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The IOBA Standard is the journal of the Independent Online Booksellers Association and covers the book world, with a special focus on the online used, out-of-print, and collectible bookselling markets.


The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

The Colorado Book School, as it is informally known, offers a wonderful opportunity for those seeking to improve their knowledge of the profession. Attending this famous seminar involves a serious commitment of time and money, but all reports indicate that it is well worth the investment. Please note that IOBA’s own Chris Volk is their newest faculty member. Perhaps Chris can give us a nice report on this experience in a future issue. An official announcement follows

THE COLORADO ANTIQUARIAN BOOK SEMINAR August 6-11, 2006 Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Please visit for this year’s program highlights and schedule.

We proudly announce this year’s program which includes our Keynote Speaker, Terry Belanger, a recent MacArthur Fellow and founder of the Rare Book School and Book Arts Press at the University of Virginia; specialty dealer John Crichton of the Brick Row Book Shop, San Francisco; and our newest faculty member, Chris Volk of, an early member and past officer of the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), a member of the first advisory board for ABE books, and a current member of the advisory board for

Other members of the faculty include Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory of Between the Covers; Dan De Simone from the Library of Congress; independent booksellers Mary Francis Ciletti, Mike Ginsberg, Ed Glaser, and Rob Rulon-Miller; and our conservator, Angela Scott.

Nearly 30 years ago, Jake Chernofsky (Editor of AB Bookman’s Weekly) and others established a week-long seminar in Denver aimed at providing education for persons interested in entering the used/OP/academic/rare book trade. Under various administrative configurations, the Seminar, long well-known and highly respected in the rare book community, has continued to fulfill this function to this day. Given the enormous changes in the antiquarian book world since 1978, the curriculum has changed accordingly, with increasing emphasis on the realities of bookselling in the electronic age. Over the years more than 2100 students have graduated from the Seminar, many of whom have gone on to become prominent members of the bookselling community.

This year both the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (RMABA) will offer a total of five scholarships for the Seminar [and Alibris has just announced a scholarship as well]. Applications should be sent to each respective organization by July 1, 2006 [as a heads-up for next year]. Details will be available at the Seminar website shortly.

Please direct questions about any seminar information to:

Kathy Lindeman, Local Coordinator Colorado Springs: (719) 473-6634 or E-mail to:



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