Nominations Invited for the Society's Gold Medal

The Society awards a Gold Medal for distinguished services to bibliography to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the subject and the furtherance of the Society's aims. A Gold Medal sub-committee will be convened in September 2015 to consider nominations and make recommendations to Council for the next award of a Medal.

Marginal Malone Symposium

Society members may be interested in the 'Marginal Malone' symposium, held on Friday June 26, 2015 at the Lecture Thetare, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. The symposium is co-organised by the Yale Program in the History of the Book and the Bodleian centre for the Study of the Book.

A flyer with event details is available to download here.

To register for the event, please see:

Virtual Issue of 'The Library' Now Available

The Library is happy to announce the first of its annual 'Virtual Issues'. Each will comprise a retrospective gathering of key articles in a particular field that have appeared in the pages of The Library since the journal’s first appearance. These will be chosen by a guest editor, who will also supply an editorial reflecting on the field, its history, and its prospects, here and beyond. This virtual issue is available, free of charge to any interested reader, through the journal's page at OUP:

Nichols Archive Project

A description of Julian Pooley's project to catalogue the letters and papers of the eighteenth-century printer and antiquarian John Nichols has been uploaded.

English book owners in the seventeenth century

A new version of David Pearson's annotated list of English book owners in the seventeenth century has been added to the Society's electronic publications (January 2015).

Download available at English book owners in the seventeenth century.

Fellowships & Bursaries: Updated Guidelines

The Fellowships & Bursaries page has been updated with the new 2014/2015 guidelines.

Fellowships and bursaries applications will be accepted through 9 January 2015. To apply, see the information under 'application procedure'.

Petition to Stop Cuts to Belgian Cultural Institutions

Belgium’s Federal Scientific Institutions are faced with severe budget cuts. These institutions, including such important guardians of Belgium’s heritage as the Royal Library, the State Archives, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Royal Museums of Art and History and the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, have been suffering from financial cutbacks for years. The proposed austerity under the new government will make it even more difficult to adequately fulfill their mission and to properly administer the collections that have been entrusted to them by our society.

New to the Society Archives

Society members may be interested in this blog post from the Institute of English Studies about two items--a presentational trowel owned by the Society's first president, and the minutes book from the Colophon Club--that are set to be transferred to the Society's archives in the Bodleian Library:

Bibliographical Society Council Nominations

According to the normal rules of rotation, four Council members are due to step down at the Annual General Meeting on 21 October 2014. Also at the AGM Christine Ferdinand will step down as President and will be succeeded by Henry Woudhuysen. Nominations for Council and a Vice-President will be considered at the 9 September Council meeting and should be submitted to the Hon.

Death of Anthony Hobson

It is with great regret that the Society announces the death of Dr Anthony Hobson. Dr Hobson (born 1921) was a former President of the Society (1977-1979) and was awarded the Society's Gold Medal in 1992. He passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 12 July.