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BOOK ARTS OPPORTUNITY: Director - American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (est. 1922)

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 16 people are interested

​Greetings Friends of the Book Arts!

What is a bookplate?

Since the fifteenth century, distinguished artists and their patrons have given serious attention to this art form. A bookplate represents pride in the ownership of books. It is a graphic art print developed to adorn books providing a convenient, individualized way for the book’s owner to be identified. The bookplate, or ex libris, is a label affixed to the inside front cover of a book.

Bookplates have been designed by artists and engravers such as Albrecht Dürer, Thomas Bewick, Paul Revere, Kate Greenaway, Aubrey Beardsley, Marc Chagall, M.C. Escher, Rockwell Kent, Leonard Baskin, Barry Moser, and others. Many are acknowledged for their work as book illustrators and designers.

The owners of bookplates are a distinguished group as well. We find that Queen Victoria of Great Britain owned a bookplate, as did George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Charles DeGaulle. Other famous people include: Harpo Marx, James Cagney, Sigmund Freud, Walt Disney, J.P. Morgan, Jack London, and the list goes on.

Today we present an
attractive proposal for several positions with the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (est. 1922). Visit our website at https://bookplate.org. Please write for more information: info@bookplate.org


After steering the ASBC&D through our Centennial Celebration, I have reflected on my tenure as the director of our society for 22 years. It is amazing how much I have learned about the art of the bookplate and connecting with bookplate enthusiasts globally. It has been a real pleasure getting to interface and converse with designers, bibliophiles, and art collectors worldwide. Now it's time for me to take a step back and work on the bookplate collections and library.

Your membership dues, articles, and kind donations will continue to support our publications, website, competitions, and exhibitions. We are now accepting applications to build a new staff for several prestigious volunteer positions and the beginning of a new century for our society.

The list below includes some of the responsibilities to perform. Now you can sign up for one or more!

Good Luck!!

James P. Keenan, Director

The following is a quick description:

1) FUNDRAISING - The ASBC&D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Understand that the ASBC&D has a small limited annual budget from membership dues - to make necessary progress proper funding is essential. Otherwise the graphic art of the bookplate will become a lost book art in the USA.

2) AUTHOR - EDITOR - GRAPHIC DESIGNER - PRINT BUYER - Write, solicit, and edit articles. Coordinate the design, printing, and mailing of our publications.

3) ACCOUNTING - Manage the Society's budget. Annual IRS filings required to maintain our 501(c)(3) status.

4) DAILY CORRESPONDENCE - Handle daily correspondence from all over the world from bibliophiles & art collectors.

5) SOCIAL NETWORKING - Bookplate societies must post daily and interact online with global artists and collectors. Hundreds of artists and collectors will introduce you to this global network

6) PUBLICITY & MARKETING - Maintain ASBC&Ds regular mainstream presence at book fairs, library trade shows, & conferences.

7) WORKSHOPS - LECTURES - DEMONSTRATIONS -Online & in-person. Present workshops, lectures, & demonstrations by world artists, printmakers, & collectors.

8) EXHIBITIONS COORDINATOR - Layout, design, and mount in-person and traveling exhibitions. Build online exhibitions - mount, promote, schedule, and insure our shows.

9) DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIES - Coordinate and create in-person and online regional meetings. Lectures and exhibits nationwide.

10) GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITIES - Participation in worldwide meetings is an essential part of the job.

11) WEBSITE UPDATES & MAINTENANCE - Ongoing website development and maintenance required.

12) THE SOCIETY'S BOOKPLATE COLLECTION - Build and manage an ASBC&D library and print collection.


No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.



PO BOX 14964, TUCSON, AZ 85732, US

Mission Statement

The American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers (ASBC&D) was organized in 1922 to further this department of the book arts. Today, the ASBC&D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization with a focus on North American book artists, printmakers, and collectors - both individuals and institutions. Our membership includes more than 150 individuals and 50 institutions. The purposes of the ASBC&D as stated in the first Year Book are: "To cultivate the spirit of friendship and mutual helpfulness among collectors and designers of bookplates; and to assist in the further development of the bookplate." This is accomplished by the publication of the YEAR BOOK, quarterly newsletter, special interest publications, traveling exhibitions, regional meetings, talks, and more. There are dozens of foreign "ex libris" associations with whom the Society corresponds and exchanges -- our global network includes 50+ nations.


​The ASBC&D was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1922 and moved to Pasadena, California in 1968. In 2001 the Society moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and since 2005 our mailing address is in Tucson, Arizona​. We have several ​volunteer ​opportunities that​ can be performed from anywhere. ​The ASBC&D has 501(c)(3) status since 1981. Beyond our publications​ we have made some outstanding progress with the Society ​over the past 22-years​. We have introduced traveling shows, bookplate competitions, a stellar website, in-person & online exhibitions, lectures, social networking pages, special interest publications, and we are building an important library and bookplate collection! Please visit our website at -- https://bookplate.org. The Society also organized three global bookplate congresses that included receptions, lectures, exhibitions, tours, and banquets ​ - these meetings were held in Boston, San Francisco, and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. ​ In addition, a few of our ambitious members have hosted regional meetings including Portland (OR), Boston, ​and Washington, D.C.


Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, International


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Library Sciences
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Curating
  • History
  • Research


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Ongoing responsibilities
  • Visit the ASBC&Ds website: https://bookplate.org. For more information, please write: info@bookplate.org

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