UCSD Libraries 8th Annual Book Collecting Contest

Budding student bibliophiles encouraged to compete for cash prizes

The UC San Diego Libraries is calling all book-collecting students currently enrolled at UC San Diego to participate in the Eighth Annual Student Book Collection Competition. The competition is sponsored by the UCSD Libraries, the San Diego Booksellers Association and the Friends of the UCSD Libraries, and is aimed at nurturing and recognizing budding book collectors and encouraging UCSD students to collect books, to build their own libraries, and to appreciate the qualities and the pleasures of the printed word. Prizes will be awarded in separate categories for UCSD undergraduate and graduate students. Monetary prizes in the amount of $500, $300, and $200 will be awarded to the top three entries in each group.

Book collections must include at least 25 items, must be owned by the student submitting the collection, and must be built around some unifying concept or theme. They may feature a specific author or subject, contemporary or historical; an illustrator; or a physical aspect of the book, such as fine binding or significantly autographed editions. Paperbacks and/or ephemera that enhance the collection are encouraged. Modern textbooks should not be submitted.

To qualify, each contestant must prepare and submit the following:
• A brief essay of 750-1,000 words about the collection. The essay must describe the nature and character of the collection, how and why it was assembled, when it was begun, and the future direction(s) it may take.
• A bibliography of the items in the collection, citing author, title, publisher, and place and date of publication. The importance of individual pieces should be noted, as well as any unusual attributes. A desiderata list should also be included with the submission.
After reviewing the essays and lists, the judges will ask finalists to bring their collections to the Mandeville Special Collections Library for final judging. Essays and bibliographies must be submitted by Friday, 24 April 24, 2009. Awards will be made in mid-May.

Essays and bibliographies should be sent to Lynda Claassen, Director of the Mandeville Special Collections Library, 0175-S. Questions about eligibility or process may also be directed to her at 858.534.1272 or lclaassen@ucsd.edu.

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