IOBA Scholarships Offered

The IOBA Scholarship Committee is in the process of receiving and evaluating applications.IOBA offers up to three scholarships each year so members can continue their education and professional development. Scholarships are awarded without regard to current level of accomplishment, financial need, full- or part-time bookseller status, or length of time in the book trade. IOBA is committed to the belief 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. Prospective members who are currently participating in the mentorship program are also eligible to apply, if approved by their mentor.

The New Collector’s Scholarship has been announced and we are now receiving applications.

The Independent Online Booksellers Association would like to contribute to the continuing education of book collectors. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will offer to a book collector, for the first time ever, a scholarship in the amount of $750 to be used at one of the several book seminars offered in the U.S. or the U.K.. You are not required to be a bookseller or a member of any organization to apply.

Many of our members have been to the seminars listed below, and always find book collectors present among the booksellers and librarians. If you have ever thought of attending we hope to make it a bit easier for you.

IOBA awards scholarships to support the professional development of its member booksellers. We consider the scholarships to be an investment in the future of bookselling, and we would like to include you too!

New IOBA Members: First Quarter 2016

IOBA is happy to admit and welcome the following recent applicants to full membership:

Alan Angele, Alan Angele Popular Culture
Nyack, New York USA

Colleen Croft, Back Lane Books
North Vancouver CANADA

Barnaby Fell, Black Sheep Book
Salt Spring Island CANADA

Lindsay Christison, Christison Rare Books
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape SOUTH AFRICA

Stefan Baer, Complete Traveller Antiquarian Bookstore
Westport, Connecticut USA

Geoff Cox, Cox & Budge Books

David Spilman, David Spilman Fine Books
Sebastopol, California USA

Donald Heald, Donald Heald Rare Books
New York, New York USA

Kathlyn Stewart, Gargoyle Books
La Mesa, California USA

Owen Kubik, Kubik Fine Books Ltd.
Dayton, Ohio USA

Jeffrey Weiss, Posthoc Books
Grafton, New Hampshire USA

Barbara Chalk, Rare & Antique Books

Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop
New York, New York USA

Karen Wright, The Wright Book
Grass Valley, California USA


New IOBA Members: Fourth Quarter 2015

IOBA is happy to admit and welcome the following recent applicants to full membership:

Charles Schmieg, Black Paw Books
Norwell, Massachusetts  USA

William Kemps, Bookcharmed Books
Roselle Park, New Jersey  USA

Malcolm Curtis, Books and Bobs
Birchgrove, Swansea  UNITED KINGDOM

Kathy Norgress, Books Plus Old Things
Denham Springs, Louisiana  USA

Peter Dast, Bookworks
Beloit, Wisconsin  USA

Kenneth Gloss, Brattle Book Shop
Boston, Massachusetts  USA

Johannes van der Genugten, Bunyip Books
Bloomington, Indiana  USA

Peter Margenat, The Calico Cat Bookshop
Ventura, California  USA

Billy Morrison, Dark Hollow Books
Ossipee, New Hampshire  USA

Darren Winston; Darren Winston, Bookseller
Sharon, Connecticut  USA

Derek Lunn, Dereks Transport Books

Mary Norman; Elk Creek Heritage Books, LLC
Toms River, New Jersey  USA

Gene Baade, Gene W. Baade Books on the West
Renton, Washington  USA

Kevin Longster, Hawkmoor Books Ltd
Olivers Battery, Winchester  UNITED KINGDOM

John Hinchliffe, Hinchbooks

Liam McGahern, J. Patrick McGahern Books, Inc.
Ottawa  CANADA

David F. Fanning, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers
Gahanna, Ohio  USA

John Leger, Le Bookiniste
Hopewell, New Jersey  USA

Charles Spataro, Nothing Like a Good Book
Upton, New York  USA

Ian Powell, powellbooks

Ron Ramswick, Ron Ramswick Books
Carlsbad, California  USA

Michael O’Malley, Save The Last Book For Me
Harborne, Birmingham  UNITED KINGDOM

Gillian Hardy, The Stray Dog Booksellers
Balnarring  AUSTRALIA

Thomas Kiser, Vivarium Books
St. Paul, Minnesota  USA

Christopher Ridler,

New IOBA Members: Third Quarter 2015

IOBA is happy to admit and welcome the following recent applicants to full membership:


Paul Barker, Granada Bookstore
Woodlawn, Illinois  USA

Mark Benjamin, Bennor Books
Hexham, Northumberland  UNITED KINGDOM

Richard Bishop, Richard Bishop Bookseller
Portland, Oregon  USA

Martin Bott; Martin Bott (Bookdealers) Ltd.
Felixstowe, Suffolk  UNITED KINGDOM

Rodney Cooling, Serendipitous Ink

Rick & Colleen Destree, PurJoy Bookshop
Arvada, Colorado  USA

Thorne Donnelley, Liberty Book Store
West Palm Beach, Florida  USA

David Kruidenier; D. Anthem, Bookseller
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  USA

Lee and Bob Linn, The Ridge Books
Calhoun, Georgia  USA

Lee Madden; Lee Madden, Book Dealer
Brattleboro, Vermont  USA

Eric Manning, E. Manning Books
Beenleigh  AUSTRALIA

William Matthews; William Matthews, Bookseller
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia  CANADA

George McLauchlan, Hanselled Books
Burntisland, Fife  UNITED KINGDOM

Colin Neville, Woodbine Books
Keighley, West Yorkshire  UNITED KINGDOM

Lawrence Pruner, Valley Books
Amherst, Massachusetts  USA

Elena Serru, Sephora di Elena Serru (Sephora Libri)
Foligno  ITALY

Andrew Szaflarski-Saidi, White Eagle Books

Isabel Sloane, Windrush Books
Gloucester, Massachusetts  USA

John Taylor, John Taylor Books
Bridport, Dorset  UNITED KINGDOM

David Tobin, Walden Books

Linda and Micky West, mclin haven books
Elton, Wisconsin  USA

Robert Whiteley, The Poet’s Pulpit
Oakville, Ontario  CANADA

George F. Wilkinson, G. F. Wilkinson Books
San Francisco, California  USA

New IOBA Members: May and June of 2015

IOBA is happy to admit and welcome the following recent applicants to full membership:

May 2015

Evan Bates, Pictograph Books
Long Island City, New York  USA

Nickolaus Bikoff, Nick Bikoff, Bookseller
Fairfield, New Jersey  USA

George Ayerego, Ayerego Books
Toronto  CANADA

Alican Akin, Khalkedon Books
Istanbul  TURKEY

June 2015

Neville Brackenreg, Viceroy Books
Forestdale  AUSTRALIA

Joanne Gunn, Hockley Books
Palgrave  CANADA

Daryl Rule; Daryl Rule, Bookseller
Santa Susana, California  USA

Nelleke Dansen, Scrinium Classical Antiquity

David Stockman, Centigrade 233
Ann Arbor, Michigan  USA

Tess & Eric Kindig; Garrison House Books, Garrison House Ephemera
Medina, Ohio  USA

Michael Utt; The Book Collector, Inc.
Fort Worth, Texax  USA

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 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, to be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA from July 12-17, 2015 . A second scholarship is restricted to the York Antiquarian Book Seminar, to be held in York, England from September 14-16, 2015. The third scholarship may be used for either of these, or for any one of these other opportunities:

(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, 2016.)

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.

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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.)

All entries must be received via email no later than June 12, 2015. Applications and letters of recommendation should be addressed to: (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 19, 2015.
Best of luck to all!

New IOBA Members: 4th Quarter 2014 and First 4 Months of 2015

IOBA is happy to admit the following recent applicants to full membership:

 4th Quarter of 2014

Jamie Hale, Buteo Books
Arrington, Virginia USA

Eileen Corbeil, White Square – Fine Books & Art
Easthampton, Massachusetts USA

Brandon Rison, Oddfellow’s Fine Books and Collectables
Topeka, Kansas USA

Liz Pollock, The Cook’s Bookcase
Santa Cruz, California USA

Andrew Foster, Milton and Hubble Books
Pasadena, California USA

Brendan Sherar, The Libriquarian
Asheville, North Carolina USA

Rosalind Reichner, Hart’s Fine Books, etc.
Sequim, Washington USA

1st Quarter of 2015

 Andrea Peacock, Elk River Books
Livingston, Montana USA

Rachel Jagareski, Old Saratoga Books
Schuylerville, New York USA

Jay Nelson, Jay W. Nelson, Bookseller
Austin, Minnesota USA

Ryan Tweney, Avebury Books
Beatty, Nevada USA

April 2015

Adrian Harrington, Adrian Harrington Rare Books Ltd.
Tunbridge Wells UK

Kim Herrick, The Book Lair
Pleasanton, California USA

New IOBA Members: First Half 2014

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

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