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Just a few short ones to report, which I’ll list in order from most general and popular to most specific and academic:

With the birthday of The Boss this past week, you have to appreciate this title: Literature, What is it Good For? (Yes, I know, it’s not a Springsteen original.)  I love that Evan Gottlieb, a professor of eighteenth-century studies, has taken up the banner for studying English in a series of Huffington Post articles.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who studies the Eighteenth Century would commit himself to this cause; these were debates–what to read, who should read and why–that fueled much of the discourse of the period as well.

Some of those debates took place in the periodical literature of the time.  Thus I’m happy to see that one of my favorite 18C bloggers on Georgian London is writing for a well-known British book charity (why don’t we have one of those?) about the highs and lows of the burgeoning journalism culture of the period.   By the way, I just ordered her book!

Of course, our own publication venues have changed radically over the last couple decades.  As we prepare ourselves for the Wayne State Symposium of Scholarly Editing and Archival Research tomorrow, it’s a great time to be thinking of how best to edit 18c texts. This blog post describing a student project usefully outlines some of the issues that must be considered when publishing a digital edition.

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[As posted on SHARP-L, the listserv for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, by Eric Holzenberg, ejh@grolierclub.org]

The Grolier Club of New York, America’s oldest and largest society of enthusiasts in printing and the graphic arts, is seeking two talented, motivated, enthusiastic, self-directed, and detail-oriented administrative professionals to coordinate the Club’s distinguished 130-year-old series of publications, and exhibitions. 

 1. GROLIER CLUB PUBLICATIONS MANAGER: SEARCH REOPENED

 Since its founding the Grolier Club has published over five hundred books and exhibition catalogues—some of them now the standard references in their fields—on such subjects as photography, William Blake, Mayan writing, Albrecht Dürer’s alphabet book, and the well-known “Grolier hundred” selections in literature, science, and medicine. Many of the publications have been printed and designed by the leading book artists and typographers of the past and present, including Theodore Low De Vinne, D. B. Updike, Bruce Rogers, Stanley Morison, Joseph Blumenthal, the Mardersteigs, and Jerry Kelly.

Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, the Publications Manager will

•       Oversee the daily operations of a program producing seven to ten titles a year, including checklists, catalogues, monographs, and periodicals

•       Lead initiatives in the design and implementation of digital applications pertaining to the Club’s publications and communications, including acting as webmaster for the Club’s website

•       Communicate with Grolier Club member curators and others about publications relating to Club exhibitions and other activities, enforcing deadlines and maintaining form and content standards

•       Edit for press those publications bearing the Grolier Club imprint

•       Act as liaison to contributors, authors and others involved in the editorial process of non-Club publications

•       Communicate with the Club’s distributor about inventory and marketing of Grolier Club publications to non-members

•       Oversee the Administrative Assistant in fulfilling publications orders from Grolier Club members

•       Act as primary staff liaison to the Grolier Club Committee on Publications, assisting the chair of that committee with the preparation of monthly and annual reports, among other duties

•       Serve as chief editor of the annual Gazette of the Grolier Club, and the annual Club “Yearbook,” soliciting contributions, evaluating and editing submissions, and overseeing production

Qualifications

•       Advanced degree in a relevant area of the humanities, or equivalent experience

•       3-5 years of related print and web editing experience, ideally in an academic or scholarly environment

•       Excellent writing and organizational skills

•       Proven negotiation and project management skills

•       Demonstrated experience using standard computer word processing and design programs, and web editing tools

•       Strong interpersonal skills

•       Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment with multiple and conflicting priorities

A background in bibliography and/or book history is desirable.

Salary from $65,000, depending on experience. Compensation package includes 15 days paid vacation, retirement plan through TIAA/CREF, and comprehensive health/dental care.

Send résumé, cover letter, and the names of three references to:

Publications Manager Search Committee

 The Grolier Club

 47 East 60th Street

 New York, NY 10022

Email applications (to gcpubmgr@gmail.com) are preferred. Applications received prior to October 15 will be given first consideration. 

More information on the Grolier Club and its programs can be found on our website: www.grolierclub.org.

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2. GROLIER CLUB EXHIBITIONS MANAGER

The Club was one of the first organizations in America to treat books and prints as objects worthy of display, and since 1884 the Club has mounted more than eight hundred exhibitions on topics ranging from Blake to Kipling, from chess to murder mysteries, from Japanese prints to Art Nouveau posters.

Reporting to the Director, and in consultation with the Committees on Public Exhibitions and Members’ Exhibitions, the Exhibitions Manager administers all aspects of the Grolier Club’s programs of public exhibitions (four annually) and members’ exhibitions (five annually), including registration, preparation/setup, and PR.  

 Duties & Responsibilities  

•       Registration, including requesting loans from other libraries or individuals for public exhibitions; all correspondence related to the loan of material; processing of loan, insurance and transportation forms.

•       Preparation and support, including maintaining and coordinating calendars for the Public Exhibitions and Members’ Exhibitions programs; advising curators on exhibition procedures and design; assisting in the editing and revising of catalogue texts and exhibition label copy; supervising and participating in exhibition set-up; maintaining supplies of exhibit materials; creating and maintaining guidelines and standards for curators of Grolier Club exhibitions.

•       Public Relations, which includes working with the Club’s PR consultant in the creation and/or editing of printed and online press releases; and development of public relations strategies. Duties in this area also include maintaining mailing and press contact lists; assembling and distributing press packets; maintaining and sending updates to email distribution lists; updating the exhibitions pages of the Grolier Club website, and posting to the Club’s Facebook page and other social media as appropriate.  

 This position supervises one part-time conservator on an as-needed basis, and oversees a corps of member volunteers in all aspects of exhibition setup.  

 Qualifications  

•       Bachelor’s degree or higher in one of the humanities.

•       3-5 years of relevant experience in the preparation, mounting, and promotion of exhibitions of rare materials, in an academic or scholarly environment.

•       Excellent writing and organizational skills.        

•       Proven negotiation and project management skills.

•       Demonstrated experience using standard computer word processing, web editing, and design tools.

•       Experience in the creation of online exhibitions.

•       Ability to work independently in a time-sensitive environment with multiple and conflicting priorities.

 A background in bibliography and/or book history is desirable.  

Salary from $65,000, depending on experience. Compensation package includes 15 days paid vacation, retirement plan through TIAA/CREF, and comprehensive health/dental care.

Send résumé, cover letter, and the names of three references to:

Exhibitions Manager Search Committee

 The Grolier Club

 47 East 60th Street

 New York, NY 10022

Email applications (to gcexhibitionsmgr@gmail.com) are preferred. Applications received prior to October 15 will be given first consideration. 

More information on the Grolier Club and its programs can be found on our website: www.grolierclub.org.

Eric  Holzenberg

Director

The Grolier  Club

47 East 60th  Street

New York,  NY  10022

phone:  212/838-6690 ext. 1

fax:  212/838-2445

e-mail: ejh@grolierclub.org

website: www.grolierclub.org

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Think that Women’s Studies and the opening of the literary canon mean that gender inequities in publishing are a thing of the past?  Check out these stats, compiled by VIDA: Women In Literary Arts.  The data, which they gathered last year as well, OVERWHELMINGLY suggest a disturbingly deep and widespread bias. Although this caused quite the kerfuffle in literary blogs and in editorials, seemingly little has changed within the last year.

This is interesting (as well as appalling) on many levels.  One puzzle that strikes me: we usually hear about girls being steered away from the STEM fields from an early age.  If young women are rewarded for their prowess in the language arts early in their educations, why is there this reverse at the top levels, where literacy becomes literature?  “Sexism is pervasive” may be an accurate answer, but its grand narrative vagueness is unsatisfying and ultimately unhelpful.  Where is the glass ceiling located?  In MFA programs?  Journalism schools? How is it justified?  Does the feminized construction of the American reader create a backlash against real women writers?  Is the implicitly masculine Romantic genius still a compelling category for understanding literary writing?

The field of Book Studies, with its theories and methods for understanding the nexus of authorship, reading, and publishing, and its ability to look for parallels in the past as well as project the future, is well situated to tackle this problem.  I would like to think that scholars feel some urgency in taking this on.  Let’s not just leave it to the blogosphere.

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The story of the development of the cover of The Great Gatsby makes for fascinating reading.  Not only does this article discuss the evolution of the art, it also sheds light on the relationship between Fitzgerald and his famous editor, Maxwell Perkins.  It is also interesting to see the list of truly dreadful titles that Fitzgerald came up with for this now eponymously iconic work.

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THis is not a current blog post (half a year old, OMG!) but it is more relvant than ever: Post-Artifact Books and Publishing

What tools will we embed within digital artifacts to signal this shifting relationship with literature?
To surface our shared experience?
To bridge the raw pre- and post- artifact spaces that so define the future of publishing?
To build the future book?

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