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Uniting Business with Scholarship
History of the Library of Social Science: Volume IV
By Richard A. Koenigsberg
Please scroll down the page for photos of early book exhibits
This is the fourth in a series of Newsletters on the history of Library of Social Science.
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During the decade, 1990-2000, Library of Social Science Book Exhibits evolved into a company. However, the development of my business was never separate from my life as a researcher, scholar and writer.

I continued my relationship with the International Society of Political Psychology during 1990, 1992, 1993 and 1994. But we'd invented a business paradigm. Why not apply the book exhibit concept we'd developed for ISPP to other conferences and disciplines? Gradually, we began to organize book exhibits for other meetings, increasing the number each year.

We organized and managed book exhibits for approximately 140 conferences between 1990 and 2000. However, even as I developed my business, it wasn't clear that I was a businessman. Analyzing the data, 1990-2000, it turns out that I gave presentations at fifty-one conferences during this period.

Did I give presentations because I was going to the meetings to organize book exhibits? Or did I organize book exhibits at these meetings in order to give me the opportunity to present papers?

In any case, I was killing two birds with one stone. I was developing my business, as well a reputation as a scholar and lecturer. Was the dog wagging the tail, or the tail wagging the dog? Which was the dog and which the tail?

Please scroll down the page for photos of our early book exhibits.

Meeting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, Santa Barbara, California, December 9, 1994. From 1990-2000, Mei Ha Chan and I worked as a team at nearly every one of the approximately 140 book exhibits we organized. Abandoning Manhattan for the first time since I graduated from college, I visited many cities in the course of our travels. Santa Barbara was one of the most beautiful, although—as usual—we spent most of our time with the books.
64th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Baltimore, March 17, 1994. I'm holding three books I'd authored, which I sold alongside books by the publishers Library of Social Science represented. This was one of the rare occasions when we "rented a booth." I presented a paper on "Nazism as an Immunological Fantasy."
American Historical Society, Pacific Coast Branch, San Diego, CA; August 8, 1998. By this time, our template had begun to jell: ten tables at a central location near registration and/or coffee breaks. In the photo, I'm checking the set-up—just before the arrival of attendees.
Mei Ha did the onsite work for the Society for Cross Cultural Research in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1998—for the first time, without me. In the photo above, I'm at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, Indiana University, Bloomington, April 20-23, 2000. After this meeting, my career as an onsite book exhibit manager began to wind down.