Saturday, June 12, 2010

Workshop - NEA Rare-Book Appraisal and Selection

The Worth of a Book: A Look at Rare-Book Appraisal and Selection
A Summer with NEA Program
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University
415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts

$10 for NEA members; $15 for non-members
Refreshments provided

How much is that book worth? Special Collections Librarians are frequently asked this question. Rare books have many types of value: scholarly, curricular, historical, insurance, artifactual, resale. What criteria do appraisers use to measure the value of an individual book? How can Special Collections Librarians select rare books to create curricular context in an academic library? What strategies are useful in building an institutionĂ¢€™s rare-book collection on a shoestring? Whether you have been in the rare-book field for years or are just starting out, join us for illuminating presentations and interesting discussion.

Ken Gloss, proprietor of The Brattle Book Shop in Boston and past president of the New England Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian at the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College
Maris Humphreys, Special Collections Cataloger at the Redwood Library & Athenaeum in Newport, Rhode Island

Moderator: Sarah Shoemaker, Special Collections Librarian, Brandeis University
Registration information --

Questions? Call Sarah Shoemaker, Special Collections Librarian, Brandeis University, 781.736.4641, or email

To register: email Elizabeth Slomba at