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.

New Member-at-Large Appointed to IOBA Board

The IOBA Board has just concluded its inaugural meeting, and the first order of business was to fill the Member-at-Large (MAL) vacancy created by Jonathan Smalter’s resignation to accept the position of Vice-President. Rock Toews, of Back Creek Books, first runner-up for MAL in the recent elections, has accepted the appointment, and will serve until the conclusion of Jonathan’s original term, in January 2015.

Here is the complete roster of the IOBA Board of Directors for 2013:

Elected Members:

President — Chris Volk –
Vice President — Jonathan Smalter – Yesterday’s Muse Books
Treasurer — David Friedman – Barner Books
Secretary — Mark Lambert – Cereal City Books
Members at Large (3-year terms)

Ex-Officio Members:

Bylaws Committee Chair: Sandra L. Morris – Nan’s Book Shop

Ethics Committee Chair: Melanie James – Carolina Moon Books

Finance Committee Chair: Linda Strike – Optical Insights

Membership Committee Chair: Greg Gibson – Ten Pound Island Book Company

Membership Committee Co-Chair: Howard Prouty – ReadInk

Public Relations Committee Chair: Karin Isgur Bergsagel

Standard Committee Chair/Editor: Brian Cassidy – Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

IOBA Election Results 2013

From Elections Officer Howard Prouty (ReadInk):

The votes have been counted, and I am happy to present you with the roster of newly-elected IOBA Board members for 2013:

President — Chris Volk (
Vice President — Jonathan Smalter (Yesterday’s Muse Books)
Treasurer — David Friedman (Barner Books)
Secretary — Mark Lambert (Cereal City Books)
Members at Large (3-year terms) — Zhenya Dzhavgova (ZH Books) and Gabe Konrad (Bay Leaf Used and Rare Books)

IOBA Elections 2013

IOBA elects a new Board every January, voting for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as two Members at Large. Since the Members at Large serve 3-year terms, only 2 are voted into office each year.

Here is the schedule for this year:

Saturday, Jan. 19th

The Final Ballot was sent out to all members via Announce. If you did NOT receive a ballot, please email the Elections Officer, Howard Prouty:

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 9 p.m. (Pacific Time)
The polls close, at the stroke of 9.

Friday, Jan. 25th, 9 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Announcement of election results.

Friday, Feb. 1
Beginning of the terms of our newly-elected Officers and Members at Large.

IOBA’s New Members in 2012

Gregory Gibson, Membership Chair, and his Committee were happy to welcome the following new members to IOBA in 2012. They come from 20 US states, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, and Japan. Why not browse their website offerings and get to “know” a new member?


Diversity Books Archer, Anne Langwarrin Victoria, AU
Garry R Austin Austin, Garry R Wilmington VT, USA
Quaint Book Shop Baker, J Wesley Springfield OH, USA
Old Bag Lady Books Blom, Madlyn Sun City Center FL, USA
Prairie Creek Books & Tea Bond, Michael Torrington WY, USA
Chardonmedia Bryce, Charleen Boulder City NV, USA
Old Florida Book Shop Chrisant, William Hollywood FL, USA
Central Street Books Coleman, John Knoxville TN, USA
Paladin Fine Books Coorsh, Robert Toronto ON, Canada
ZH BOOKS Dzhavgova, Zhenya Fremont CA, USA
Old New York Book Shop Graubart, Cliff Atlanta GA, USA
Ariel Books Harcus, Deborah & Ron Auckland, NZ
Commandant’s Cottage Hoekstra, Sandra College Station TX, USA
The Book Lady Ltd Jansen, Janna Waiheke Island, NZ
Lux Mentis, Booksellers Kahn, Ian J. Portland ME, USA
First Place Books Kinley, Kevin Walkersville MD, USA
J. Lawton Booksellers Lawton, James Readville MA, USA
The M.A.D. House Artists Lillie, Candace & Dennis Eucha OK, USA
McInBooks McIntyre, Marvin Farmington NM, USA McKenna, John East Northport NY, USA
Attic Books and Treasures Metzer, Tina Mathias WV, USA
Robinson Street Books Moran, Rhett Binghamton NY, USA
Underground Books Niesse, Josh Carrollton GA, USA
Harvest Book Company LLC Okamoto, Eugene Fort Washington PA, USA
Bibliodditiques Piper, Michael Bradford ON, CA
Richard C. Ramer Ramer, Richard C. New York NY, USA
Good Books In The Woods Rohfritch, Jay Spring TX, USA
Paper Books Rovito, Jason Toronto ON, CA
H&R SALERNO Salerno, Henry Hauppauge NY, USA
First Class Used Books Sampson, Ronald L. Rockaway Beach MO, USA
Caliban Book Shop Schulman, John Pittsburgh PA, USA Smith, Mike Palm Harbor FL, USA
Jeff Stark Books Stark, Jeff Barstow CA, USA
Moonlighting Librarian Thornton, Mary Highland IN, USA
Revere Books Varane, Kenneth Valley Forge PA, USA
LJ’s Books Verderame, Laura Cody WY, USA
The Land of Nod Vincke, Christine Oostende, Belgium
Books Watanabe de Tokyo Watanabe, Naoshi Tokyo-to, Japan
Empire Books Wingfield, Mark Greensboro NC, USA


UPak – IOBA Member Discount

As small business people ourselves, most of us like to support other small businesses, especially when the price and service is right. IOBA member Serena Wykoff (Copperfish Books) recommends the quality, service, price, and selection at Upak and has negotiated an IOBA member discount. Details of the discount may be found here. Remember that Member Login has moved to the bottom of the home page, and that you now have a unique User ID and password.

IOBA 2012 Scholarship Winners

From IOBA President Joachim Koch:

There’s many different reasons for being a member of the IOBA.  One of them is the opportunity to share knowledge and to learn from others.  As one way of fostering a learning environment for our member booksellers, the IOBA has been offering scholarships for some of the best institutions in the trade.

On behalf of the IOBA Scholarship Committee, chaired this year by Vice-President Howard Prouty, I am honored to announce this year’s recipients of an IOBA scholarship:

Gabe Konrad
Bay Leaf Used & Rare Books
9 E. Lake
PO Box 105
Sand Lake, MI 49343
Telephone: 616-636-8500

Gayle Williamson
Champ & Mabel Collectibles
PO Box 741
San Pedro, CA 90733-0741
Telephone: 310-833-8629

Both winners have chosen to use the $1,500 scholarship to attend this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.  The only regret that the Committee had was that they could not make an award to each of this year’s field of applicants.

Congratulations to Gayle and Gabe. We wish both of you a great time in Colorado!

IOBA and Chrislands Partner to Offer New Benefit

IOBA is pleased to announce a new benefit partnership with Chrislands, a provider of ecommerce websites for independent booksellers.

IOBA members wii receive $50 off the bookstore set-up fee – a savings of 25%. To qualify for this discount, a bookseller will need to

  1. Be an IOBA member
  2. Sign up for a Chrislands built bookstore,
  3. Enter “IOBA” as “How they heard” about Chrislands.

IOBA is grateful to Jaymes Sorbel, President of Chrislands, for helping our booksellers to achieve greater independence.

For more information, please visit

Chrislands is owned by AbeBooks, and AbeBooks, in turn, is owned by

Welcome to the NEW!

If you are reading this, you know that, after a long period of anticipation and preparation, the new and improved website is now live.

As functional as it is attractive, the new site as developed by Mika Babcock and his team at Foreseeing Solutions has several exciting new features. Some are visible, and some are behind the curtain. Let us introduce you:

Member Profiles

Each bookseller now has the ability – and the responsibility – to edit their own profile, including one image that can be a logo or photo, a tagline, specialties, member-to-member discount rate and terms, and a few other informative fields. The member directory, viewable by the public, includes a link to a member profile for each bookseller that reflects those inputs. The member-to-member discount page, viewable by members, reflects the member-to-member discount as entered by each bookseller. This is all driven by a custom database; updates made by each bookseller are effective immediately. Search

Every page of the new website now includes a search box linked to IOBA Books; at the top on the home page, at the bottom elsewhere. When editing their member profile, participating booksellers can enter their IOBAbooks dealer ID. Once that bit (or byte) of data is provided the IOBAbooks search box will be shown on the publicly viewable member profile, and searches that specific bookseller’s listings on IOBAbooks.


Within the next day or two, each member will receive an email generated by the site with a username and temporary password. (Please note that the old global username/password will not work here, wait for the email from Initial log-in will prompt for a user-defined password and security question/answer. Once completed, the new Member Area consists of member profile options front and center, with member-only page links to the right. Members are urged to edit their “bookseller profile,” this is the profile data that in turn populates the member profile including the member-specific IOBA search and the discount page. The username is assigned by the site; you may also want to change this to something easily remembered. In the eventual case that you forget your username or password, the log-in page now includes links to reset, leading again to an “initial” log-in.


We would like to thank first the members of IOBA for their patience and understanding while waiting for this new site to become available. Thanks also go to Rayburn Taylor, former IOBA member and web developer, who developed and supported the original site for many years. To Mark Gaulding, the previous Internet Committee Chair, who developed a clear and comprehensive set of goals for a new site. Finally, thanks to Mika Babcock of Foreseeing Solutions for developing the new site while the volunteer staff at IOBA shifted roles and slowly responded to development issues that needed resolution. It must be a challenge to be a full-time professional developer serving a many-headed volunteer organization.

Problems / Questions / Suggestions

Please send email regarding any problems, suggestions, inconsistencies found, etc. to webmaster at

Robert Stenzel
IOBA Internet Committee Chair and Member at Large