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[BKARTS] New President of ILAB



PRESS RELEASE

"American Elected President of the International League of Antiquarian
Booksellers (ILAB)"

1ab8714.jpg Newly elected ILAB president Robert D. Fleck

Oslo, Norway. Robert D. Fleck of New Castle, Delaware, was recently elected
as the 18th President of the International League of Antiquarian
Booksellers (ILAB), the largest and most influential organization devoted
to rare books in the world (http://www.ilab-lila.com). Fleck is only the
second American to hold this office since its formation over 50 years ago.
The last American to be given this honor was Richard Wormser of Bethel,
Connecticut in 1965.

In his presidential acceptance speech, Bob stated that his primary goal for
his term of office is to "Tell the World about the ILAB" as he feels that
the organization, and all its guarantees to the public, is still not well
known to the average book collector. ILAB's world presence is comprised of
20 national organizations with almost 2,000 booksellers from 29 countries.

Robert (Bob) Fleck is the owner of Oak Knoll Books and Oak Knoll Press in
New Castle. He originally trained as a Chemical Engineer (BChE University
of Delaware and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia)
and worked for various companies for five years. His love of books and his own
collecting interests led him to establish Oak Knoll in 1976 and become a
full time antiquarian bookseller. Fleck served as President of the
Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the largest national
organization in the ILAB, from 1996 to 1998 capping many years of work as
Board member, Treasurer and Vice-President. His "holy grail" quest over his
years of work for the ABAA and ILAB has been to introduce the Internet to
the sometimes stodgy world of rare books. He has been at the forefront of
the efforts made by both organizations to establish web sites with
searchable data bases that cross over international boundaries.

He and his wife, Mildred Fleck, along with their son Rob reside in New
Castle, Delaware. Fleck has four children, none of whom have decided (yet!)
to follow their father's footsteps and become booksellers.

Contact:  Steven Temple, General Secretary
                  P. (416) 703 99 08   E. books@steventemplebooks.com
                  F. (416) 703 88 72

                  Keith R. Fletcher, Vice-President
                   P.  + 44 1279 843 883
                   F.  + 44 1279 842 830  E. keith@hmfletcher.co.uk

Release Date: October 21, 2002

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