About S&P, this blog, etc
Who am I?
The reviews editor of Script and Print: Dr Patrick Spedding, Monash University, Melbourne. I can be reached at the following email address:
What is a blog?
"Blog is the contraction universally used for weblog, a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary), displayed in a reverse chronological order" (for more information, see the Wikipedia entry here).
This blog offers a less formal, and more regular, method of communication than Script and Print itself. As stated, it will contain updates on the progress of Script and Print, sneak previews of upcoming articles and reviews, informal opinion pieces, and miscellaneous news and information that may be of interest to members and accidental visitors.
Concerning the BSANZ
The BSANZ was founded in Melbourne in February 1969. Modelled on the Bibliographical Society (UK; see here) and the Bibliographical Society of America (here), the Society has as its province all the studies that form part of, or are related to, physical bibliography: the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, type founding, papermaking, bookbinding; palaeography and codicology, writing, editing and textual bibliography. No countries or periods are excluded from its preoccupations. The Society encourages the interdisciplinary study of these subjects, which are often described, collectively, as Book History or Print Cultures.
The Society seeks to encourage scholarly enquiry and thereby to improve the quality of bibliographical work being done in Australia and New Zealand. To this end, the Society has been closely associated with the Australia and New Zealand Early Imprints Project (revived as the Australian Book Heritage Resources Project) and with the on-going History of the Book in Australia projects (see here).
The membership of the Society is predictably diverse: academics drawn from a wide range of disciplines (literature and history; increasingly also: communications, sociology and psychology); rare book and special collection librarians; antiquarian booksellers; book, print and ephemera collectors; and printers and publishers interested in the history of their craft. Provision is made for students as well as ordinary members, while institutions interested in the Society's publications have available to them a special membership category. The bond uniting all these members is concern for and interest in serious and scholarly bibliographical research.
Script and Print (ISSN 1834-9013) is the new title for the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin (ISSN 0084-7852). The journal, first published in March 1970, is issued quarterly to all paid-up members of the Society. Script and Print is a refereed scholarly journal of international standing.
The Society's Occasional Publications series offers a variety of research. Recent publications include Stephen J. Herrin's The development of printing in nineteenth-century Ballarat and a collection of 35 essays ranging across Australian, French and English book history: The Culture of the Book: Essays from Two Hemispheres in Honour of Wallace Kirsop.
The Broadsheet functions as the Society's newsletter. It appears irregularly.