Regular programs are held at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

Socializing begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Parking is available behind the Thurber Center as well as in the State Auto lot off of N. 11th Street.

September 14, 2017

Shedding Light on Cuba Through the Creations of Ediciones Vigia

Jeanne Drewes, Chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division of the Library of Congress,  will present  “Shedding Light on Cuba Through the Creations of Ediciones Vigia, Publishing House, Matanzas Cuba.”

Ediciones Vigía is an independent publishing house located in Matanzas, Cuba that creates handmade books using collaged, repurposed materials, these books were created by artisans who volunteer at the press. The combination of photocopied images with handwritten text and collaged materials is characteristic of Vigía and reflects not only the technological limitations of the small press but also the conditions in which the books are made. Using repurposed materials and little machinery, the books and their handcrafted qualities reflect the everyday economic hardships of Cubans.  Ediciones Vigía emerged out of the need of a group of artists of the city to see their work, which they valued as literature, in print.

Jeanne Drewes received her BA in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a Mellon Intern for Preservation Administration at Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan from 1992 to 1993 and has remained in preservation ever since. She has been chief of Binding and Collections Care at the Library of Congress since 2006, where she has developed new and innovative processes to manage longstanding collections management issues and has developed the Family Treasures.  In 2015 Drewes was awarded the Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award given annually by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS, a division of the American Library Association), which recognizes outstanding professional preservation specialists who have been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

October 12, 2017

The “Highlights for Children” Archive

Deidra Herring, Associate Professor and Subject Specialist for Education, Collections, Instruction, & Public Services at the Ohio State University Libraries, will talk about the Highlights for Children Archive at The Ohio State University Library.

Founded in 1946 in Columbus, Ohio, Highlights for Children has been one of the nation’s most successful children’s literature publishing ventures and continues to thrive today.  Over 70 years of the magazine’s archives are housed in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Ohio State University and is a primary research resource for the study of children’s literature, cultural literacy, primary education and cognitive development.

Herring received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Education from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.  She has been at OSUL since 2005.  She has presented and published widely in the area of outreach and library user instruction.  In 2016 Herring was the principal curator for the exhibition Fun With a Purpose: Highlights and its Contribution to Childhood Education, an interactive exhibition that took a closer look at why young readers and adults continue to love Highlights magazine. The exhibition was initiated and installed to coordinate with the 2016 annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association.

November 9, 2017

Disruptive Technologies and Migratory Books: Bookselling and Publishing in the 21st Century

The technological innovations of late twentieth and early twenty-first century have disrupted many industries but one of its first and most disruptive targets was the publishing industry. Tony Sanfilippo, Director of The Ohio State University Press, will present a survey of the publishing and bookselling industries over the last thirty years focusing on how those disruptions are affecting the publication and distribution of trade books, scholarship, and textbooks, particularly for a medium-size university press. Topics will include industry consolidation, the impact of the digital revolution and online retail, and what the future might hold for independent publishers.

Sanfilippo was appointed Director of OSU Press after a national search.  Previously, Sanfilippo had been marketing director and assistant director at the Pennsylvania State University Press. While at Penn State, he drove initiatives to bring the press into the digital age, leveraging technologies and business models that bring content to a broader audience and acting as the press’s contact with Google, Apple and Amazon. He has had key roles in the Association of American University Presses and The Association of American Publishers.  He has spent more than 20 years in trade publishing and was co-owner and manager of Svoboda Scholarly Books in State College, Pennsylvania.

Sanfilippo’s vast experience in the book business and his activity and high profile among national publishing associations endows him with an in-depth and unique overview of the contemporary world of publishing.