Consulting Services

business cardBooks are my life’s work.

Every job I’ve had since 1989 has been book-related. I’ll spare you the details of my early jobs: sales clerk in a book and stationery store in Mendota Heights, MN; book shelver at the Wellesley Free Library in Wellesley, MA; circulation desk clerk and, later, readers’ advisor at the Cambridge Public Library Main Branch in Cambridge, MA. Suffice to say, all of my education and work experience has led me to where I am today.

Until recently, I bought and sold antiquarian and collectible books for an incredible firm. Now I’m a freelance rare book consultant. What does that mean?

Almost anything, really:

Edit and proofread sales and exhibit catalogs; preview auctions, do pricing research, and place bids; appraise books; survey, arrange, and describe manuscript and archival collections; set up and staff booths at book and art fairs; broker books and collections; advise on hardware, software, and social media; curate collections. You ask; I might do it.

Email me: abby@abbyschoolman.com

I blog about contemporary fine art bookbinding in the Americas because it fascinates me and no one else writes about it enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Other than writing this blog since August 2013, this is what I’ve been up to:

Work Experience

Bauman Rare Books     2000-2014
New York, NY

Senior Sales Associate and Purchaser

  • Sold antiquarian and collectible books at Madison Avenue gallery
  • Purchased books both for customer wish lists and for general inventory
  • Previewed, did pricing research, and bid at auction
  • Customer relations
    • Documented every interaction with every customer
    • Maintained contact with a large number of customers and friendly relations with their personal assistants
    • Curated customer collections: selected appropriate books and documents for purchase; recommended and commissioned custom enclosures; arranged delivery to library sites; traveled to library sites to install large collections; returned periodically for maintenance, rearrangement, and assessment for restoration/conservation; documented all location changes and restoration/conservation actions; updated replacement values
  • Gallery and show management
    • Selected items for and installed constantly changing exhibits of inventory highlights in gallery showcases and windows
    • Prepared and installed occasional thematic exhibits; created display cards
    • Selected books for and set up showcases at book fairs and antiques shows
    • Traveled to book fairs in the United States, England, and Canada
    • Maintained accuracy of gallery training manual and assisted in training new employees
    • Packed and shipped inventory among the three BRB locations and to customers
    • Managed day-to-day finances of gallery: maintained and supervised use of petty cash, managed large cash deposits, deposited checks, paid bills using company checking account, organized currency exchange for overseas trips, maintained credit card processing and check depositing machines

American Jewish Historical Society     1997-2000
Waltham, MA and New York, NY

Associate Archivist and Rare Book Librarian

  • Surveyed, arranged, rehoused, and described archival collections
  • Designed format for finding aids
  • Hand-coded basic HTML and uploaded finding aids to AJHS website
  • Served as reference librarian/archivist for general public, genealogists, and academics
  • Moderated listserv
  • Supervised interns
  • Collaborated in the planning of The Center for Jewish History consortium
  • Assisted in organizing transfer of entire collection (except for Boston-related archives) from Brandeis University campus to new location within The Center of Jewish History in New York
  • Served on The Center for Jewish History consortium library and archives committees

Massachusetts General Hospital     1995-1997
Boston, MA

Assistant Archives Consultant

  • Conducted survey of archival material found underneath the risers of the original operating theater
  • Moved collection to temporary quarters
  • Arranged, rehoused, and described the photographs, manuscripts, and sketchbooks

Northeastern University Archives     1995-1996
Boston, MA

Archives Assistant

  • Arranged, rehoused, and wrote finding aids for both manuscript collections and University archives
  • Served as reference archivist for in-house and external queries
  • Catalogued every collection into new electronic database
  • Supervised student interns
  • Assisted in moving entire collection to temporary quarters and back to newly renovated space

Publications

American Bound: A blog about contemporary designer bookbinding in the Americas      www.American-Bound.com
Sex, Drugs, and Books: A four-part series on the BRB blog                www.baumanrarebooks.com/blog/category/sex-drugs-and-books/

Education

Simmons College, GSLIS    1994-1995
Boston, MA

M.S. Library Science and Archives Management

Wellesley College     1989-1993
Wellesley, MA

B. A. Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Cum Laude

Memberships

Guild of Book Workers

Guild of Book Workers New York Chapter

Designer Bookbinders

Book Club of California

 



Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s