‘Bibliography in the Digital Age’ is the theme of the annual conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand. Rick Gekoski, writer, rare book dealer and broadcaster will give the keynote lecture "The Treasure Hunt: The Supply-side Economics of Rare Book Dealing", opening the discussion on the material book in the digital age and the impact of the internet on bibliography. Other lectures on various topics will be held by Matthew Fishburn, Matthew Stephens , Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby, Amanda Laugesen and Julia Robinson, Paul Eggert, Simon Burroughs and many other internationally reknown scholars. During the official reception at Mitchell Library delegates will be shown the library’s bibliographic treasures including the New South Wales General Standing Orders, 1802, First Fruits of Australian Poetry, 1819, and the pirated edition of Dickens’ Posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club, published in Launceston in 1838. On Thursday evening Hordern House Rare Books will host a reception at their premises in Potts Point. An tour of the Library including the Preservation and Digitisation units, will be offered prior to the commencement of the conference. The annual meeting of the Rare Books Librarians’ Group will be held on Wednesday 20 November preceding the conference.
Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand
State Library of New South Wales