Archive for September, 2013

ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing 2013

By Ian G Evans, on 17 September 2013

The Council of ALPSP was delighted to make this award to Anthony Watkinson in recognition of his support for and commitment to the interests of the scholarly publishing industry over many years. During his varied and eminent career across the breadth of the industry, he has worked in research, as a scholarly librarian, and held senior roles with major publishing houses. He has also been involved in teaching as a visiting professor at the City University and UCL. He is currently principal consultant for CIBER Research, director of the Charleston Conference and Fiesole Collection, a consultant to the Publishers Association, a course director with STM and still finds time to teach at UCL and Oxford Brookes University.

Seminar on the History of Libraries, London, 2013-14

By Ian G Evans, on 17 September 2013

Seminar on the History of Libraries, London, 2013-14

A series of research seminars, which are freely open for anyone to attend, has been organized by the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. They are jointly sponsored by the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Historical Research, and the Library & Information History Group of CILIP.

Most seminars take place in Senate House, Malet St., London WC1E 7HU, but a number have been arranged elsewhere (see below).

Meetings will take place monthly during term-time on Tuesdays at 5.30 p.m., usually in the Senate Room on the first floor of Senate House.

Changes to room allocations will be displayed on the website of the Institute of English Studies where a more detailed programme can be found.


Seminar convenors: Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Dr. Keith A. Manley (National Trust); Professor Simon Eliot (Institute of English Studies); Professor Isabel Rivers (Queen Mary).

November 5 2013:  Ian Willison, C.B.E. (Institute of English Studies):

‘The Archival Research Library in the West: from the Alexandrian Library to the Present Day’.

To be held in the Senate Room of Senate House (first floor).

December 3 2013: John Goldfinch (British Library): ‘The Survival of the Old Royal Library Collections 1660-1760’.

To be held in the Board Room of the British Library, Euston Rd., St.

Pancras. Everyone attending is asked to meet at 5.20 at the British Library’s reception desk on the ground floor. As the Library needs to know numbers in advance, if you are intending to attend, please send a message to Jon Millington <mailto: john.millington@sas.sc.uk>

February 4 2014: Ed Potten (Cambridge University Library) on ordinary book owners and their libraries.

March 4 2014:  Professor Alan Nelson (University of California, Berkeley): ‘Tracing Books through 17th Century Libraries: the Case of Humphrey Dyson and Richard Smith’.

May 10 2014 (Saturday): Dr. Geoff Day (Fellows’ Librarian, Winchester College) will host a visit to the College Library and Archives at Winchester College.

June 3 2014: Dr Caroline Bowden (Queen Mary, University of London) on early modern convent libraries.


To be held in the Guard Room at Lambeth Palace. Intending visitors are asked to send an email in advance to Mary Comer <mailto:mary.comer@churchofengland.org>.

Late June 2014:  After the success of the last session’s Library Walk, led by Alice Ford-Smith, it is hoped that another walk will be organized.

A number of seminar podcasts will be found on the website of the Institute of Historical Research at <https://historyspot.org.uk/podcasts/history-libraries>,

including talks given during the last ssion by Alistair Black, Mark Purcell, Peter Hoare, and Geoffrey Little.

(with apologies for cross-posting).

35th Annual Conference on Book Trade History

By Ian G Evans, on 16 September 2013

24 November 2013 – 25 November 2013

35th Annual Conference on Book Trade History
Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD

Organised by Michael Harris, Giles Mandelbrote and Robin Myers in association with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and ABA Educational Trust

The movement of manuscript into print can be a difficult as well as a rewarding process. Authors and publishers often have different agendas, as well as status, and the negotiations around money and content can lead to an uneasy relationship. This year’s speakers will describe the trials and tribulations of authors and their relations with booksellers, as well as delving into the dark corners of some rogue publishers.

Please click here for full information: http://www.sharpweb.org/event/working-for-the-booksellers-authors-and-publishers-in-book-trade-history/

UCL MA in Publishing alums in The Bookseller ‘Rising Stars of 2013’

By Nick P Canty, on 9 September 2013



In its third annual ‘Rising Stars’ list The Bookseller magazine has included two former students of the UCL MA in Publishing programme, Bryony Woods and Ella Kahn.

Bryony and Ella were both on the course in 2009 and since leaving have worked for leading literary agencies Caroline Sheldon and Andrew Nurnberg Associates before starting their own agency Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency in 2012.  Based in London DKW provides editorial services to authors of fiction and non-fiction.

The Bookseller Rising Star process is “opt in”; people have to be nominated by a colleague or company, or be amenable to become a Rising Star, so inclusion on the list is a significant achievement.

Many congratulations to them and everyone on the list.  For the full list of Rising Stars, click here