Webinar: How libraries in Australasia can work with the ILAB Missing Books Register

This webinar provided an introduction to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers’ Missing Books Register. 



Sally Burdon, the Immediate Past President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), introduces the Missing Books Register. 

Pre-recorded interview:

Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian and Director of Library Services at the University of Cambridge, shares the remarkable story of the recovery of scientist Charles Darwin’s missing notebooks.

Case Study: 

Anthony Tedeschi, Curator of Rare Books and Fine Printing at the National Library of New Zealand, explains how he integrates the ILAB Missing Books Register into his daily workflows and provides an example of its use through a case study.

Panel Discussion: 

Anthony Tedeschi and Sally Burdon, along with Maggie Patton, Head of Collection Acquisition and Curation at the State Library of New South Wales, answer questions from the audience, about their experiences in dealing with missing or stolen books.

About the Missing Books Register:

In 2021, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) relaunched its Missing Books Register for the documentation of missing and stolen books, manuscripts, maps, prints, ephemera, and valuable materials.

The platform empowers booksellers, libraries, and collectors to collaborate by providing a reliable mechanism for the fast registration of lost or stolen items, and a central database that can be checked prior to purchasing rare materials, preventing missing or stolen items from being sold and redistributed unintentionally or illegally.