Thursday, February 11, 2010

University Libraries Student Book Collecting Contest, 2010

[Please enter this contest if possible and continue the SLIS shutout of this contest!]

From Jeffery Makala
(803) 777-0296

Entries are invited from students currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina for the University Libraries Student Book Collecting Award, carrying a first prize of $250. The award is sponsored by the Thomas Cooper Society, which initiated it in 1993 to encourage beginning book collectors. A list of previous winners and the topics of their collections is available at:

The collection may be in any field or may emphasize some particular area of interest within a subject. Collections may illustrate a certain bibliographical feature such as edition, illustration, typography, binding, &tc. Books and printed documents in all formats are acceptable for submission.

Materials submitted by entrants must be owned and have been collected primarily by them. Entries should be submitted by March 31, 2010 and should include the following:

a) A brief essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced) describing how and why the collection was assembled and its plans for future growth and development.

b) An annotated bibliography of selected titles (about 25-40) from the collection.

c) A cover sheet listing the entrant’s name, address, phone and email contacts.

N.B.: The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere on the entry except on the cover sheet. If submitting electronically, please try to send as PDF files to retain all original formatting. Entrants may wish to look over a previous successful entry to get ideas on arranging their material: a folder of such entries is on hold in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.

A panel of three judges will evaluate the anonymous entries. Each entrant’s essay and bibliography will be evaluated on how well they illustrate the concept of the collection. The discussion of the collection’s strengths and goals should reflect some planning and knowledge of the field. The winner will be asked to exhibit selected items in Thomas Cooper Library in April-May 2010. The winning entry will also be submitted to the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, co-sponsored by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division and Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, and the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies. The university’s 2007 winner was a runner-up in the national contest.

Entries should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, to:
Jeffrey Makala,
Rare Books and Special Collections,
University of South Carolina Libraries,
Columbia SC 29208. or:

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