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What's It Worth? Auction value appraisals of American Music collectables.

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King Library, 2nd Floor, Room 225

Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Your opportunity to have an auction value appraisal of your American Music collectable!


If you’ve heard of public television’s Antiques Roadshow, you surely have felt the excitement generated as a participant discovers that an item unearthed from the family attic, previously laden with cobwebs and covered in decades of dust, has just been deemed a much sought after treasure, and appraised at unimaginable worth.


In celebration of our America’s Music series and King Library’s 10th Anniversary, appraisers, Jane Alexiadis and Elizabeth Dalton from Michaan’s Auctions, will be assessing your American music collectables, for their auction value. For a reservation to have an auction value appraisal of your American Music treasure, please call 1-408-808-2357Spaces are limited, and for this reason, only one item for appraisal per person. All items to be appraised must have a connection to American Music.

Looking for an Expert in Historical Children's Books

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We seek an independent consultant with experience and knowledge in appraisal of children’s books.



San José Public Library owns a collection of materials called the Children’s Resource Collection (CRC), consisting of approximately 7200 non-circulating books and magazines dating from 1763 to 1996. The materials get little use, and we’re interested in appraising the collection to determine its value and make a decision as to its future. 


Scope of work

The consultant will evaluate the CRC materials and offer an appraisal of the collection as a whole as well as individual appraisals for any item for which the estimated value is over $25.00, or of special significance for another reason. The appraised values should be those at which the Library can reasonably expect to resell the items. Deliverables will include a written assessment of the collection’s condition and value; appraisals for the collection as a whole as well as individual items as stated above; and written recommendations for potential buyers for the collection. The consultant may also be asked to make a fifteen-minute presentation at a library management meeting to explain her/his findings.


The Library will inventory the collection before the consultant starts. We will provide full access to the collection Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, and other hours as mutually determined; office space for the duration of the project; a laptop for the duration of the project to be used for research within the library; and office supplies as needed.


How to apply

Please email the following materials to Daisy Porter, Manager of King Access, Children’s, and Youth,, by September 23.

• A résumé detailing your qualifications for evaluating historical books, especially children’s materials

• A letter of interest including your requested fee and the time you estimate it will take you to complete the project