March 2017 Dinner Meeting

  • 03/15/2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


  • Speaker and speaker's guest; event administrator, A/V technician
  • No meal collection, attendee will pay the ULC directly
  • Program only, does not include the dinner.

Registration is closed

John Wilkin

“Beyond Caxton’s Printing Press: From the Short Title Catalogue to an Open Access High Fidelity Collection of Early English Books”

The early publishing history of Great Britain is the fertile ground upon which some of the most remarkable coordinated bibliographic work has flourished. Several individuals exhaustively catalogued and reproduced British literature from 1473-1700, producing a wonderful bibliography on microfilm and digital files. Wilkin will discuss the efforts of Wing, Pollard and Redgrave in creating the English Short Title Catalogue, the subsequent efforts creating the ESTC microfilm and Early English Books Online (EEBO) digital projects, and the Text Creation Partnership, a worldwide consortium of libraries creating a searchable full EEBO text. Wilkin will also briefly discuss the deficiencies of the current online images and ways access can continue to be improved.

John Wilkin is the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he served as executive director of the HathiTrust and Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Technology at the University of Michigan.

Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd.

Social Gathering: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Club Announcements and Program: 6:00 PM
Three-course dinner ($60) immediately follows the program
. Drinks are $7 - $9.  Program without dinner is free and open to the public.

Reservations are required for the program only and for the program/dinner combination.  Reservations must be received no later than noon on Monday, March 13.  Dinner no-shows or cancellations after the deadline will require payment.

Payment for reservations made by phone or e-mail (phone 312-255-3710;  email will be collected at the event, cash or check only.  Caxton Club members may register in advance and pay with Paypal at this Web address (  No on-line cancellations.


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710