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Bookplates can be thought of as an old school way of telling one’s story. The use of bookplates is hundreds of years old. An early use was to identify books that belonged to individuals. Designs were personal – woven into designs were clues about the book owner. They were creative, humorous, and serious. Many included warnings of dire consequences if a book was stolen or not returned. Over the centuries, the art and design of bookplates changed, but they maintained a personal quality. Digital bookplates are a new application of old technology. They can represent an individual, family, or organization and can make a striking presence in a Web environment. Library applications include planned giving, fundraising, and donor relations, among others. The presentation will include both historical and modern examples of bookplates.


Presentation given at the 2017 Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference