Annual IOBA Scholarship Contest

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is offering three scholarships this year. IOBA awards these scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers, without regard to their level of accomplishment or the length of their time in the book trade. We believe that every well-educated, well-informed, and ethical bookseller is a credit to the trade and to our organization, and we consider these scholarships to be our investment in the future of bookselling. Continue reading

New IOBA Members: First Half 2014

IOBA is happy to admit the following to membership. They represent four countries on three continents:

RareNonFiction.com
Bygone Books
Lighthouse Books, ABAA
Nelson Rare Books
Hejnal Books
Tannery Books
Swan’s Fine Books
Blue Jacket Books
Garrett Scott Bookseller
MP Imprint
Agnes Books
Fine Editions Ltd.
Medium Rare Books
J&J Lubrano Music Antiquarians
Marc Sena Carrel
Anderson’s Books and Prints
Karol Krysik Books

The Annual IOBA Scholarships

Christine Volk, Chair of the Independent Online Booksellers Association Scholarship Committee, has announced three IOBA scholarship winners: two will be attending the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) in August – Adam Schachter of Langdon Manor Books in Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth Saunders of Tannery Books, in Archdale, North Carolina. The final scholarship was awarded to James South, of Treasure and Relish, Harrogate, North Yorkshire to attend the inaugural Yorkshire Antiquarian Booksellers Seminar (YABS) in England this fall.

“I’m excited to receive the scholarship,” says Adam Schachter, “I’ve spent the last two and half years reaching out to anybody who would help me learn the trade as I tried to determine if I could make a living at it full time. All of my study has been self directed. Now that I am on the cusp of leaving the practice of law, I am very hopeful that CABS will give me that final push to where my joy of the business and knowledge and contacts made at CABS will equal a full time living as a bookseller.”

“After three years in the book business,” says Beth Saunders, who will also be attending the Colorado school, “I was looking for ways to make Tannery Books more successful and professional. Attending CABS this year is perfect timing. We get to learn from experts from all around the country. I’ll be surrounded by ‘book people’ — I can’t wait!”

James South established his online business, Treasure & Relish, in the spring of 2011, “building a business selling the things that have always interested me – art, books and decor.”  “For the last year or so,” James continues, “I have concentrated my efforts into acquiring, presenting and selling books, though working alone, buying stock, making decisions, etc., can be daunting when you’re relatively new to the bookselling world. Being awarded the IOBA scholarship to attend the York Antiquarian Book Seminar in September presents a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from some of the leading book dealers and specialists through their lectures, discussions & demonstrations. I am delighted to have received this generous scholarship, and excited to find out where it will take me next.”

Both CABS and YABS are intensive bookselling programs designed not only to make better educated booksellers, but to grow the next generation of leaders in the field.

Annual IOBA Scholarship Contest

The Independent Online Booksellers Association is offering three scholarships this year.  IOBA awards these scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers, without regard to their level of accomplishment or the length of their time in the book trade.  We believe that every well-educated, well-informed, and ethical bookseller is a credit to the trade and to our organization, and we consider these scholarships to be our investment in the future of bookselling.

These scholarships are available to any current IOBA member in good standing, excluding members of the Scholarship Committee and current Officers.

One scholarship is restricted to the 2014 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, to be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA from August 3-8, 2014 . A second scholarship is restricted to the York Antiquarian Book Seminar,  to be held in York, England from September 15-17, 2014. The third scholarship may be used for either of these, or for any one of these other opportunities:

Rare Book School

California Rare Book School

London Rare Books School

(In order to allow time for the LRBS, RBS and CALRBS admissions process, a scholarship awarded to one of these schools is valid until December 31, 2015.)

Each IOBA Scholarship covers tuition, plus up to $400 (£180 for YABS) for expenses.  Non-North American winners who elect to attend CABS will receive an additional $500 travel stipend.

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Application Procedure:
Please answer all questions, and provide the requested additional information.

1) What is your business name?

2) How long have you been selling books?

3) How long have you been a member of IOBA?

4) Which program do you want to attend? Please let us know if you only wish to be considered for the open scholarship.

* Please provide correct working URLs to your website and/or to other websites where you are currently selling books. Do you have an open shop, exhibit at book fairs, or sell at other venues? If so, please provide details.

* Write an essay of up to two pages about why you wish to attend and how this might aid your professional development.  Due to the nature of IOBA, relatively few of us have met one another in person, so think of this as your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Committee. Who are you? Why are you a bookseller? Are you involved in volunteer work in the community or the trade? What are your accomplishments? Your shortcomings? Your hopes and dreams? Why should we invest in you?

* A letter of recommendation is required; this can be written by any bookseller, except those who are either IOBA officers or members of the Scholarship Committee.  (The recommending seller need not be an IOBA member.)

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All entries must be received via email no later than June 1, 2014.  Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: scholarshipcontest@ioba.org (Please include “IOBA scholarship application” in the subject headers of all emails.)

The winner or winners will be chosen by the IOBA Scholarship Committee, and will be notified by telephone and by email no later than June 15, 2014.

Best of luck to all!

IOBA 2013 Scholarship Winners

From Jonathan Smalter (Yesterday’s Muse), Vice President, IOBA:

The Scholarship Committee, and I as its current chair, had an opportunity to review a number of worthy applications this year, and today we have two very deserving winners to announce. Before getting to that, though, just a few words about the scholarships.

As those who have been keeping up with announcements on the IOBA lists know, our organization offers two scholarships each year: one for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, held in Colorado Springs in August each year; the other an open scholarship which can be used for a number of educational opportunities (e.g., RBS). These scholarships are an important aspect of IOBA’s overall mission to strengthen the book trade, and a valuable resource for members to take the next step in developing their skills as booksellers. They allow members to continue their education, and establish lasting relationships with other members of the trade, without being faced with the financial burden of doing so. I believe this is one of the most important things IOBA offers as an organization, because it allows members to do things that simply would not be possible for them otherwise.

I am proud to have served as chair for the committee this year. I would like to thank the committee members for taking time out of their schedules to carefully review and discuss each application, and cast their votes, within a limited timeframe. I would also like to congratulate our membership for encouraging fellow members to apply. The level of interest we saw in scholarships this year was excellent, and I hope this will continue.

And now, the winners:

Receiving the scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar:

Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector

As his business name indicates, Marc specializes in material relating to Winston S. Churchill. He has been in business for over five years, and has an impressive catalog of material within his area of specialty.

Receiving the open scholarship:

Andrea Tomberg of Tomberg Rare Books

Andrea is a 2011 graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, and has been selling books for two years. She plans to use the open scholarship to attend Rare Book School’s course Developing Collections: Donors, Librarians & Booksellers. She specializes in counterculture material.

Congratulations to both our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated.