News | May 14, 2024

Fall 2024 ABAA Diversity Initiative Discovery Program

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The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America has announced the first season of the ABAA Diversity Initiative, a guided discovery program for those historically underrepresented among workers in the trade, black, indigenous, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. 

Designed to run alongside annual ABAA book fairs, the program provides an introduction to antiquarian book fairs, career insights with ABAA members, visits to local ABAA member open shops/offices, and networking with institution professionals.

The Fall Diversity Discovery Program (November 6 - 10) offers stipends of up to $2,500 to two individuals to visit the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair (November 8-10, 2024) during the week of the fair. Students will be guided by an ABAA member and offered an itinerary of multiple networking activities.

Application forms can be found here and the application deadline is August 16. More details from the ABAA directly but application prerequisites include:

  • self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or person of color) and/or LGBTQ+
  • minimum requirement of a high school diploma, or currently enrolled student in any degree program (undergrads, Masters, PhD), or recent graduate (< 1-year post-grad)
  • applicants must be passionate about books, archival/library sciences, and/or bookselling
  • applicants must be able to travel and arrange their transportation and accommodation