Who I am, What I do

bibliographer, n.

A person who writes about books, describing their authorship, printing, publication, etc.

 

My scholarship has evolved out of the institutional and private collections I have worked with (including my own modest library) and taken a variety of forms, including publications for popular audiences.

Today my research is focuses on two distinct, yet technologically overlapping subjects: The Whole Earth Catalog and what I call its "offspring" – books put together following instructions printed in the last catalog – and the printerly labor of the secretaries and typists who produced screenplays in 20th century Hollywood movie studios.

Since 2018 I have worked as the Executive Director of the Bibliographical Society of America, the oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects. I collaborate with BSA leadership to expand and diversify membership and programs, enhance programing, create a more robust communications profile, and forge new partnerships with other scholarly organizations and societies. I also work with BSA leadership on major issues of planning, finance, fundraising and development, and the general business of the Society.

I graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture, and hold an MLIS from the Palmer School of Information Science with a concentration in rare book librarianship. After a decade of special collections library work, I started my own business as an independent consultant to institutional and private collections in 2016. I am no longer taking new clients, but continue to work exclusively with Robert M. Rubin's collection of screenplays and other cinematic "exformation".

I have been awarded fellowships by the Bibliographical Society (UK), Rare Book School, and the Harry Ransom Center. I have also taught at Rare Book School and guest lectured at the Pratt Institute's Information School.

 

Please see my LinkedIn profile for more information about my professional experience.

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