WE HAVE DECIDED TO PUBLISH OUR ANNUAL REPORT OF ACTIVITIES ON THE WEBSITE SO HERE GOES: ESA President’s report 2016-17
The year as a whole
It has been a year of highs and lows.
The highs have included the return of the Symposium, an invitation to be a partner of Rare Book Week and more traffic on the website and Facebook page.
The lows have been loss of momentum on the publications, less support for the fairs, less support for the Symposium.
The presentations were interesting and covered a wide range. The location was convenient, the catering good and the day as a whole was a success.
But we had trouble attracting attendees. And there were no new attendees.
This has led to some thought about next time:
- Should it be a whole day?
- A half day?
- On a Sunday?
Or should it be speakers say 4 times a year in the evenings?
Rare Book Week
We had a ssession at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria’s upstairs meeting room. Mimmo Cozzolino spoke about the future of the rare book. Prompted by some of his own self-published works being added to the State Library of Victoria’s Rare Books Collection, Mimmo’s inquiries into what made for a sought after book was fascinating and well attended.
Next year we wondered about holding a modest exhibition about the ephemera of the book/reading. member Mary Newsome has agreed to speak about artist books.
The Facebook page has more than 500 likes which is a reasonable achievement. But it hasn’t seemed to produce much flow on interest in say the fairs or membership.
The website has started to attract a number of inquiries – maybe 10 a month – a good number about Fowler’s Vacola. Occasionally other inquiries have resulted in a benefit for members – people interested in buying from our dealer members and people interested in donating to our collecting members.
This has dropped into a hole. And there have been a couple of complaints and no doubt other ill feelings about the lack of journals and newsletters. We know from the lower attendance at the fairs and the symposium that this is the only real benefit many members get.
I will improve this and devote the more appropriate time to it.
The number of stall holders fluctuates. The numbers attending are on a slow decline. We are trialling a new start time to see if this assists. Nigel Shipley has suggested letting library card holders in for free. Good idea? I think so.
I don’t want to tweak too many things at once as we won’t know what is working and what isn’t. Ideas welcomed.
This year’s calendar left a big hole in winter and I have prepared a draft that attempts to fix this for discussion.
Thanks to the Committee: Edwin Jewell, Mimmo Cozzolino, Mick Stone David Harris, Garry James and Annette Shiell.
Thanks to those assisting at the fair: Garry James, David Harris, Debra Parry and Kris Waters.
Thanks to Edwin Jewell for running the symposium and to Mimmo Cozzolino, Andrew Hillier, David Harris and Annette Shiell for assistance on or in preparation for the day.