Australian bookseller Sally Burdon has been named the new president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, succeeding Gonzalo F. Pontes, Fine Books & Collections reported. She has been part of the ILAB committee since 2014 and served as v-p under Pontes for the past two years. She will be supported by ILAB v-p Fabrizio Govi (Italy).
Burdon, part of a family of antiquarian booksellers, was in effect a bookseller in training from the age of 10. After living overseas for a time, she returned to Canberra in 1982 and started working full time in the family business, which is now known as Asia Bookroom. She is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, served on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for three years and has organized conferences on bookselling in Australia.
ILAB noted that Burdon "is dedicated to bookseller education, supporting future generations of booksellers through programs such as the Mentoring Scheme and to the promotion of high standards throughout the trade."