steven Smith, Associate Dean for Collections and Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, and Director and Founder of the Book History Workshop; and our bookbinder and conservator, Barry Spence,
Open Book, Shelburne Falls, MA

Other faculty include Mary Francis Ciletti (Hooked on Books, Colorado Springs, CO); Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers Rare Books, Gloucester City, NJ); Ed Glaser (Edwin V. Glaser Rare Books, Napa, CA); Mike Ginsberg (Michael Ginsberg Books, Inc., Sharon, MA), Kevin Royal Johnson and Molly Sacamano (Royal Books, Baltimore, MD); Rob Rulon-Miller (Rulon-Miller Books, Inc., St. Paul, MN).

Scholarships this year are available from the ABAA, AbeBooks, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, Bibliopolis, Foreseeing Solutions, Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), and the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association.

For more information please visit our website contact:

Kathy Lindeman, Registration Coordinator
1604 East Yampa Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
(719) 473-6634
kathyl@bookseminars.com

This year’s schedule:

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration – Kathy Lindeman

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introductions – Rob Rulon-Miller
7:40 p.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Dan DeSimone
7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker – Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare
Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reception

MONDAY 3 AUGUST

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Announcements / How to handle books – Dan DeSimone, Rob Rulon-Miller

8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bookselling 401 — Rob Rulon-Miller and Kevin Johnson

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. to noon. Reference Tools for the Book Trade – Dan DeSimone and Steven Smith

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Computers and Databases – Dan Gregory

3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Break

3: p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hands on exhibit of books: binding styles and materials, techniques of printing and illustration, etc. Barry Spence, Heidi Congalton, Dan DeSimone, Rob Rulon-Miller

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Seminar Picnic

TUESDAY 4 AUGUST

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Bibliographical Description, Part I – Steven Smith

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. to noon. How to Catalogue a Book – Rob Rulon-Miller and friends

Noon to 1: 15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Bibliographical Description, Part II – Steven Smith

2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants’ Workshop on Book Descriptions – Faculty

3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Conservation and Preservation – Barry Spence

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Leave for Hooked on Books (Maizeland Shopping Center): Operating a Book Store – Mary Francis Ciletti

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Rare Book Photography – Dan Gregory

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. to noon. Selling Books to Libraries – Dan DeSimone

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Evaluating and Pricing Books – Ed Glaser and friends

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Participants’ Workshop on Book Descriptions and Pricing – Faculty

4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Buying and Selling Books Using the Internet – Kevin Johnson

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Leave for Hooked on Books (Maizeland Shopping Center): Operating a Book Store – Mary Francis Ciletti

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Guest lecturer – Greg Gibson

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Auctions – Mike Ginsberg, Kevin Johnson

11:00 a.m. to noon. Auction Demonstration – Mike Ginsberg: auction of goods & services for the benefit of local libraries, including dinner for two with the faculty Thursday night, Casa Ciletti

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Marketing your book Business – Dan Gregory

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Assessing Archives and Collections – Dan DeSimone and Rob Rulon-Miller

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Problems in the Book Trade: Fakes, Forgeries, and Stolen Books

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner on your own
7:00 p.m. Faculty/Staff Dinner with auction winners

FRIDAY 7 AUGUST

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Miscellaneous matters / questions

8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Scouting — Mike Ginsberg

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Book Fairs-Tom Congalton

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. to noon. House Calls and Consignments – Kevin Johnson

Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bookkeeping for Booksellers – Molly Sacamano

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Evaluations / Questionnaire

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Round Table Discussion – Moderators, Tom Congalton &
Rob Rulon-Miller

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Farewell Dinner, Awarding of Certificates

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2 responses to “Chapter 346 2009 Colorado Antiquarian Book Market Seminar

  1. I so wanted to go last year … but then I got a job as an archivist, so couldn’t make it … perhaps in a few years, when I switch to work-from-home mode, I’ll be able to!

  2. I hope you can go, Marguerite. I felt I gained a lot from the experience of the booksellers on the faculty. I also met lots of new booksellers like me.

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