Call for Nominations for GBW

We need you!  Or somebody you know.  It is time to consider stepping up to help out with the Guild of Book Workers (or suggesting a colleague).  This is your organization and it is run by volunteers.  Make it what you want it to  be!

The New England Chapter will be electing an entirely new committee at the end of this fiscal year (June 2012).  All positions are open: Chair, Secretary, Programs, Exhibitions… please send nominations to the current chair, Jeff Altepeter, as soon as possible (but no later than April 30, 2012).  Jeff will pass on all names to our chapter nominating committee (being chaired by Mary Pat Bogan).  You do not need to contact the person you wish to nominate (the committee will seek their agreement to be on the ballot).  We plan to hold elections for the chapter committee by poll directly on this blog.  Please watch for information in advance of the June elections.

But we need you on the national level as well:


The 2012 election of officers for the Guild of Book Workers Board of Directors will be held in June.

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:






The current President, Communications Chair, and Standards Chair will be retiring from the Board of Directors.

The current Exhibitions Chair and Newsletter Chair are seeking re-election to their offices.

Please submit nominations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and NO LATER THAN APRIL 15 to:

Karen Hanmer
Chair, Nominating Committee

You do NOT need to contact the person you are nominating, a member of the Nominating Committee will make contact.

You are encouraged to nominate yourself for any of these positions.

You may also suggest yourself or others to serve as members of these standing committees.

Job descriptions follow this message.

Thank you for your part in ensuring the future of the Guild of Book Workers.

The 2012 Nominating Committee
Karen Hanmer, Chair
Jeff Altepeter
Cris Takacs


The President is the Chief executive office of the Corporation, Chairman of the Board of Directors, general supervisor of the business and affairs of the Corporation and overseer of all orders and resolutions of the Board. The President presides at all meetings of the Board and at the Annual General Meeting, oversees the management of the Corporation, signs contracts for the Corporation, co-ordinates the organization’s activities nationwide and works with all the members of the Board to ensure that Board decisions are carried out.

Each year the President appoints a committee to choose nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Young Award for Service to the Guild of Book Workers, and presents the nominees to the Board for approval. The President also is responsible for finding candidates for vacancies that may occur on the Board and performs other duties and powers that may be prescribed by the Bylaws or by the Board. The President makes every effort to see that historical materials relating to the Corporation’s presidency are forwarded to the Corporation’s archives in Iowa City.


The Communications Standing Committee Chair leads and organizes the communication efforts of the Guild of Book Workers, including the GBW website. Duties include: update the Guild webpage using Adobe Contribute and FTP; update the web calendar on a regular basis and post timely information on GBW events; maintain and troubleshoot the GBW blog with the blog editors; manage the GBW listserv; maintain the GBW Board communications (listserv and email forwarding); work with the GBW webpage developer on form and content. The Communications Chair also monitors costs and prepares a budget for web services, making sure that the webmaster and services are paid for each year. He or she also manages the other communication avenues for the Guild (such as Facebook and Twitter). The Communications Chair writes an Annual Report, makes general reports at Board meetings and sees that historical materials relating to GBW Communications are forwarded to the Corporation’s archives in Iowa City.


The Exhibitions Standing Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating a committee that oversees the Guild’s traveling exhibit.  Duties of the committee include: determine a theme for the exhibit and number of pieces to be exhibited; produce a budget and loan fees; selection of jurors; find venues nationwide; arrange shipping and insurance for artwork; oversee the production of a catalog, including necessary fundraising; coordinate with the GBW Communications Chair to publicize the exhibit and seek publicity in the general community. The Committee also coordinates with the receiving venues on the arrival of the exhibition pieces. These duties include photography, condition reports and preparation for display and shipping. The Exhibitions Chair writes an Annual Report, prepares a budget, makes general reports at Board meetings and sees that historical materials relating to GBW exhibitions are forwarded to the Corporation’s archives in Iowa City.


The Newsletter Standing Committee Chair is responsible for editing six bimonthly issues of the GBW newsletter each fiscal year, beginning with the August issue. The Newsletter Chair oversees a committee that gathers and writes columns or calendars of activities related to the mission of the Guild. This may include: information about and registration forms for the Standards Seminar; members exhibitions information; GBW election information and ballots; annual reports of the Board of Directors; reports of Standards seminars; reviews of recent publications; new sources of supplies and book related meetings and workshops. The committee also collects ads from book related vendors. The Newsletter Chair manages the work of the production editor, a paid contractor who bills for services below the market rate. The Newsletter Chair writes an Annual Report, prepares a budget, makes general reports at Board meetings and sees that historical materials relating to the GBW newsletter are forwarded to the Corporation’s archives in Iowa City.


The Standards Chair oversees a committee charged with organizing the annual Standards of Excellence Seminar. The committee is mainly comprised of the Local Host (Guild members residing near the venue where the seminar will be held). Other members of the committee include GBW Board members such as the Treasurer. The Standards Chair coordinates the work of the committee in planning and organizing the Standards of Excellence seminar. Duties include: perform final negotiations with the conference hotel/venue and sign contracts; select and invite presenters; coordinate AV needs including videography; coordinate presenter needs (tools and equipment, AV needs, photocopies); organize a GBW fundraiser auction; coordinate finances with the GBW Treasurer; coordinate vendor room and arrangements; get information to GBW members via the Communications and Newsletter Chairs; keep the GBW President informed of all progress. These duties may be shared with the Local Host as necessary. The Standards Chair writes an Annual Report, makes general reports at Board meetings and sees that historical materials relating to the Standards of Excellence Seminar are forwarded to the Corporation’s archives in Iowa City.

Book studies events and exhibitions at Smith College

Book studies events & exhibitions, spring 2012

at Smith College, Northampton, MA

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m.| Campus Center Carroll Room

Dorothy Wickenden: Nothing Daunted

Author and executive editor of The New Yorker, Dorothy Wickenden will discuss her book Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West. The two “society girls” are 1909 Smith alums, Dorothy Woodruff (Wickenden’s grandmother) and Rosamond Underwood. Several years ago, Wickenden came across a collection of letters that Woodruff had written home to Auburn, New York, from the small community of Elkhead, Colorado, where the two Smith friends had gone to teach in 1916. The letters became fodder for an article in The New Yorker in 2009 and then became the backbone of Nothing Daunted. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and the Smith College Archives

Monday, March 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room

Robert Darnton: Books, Libraries, and the Digital Future

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. Darnton was a pioneer in the study of the history of the book, and today writes and speaks about e-publishing. He is the driving force behind the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) project and was a founder of the Gutenberg-e program, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. From 1968 to 1997, Darnton served on the European History faculty at Princeton. He has written extensively on the literary world of Enlightenment France. Among his honors are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award and election to the French Legion of Honor. Sponsored by the President’s Office

Monday March 26, 2012, 4:00 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room

Kathy Walkup: Your hands will always be covered with ink! Nuns, widows, mavericks & other passionate printers  

Kathy Walkup directs the Graduate Book Art Program at Mills College in California. Her teaching and writing focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century women printers and the history and practice of typography. This is the annual McGrath Lecture in Book Arts, which honors the memory of local printing legend Harold P. McGrath. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:30 p.m. | Neilson Library Browsing Room


Michael Suarez: The Future for Books in the Digital Age


Michael Suarez, S.J., is Director of the Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections, all at the University of Virginia. Suarez is known to be a most engaging speaker, “a world renowned scholar, a dynamic and demanding teacher and an inventive and passionately engaged citizen,” says a colleague at UVA. He is a leading scholar of the history of the book and eighteenth century literature. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries


Charles Dickens at 200

Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, Level 3. January 15-April 15, 2012

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the beloved Victorian novelist, this exhibition features a variety of his works from the Mortimer Rare Book Room.  

Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley

Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, Level 3. January 15-May 30, 2012

An exhibition of decorative papers, the handiwork of some of the Valley’s premier book artists. Paste papers made by 19 book workers are featured in this exhibition and the fall 2011 publication: Paste Papers of the Pioneer Valley. With an essay by David Bourbeau (Kat Ran Press & Catawba Press).

For more information about both exhibitions click here.

Upcoming talks at Mount Holyoke College

Passing this along from the College Book Arts Association list:

These two upcoming talks at Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) might be of interest to some of you:

This Thursday, Feb 16th at 4:30 is the second round of artist talks in conjunction with the Mount Holyoke studio art faculty exhibition. Tatiana Ginsberg will speak about her two installations in the greenhouse, and Rie Hachiyangi will talk about her large scale handmade paper installation in the library. The talk meets in the Mount Holyoke Art Museum, and moves to the other two locations. A reception follows in the library atrium.

Next week, on Monday Feb 20th at 4:30, artist and papermaker Helen Hiebert will lecture on her work in Dwight 101 (part of the library building).

Both events are free and open to the public.
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