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Plenary Keynote Speakers

Sarah Thomas (opening keynote)

Sarah Thomas is vice president for the Harvard Library and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley’s Librarian, overseeing Oxford’s university libraries, including the historic Bodleian Library. She was University Librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007. She began her career at Harvard University's Widener Library and has since worked at Johns Hopkins University, the Research Libraries Group (Stanford, CA), the National Agricultural Library, and the Library of Congress. In 2007 she received the Melvil Dewey Award from the American Library Association, and in 2004 she served as the President of the Association of Research Libraries. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. She is a graduate of Smith College, and holds a MS in Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, and a Ph.D. in German literature from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Alice Schreyer (session 01 keynote)

Alice Schreyer is Interim Library Director and Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections, as well as Curator of Rare Books, at the University of Chicago Library. Previously, she worked at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Delaware Library. Schreyer writes and speaks frequently on special collections and the profession of special collections librarianship for publications and organizations such as ARL Bimonthly Report, the ACRL journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, and the Library of Congress Rare Book Forum. Increasing teaching and expanding use of rare books, manuscripts, and archives is a focus of Alice’s work. She received the 2006 John Jacob Astor Award in Library & Information Science from the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rare Book School at University of Virginia, where she taught a course in special collections librarianship from 2001-2012. Schreyer earned master's degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Library Service and her doctorate in English from Emory University.

Jay Satterfield (session 02 keynote)

Jay Satterfield is the head of Dartmouth College’s Rauner Special Collections Library. Since arriving at Dartmouth in 2004, he has worked to integrate Special Collections into the intellectual life of the College. He received his PhD in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 1999 and is the author of “The World’s Best Books”: Taste, Culture and the Modern Library (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).

Stephen Enniss (session 03 keynote)

Stephen Enniss is Director of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. He did his undergraduate studies at Davidson College, followed by a library degree from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia. He has held previous appointments at the Folger Shakespeare Library and at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. His research interests are in twentieth century poetry, and he is the biographer of the poet Derek Mahon. He is recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship from the University of London.

Mark Dimunation (closing keynote)

Mark Dimunation was appointed Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress in March 1998. As Chief, Mr. Dimunation is responsible for the development and management of the Rare Book Collection, the largest collection of rare books in North America. He acquires materials, develops programs of lectures and presentations, and oversees the operations of the Division. He came to the Library of Congress from Cornell University, where he had served since 1991 as Curator of Rare Books and Associate Director for Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, and taught in the English Department. Mr. Dimunation had his start with rare books when he was appointed the Assistant Chief of Acquisitions at The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. He served in this position from 1981 until 1983, when he was hired to be the Rare Book Librarian and Assistant Chief for Special Collections at Stanford University. Mr. Dimunation did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Following some course work at Christ Church College in Oxford, Mr. Dimunation entered the graduate program in American History at the University of California, Berkeley. It was the experience of doing his research at The Bancroft Library that prompted Mr. Dimunation to pursue a career in Rare Book Librarianship. He specializes in 18th and 19th century English and American printing and has considerable experience working with antiquarian materials as well as fine press and contemporary artists books. He has lectured extensively about book collections and has authored a number of exhibition catalogs, including a recent study of Andrew Dickson White as a nineteenth-century book collector. Mr. Dimunation is a member of the Grolier Club, IFLA, and the ESTC Board and is currently Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL/ALA.


Featured Panelists — Discussion 01

Joel Silver

Joel Silver is Director of the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, where he has worked since 1983. He has published a number of articles on rare books and book collecting in AB Bookman’s Weekly and Fine Books & Collections Magazine, and he has taught courses in many subjects related to rare books at the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University, where he serves as the Director of the Special Collections Specialization.

Ken Lopez

Ken Lopez began his bookselling career at the Goddard College bookstore in Plainfield, Vermont, in the 1970s when Raymond Carver was teaching in Goddard’s MFA program, Richard Ford was one of his students and other excellent but then-little known writers were passing through.  He began collecting the Goddard writers’ first editions, many of them done by small, obscure presses, and later began collecting, and then buying and selling as a “scout,” other contemporary writers’ books.  A 1978 change in US tax laws led to a publishing industry change that saw most books go out of print within a year of publication, instantly creating a new category of recent-but-nonetheless-rare books.  Lopez began issuing catalogues of modern literary first editions by contemporary, living, working writers in 1981, inadvertently helping to create a field that came to be known as “hypermodern” book collecting.  Buying and selling living writers’ works led directly to helping sell those writers’ manuscripts and literary archives, which Lopez has been doing since the early 1990s and which now forms a major part of his rare book business.

Paul Ruxin

For 25 years Mr. Ruxin served as chairman of Jones Day's specialized energy industry practice. He was regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers during his 41-year legal career. Mr. Ruxin is a member of the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, The Chicago Literary Club and The Caxton Club of Chicago and the Grolier Club of New York. He is former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Newberry Library of Chicago, the Board of Directors of The Poetry Foundation, and a Governor of The Dr. Johnson House Trust (London). He is also a member of The Association Internationale de Bibliophilie, The Editorial Committee of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Library, and is past Vice-Chairman of the Council of The Friends of the Amherst College Library. His personal collection of the works of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell and their circle is among the most complete in private hands in the world. Mr. Ruxin is a frequent speaker before various groups on literary and bibliophilic subjects.

Daniel De Simone

In October of 2013 Daniel De Simone was appointed Eric Weinmann Librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library. As Librarian and Senior Director, De Simone will be responsible for the operations of the Central Library and in coordination with other Senior Directors, the management of the institution. He will report to the Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Michael Witmore. De Simone came to the Folger from his position as Curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress. During his tenure as Rosenwald Curator he has been responsible for organizing a series of high level symposia, exhibitions, presentations. His most notable contribution was the exhibition entitled A Heavenly Craft: The Woodcut in Early Printed Books that had venues in New York City, Dallas and Washington. It was accompanied by a highly acclaimed exhibition catalogue of the same name. In addition he has organized symposia and written on such diverse subjects as the Giant Bible of Mainz, Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, Gaetano Filangiere’s influence on Benjamin Franklin, techniques of color printing, William Blake, early calligraphy books and many other subjects which relate to the Rosenwald Collection. His international connections have proved extremely useful, and he represented the Library of Congress in various capacities in New Castle, England, San Paolo, Brazil, Bologna, Rome Florence, and Siena. Before his appointment as Rosenwald Curator, Daniel De Simone owned his own bookselling business which he operated for twenty-two years in New York City. Focusing his business on selling books to rare book libraries, he developed specialties in the history of printing, antiquarian bibliography, book illustration, and eighteenth-century Italian and French books. In 1986-88 he was appointed Managing Director of Antiquariaat Meyer Elte, a 100 year old book company in The Hague, The Netherlands where he learned the European book trade. In 1995 he was invited to teach a course at Waseda University Library, Tokyo Japan entitled “Collection Evaluation of Western Book Collections”. In 2006 he was awarded The Krasnoff Grant which funded research on the history of printing in Ferrara, and in 2005 and again in 2008 he received the Library of Congress Special Achievement Award for contributions to the Library presented by the Associate Librarian of Congress and the Librarian of Congress, respectively. He has received recognition of his peers in both the United States and Europe and elected a member of the Grolier Club N. Y., Association Internationale de Bibliophile, Paris, and Print Council of America.

Elizabeth Haven Hawley

Elizabeth Haven Hawley, PhD, is chair of the Special and Area Studies Collections Department at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. She has held positions at the University of Minnesota as visiting assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Program and as program director at the Immigration History Research Center. She has served as a lab instructor for descriptive bibliography classes and printer-in-residence for summer courses at Rare Book School (University of Virginia) for more than a decade. Dr. Hawley previously worked at The Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum (Atlanta) and as adjunct faculty for the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research studies the relationship of social practices to technological access. Through forensic analysis, she uncovers evidence about cultural production and the role of technology as a multiplier of diverse voices in print. She received an MS in the history of technology and a PhD in the history and sociology of technology and science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Featured Panelists — Discussion 02

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith earned his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his doctorate in American Literature and Textual Studies at Indiana University. The Textual Studies program, which involved Dr. Smith with the collections of the Lilly Library and the operations and procedures of the William Dean Howells scholarly edition, was profoundly influential to his future career in rare books, bibliography and textual editing. Dr. Smith was appointed the first Curator of the William Charvat Collection of American Fiction at The Ohio State University Libraries in 1983 and was appointed Head of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library in 1992. He earned the rank of full professor in 1999.  Dr. Smith’s American Fiction, 1901-1925: A Bibliography was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997. He has written critical articles on Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, William S. Burroughs and William T. Vollman in addition to numerous publications on rare book and textual studies topics.  Dr. Smith is currently working on American Fiction, 1926-1950, the successor volume to his earlier bibliography, and he is a general editor for a series of textual editions of William S. Burroughs. The first volume of the Burroughs series, Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebooks of William S. Burroughs, was released in January 2008 by Ohio State University Press. A second volume, The Revised Boy Scout Manual is forthcoming in 2015. He is active in local, regional and national bibliographical and scholarly associations, is a founding member and first president of The Aldus Society, a Columbus based bibliophilic society and the current Chair of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies.

Selby Kiffer

Selby Kiffer is the Senior Vice President; International Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby's, New York. He joined Sotheby’s in 1984 and now has principal responsibility for historical American manuscripts, travel and atlases, and natural history books. He has been involved in the sale of many of the most celebrated private libraries offered at auction during the last half century, most notably those of H. Bradley Martin, the Garden Ltd., Frank T. Siebert, Otto Schäfer, Maurice Neville, and James S. Copley. Mr. Kiffer has researched and catalogued the most expensive letters ever sold at auction by Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and many other figures from American history, as well as cataloging for sale holograph stories by Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Truman Capote. He has played a role in the discovery (or rediscovery) of several bibliographical treasures, including three previously unrecorded copies of the Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence; a lost fragment of the autograph manuscript of Abraham Lincoln’s 1858 “House Divided” speech; the first half of the autograph manuscript of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; and four early notebooks of Walt Whitman, which had been missing from the Library of Congress for more than fifty years. Mr. Kiffer is also a founding member and Senior Specialist for Sotheby’s recently established Special Projects Department, and in that role has written the catalogues for a number of special items that fall outside the usual boundaries of books and manuscripts, including the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever discovered; the Benjamin O’Fallon Collection of American Indian Portraits by George Catlin; four battle flags of the American Revolution that had been captured by Colonel Banastre Tarleton; George Washington’s Society of the Cincinnati medal, given by his heirs to the Marquis de Lafayette; and James Naismith’s Founding Rules of Basketball. Mr. Kiffer is a frequent lecturer to library friends and other academic groups and is active in professional rare books activities. He has lectured about the First Folio at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and about the Declaration of Independence at the Rare Book School, University of Virginia. Mr. Kiffer was a featured appraiser on the Public Television series Antiques Road Show and has been the principal subject of three documentaries on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

Jon Lindseth

Jon Lindseth is a bibliographer and book collector. He is general editor of the forthcoming book Alice in a World of Wonderlands. The book lists over 9000 editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass in over 170 languages. It will be in three volumes and 2400 pages with over 240 contributing writers. It is believed to be the most extensive analysis ever of one English language novel in so many languages. He will also co-curate the 2015 exhibition of “Alice in Translation” at The Grolier Club in New York and chair a two day translation conference there. Lindseth is an emeritus trustee and now Presidential Counselor of Cornell University, a Fellow of The Morgan Library and Museum and a member of their Printed Books Committee, a member of the Chairman’s Council of the American Trust for the British Library, a life member of the Bibliographical Society of America and The Bibliographical Society (London.) He is a member of The Grolier Club and The Rowfant Club. His collection of Jewish Fables will go to the Cornell University Library upon publication of the forthcoming book about his collection which is believed to be the first examination of the extensive use of fables in Jewish writing.

Jim Kuhn

Jim Kuhn is the Joseph N. Lambert and Harold B. Schleifer Director of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. Jim has master’s degrees in library science and philosophy from Kent State University. Prior to the University of Rochester, he oversaw acquisitions, cataloging, technical services, and photography at the Folger Shakespeare Library, where he last served as Interim Eric Weinmann Librarian. His publications include the forthcoming "'A Hawk from a Handsaw:" Collating Possibilities with The Shakespeare Quartos Archive, in New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, eds. Tassie Gniady, Kris McAbee, and Jessica C. Murphy.

Christoph Irmscher

Christoph Irmscher, a native of Germany, has taught at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Harvard University, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Since 2006, he has been at Indiana University of Bloomington, where he is the Provost Professor of English and the George F. Getz Jr. Professor in the Wells Scholars Program. He also directs the Wells Scholars Program. He is the author of several books, on subjects ranging from natural history writing (The Poetics of Natural History, 1999) to the life of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Longfellow Redux, published in paperback in 2008, and Public Poet, Private Man,2009). His work has been extensively supported by the National Endowment of the Humanities, most recently in the form of two grants for summer institutes on John James Audubon, held at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, in 2009 and 2011. Widely recognized as the leading authority on Audubon, he is the editor of the Library of America edition of Audubon's Writings and Drawings. His new biography of the 19th-century scientist Louis Agassiz, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science, was Editor's Choice of the New York Times Book Review in February 2013 and has been extensively discussed in, among others, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Harvard Magazine, The Washington Independent Review of Books, and The Scientist (where he was a featured contributor in May 2013). At Indiana University, he has won awards for his teaching; he is particularly proud to have received the 2010 James Philip Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service to Students. Irmscher's interests are too diverse to fit into a neat field. What he enjoys most is collecting books and sharing his excitement about literature and the arts with wider audiences. He has been a consultant on the award-winning "American Masters" documentary on John James Audubon, and he was extensively interviewed in the Louisiana Public Television documentary "A Summer of Birds," which was nominated for a regional Emmy award. The web version of his 2007 Bicentennial Exhibit on Longfellow won the Katherin Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Award of the American Library Association. He is now writing a new biography of Max Eastman.


Featured Panelists — Discussion 03

Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen is Associate Professor History at Case Western Reserve University, specializing in early American social and cultural history. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College, his M.A. from Duke University, and his Ph.D. from the History of American Civilization Program at Brandeis University. His books include Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England Crime Literature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1860 (1993), The Female Marine and Related Works: Narratives of Cross-Dressing and Urban Vice in America's Early Republic (1997), and "Hero Strong" and Other Stories: Tales of Girlhood Ambition, Female Masculinity, and Women's Worldly Achievement in Antebellum America (2014). He is currently working on a book about the burning of the Charlestown (MA) convent in 1834 and the decades-long controversy that followed.

Tom Congalton

Tom Congalton founded Between the Covers Rare Books with his wife Heidi in 1985; the firm specializes in c20 American books. He served as President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America from 2000 to 2002, and was elected President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) from 2012 to 2014.

Athena Jackson

As Associate Director, Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, Jackson provides leadership, coordination, and oversight for many of the day-to-day operations of the Special Collections Library, especially those centered on services for readers and management of collections. She received my MLIS from the University of North Texas and interned at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives while pursuing my graduate degree. She also holds a BA in English from the University of Houston. Most recently, Jackson was Special Collections Librarian at the University of Miami. Prior to Miami, she managed the National Digital Newspaper Program at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge. She has also worked in the electronic publishing industry where she was responsible for digital humanities collections for academic research. Jackson is an active member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association and have served various roles on committees ranging from Diversity Committee Chair to Preconference Program Planning Committee member. She has spoken nationally on diversity in the special collections profession and on access to historical newspapers. 

Melissa Hubbard

Melissa Hubbard is the Head of Special Collections & Archives at Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University. She has previously served as the Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Digital Projects Librarian at Colgate University, and the Rare Book Librarian at Southern Illinois University. Her research and professional interests include the pedagogical uses of special collections materials, and innovative approaches to exposing hidden collections.

Gerald Early

At Washington University in St. Louis, Gerald Early is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Director of the Center for Humanities, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of several volumes, including This is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s (2003); The Sammy Davis, Jr., Reader (2001); The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998); Body Language: Writers on Sport (1998); Speech and Power (1993); Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and the Ambivalence of Assimilation (1993); and My Soul's High Song: The Collected Works of Countee Cullen (1991). Professor Early is the author of The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Other works are One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture (1994); Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood (1994); and Tuxedo Junction (1989). The recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award and a General Electric Foundation Award, Early is currently finishing a book about Fisk University.


Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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