President G. Thomas Tanselle introduced the Council members and staff and thanked them for their dedication, to which he attributed the Society’s success over the past year. He also expressed gratitude to University President John Casteen for providing the Society with another annual grant from the President’s Contingent Fund.
Mr. Tanselle announced that volume 53 of Studies in Bibliography is about to appear. Renewed congratulations are due David Vander Meulen, the editor, and Elizabeth Lynch, editorial assistant; their work has enhanced the quality of this distinguished journal.
The approval of the minutes of the fifty-fourth Annual Meeting held on March 23, 2001, was assumed.
Mr. Tanselle reported that the Nominating Committee proposed the reelection to the council of Kathryn Morgan, whose term expires in 2002. Her reelection was moved, seconded and approved by voice vote. Although the election of Council officers would not take place until the Council meeting to be held after the Annual Meeting, Mr. Tanselle noted that he was confident the current officers would be reelected.
Ruthe Battestin, chair of the Society’s Book Collecting Contest for 2002, announced the contest winners and presented the prizes. First prize of $300 went to Catherine Rodriguez for her collection of the works of Frances Sheridan and Frances Burney. The second prize of $150 was awarded to Edward Hutchinson for a collection of the works of Sir Winston Churchill. Honorable Mention and a check for $75 was given to Adam Zissman for his Flipbook Collection. Ms. Battestin acknowledged each of the other thirteen contestants, praised the high quality of all the entries, and announced that the participants had received gift certificates donated by generous local booksellers. Mr. Tanselle announced that books from the winning collections were on display in Memorial Hall of Alderman Library.
Mr. Tanselle introduced the speaker, David Seaman, founding director of the University of Virginia’s E-Text Center. Mr. Seaman began his talk on “Electronic Adventures in Bibliography” by unveiling the Society’s newly refurbished website. In his talk he emphasized that by publishing the complete run of Studies in Bibliography online the Society has given a second life to the journal’s contents and made them accessible to a worldwide audience. A reception in the Rare Book School rooms followed the talk.