Cataloging/EAD/Desbib courses at Virginia -- Rare Book School Stephen Clark 01 Oct 2002 18:39 UTC

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Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 14:30:39 -0400
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Subject: Cataloging/EAD/Desbib courses at Virginia

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RARE BOOK SCHOOL is pleased to announce its Winter and Spring 2003
Sessions, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics
concerning rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing,
and special collections to be held at the University of Virginia.

FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure
and Rare Book School expanded course descriptions, providing additional
details about the courses offered and other information about Rare Book
School, visit our Web site at


Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses
to be of particular interest:

librarians who find that their present duties include (or shortly will
include) the cataloging of rare books or special collections materials.
Attention will be given primarily to cataloging books from the
hand-press period, with some discussion given to c19 and c20 books in a
special collections context. Topics include: comparison of rare book and
general cataloging; application of codes and standards (especially
DCRB); uses of special files; problems in transcription, collation and
physical description; and setting cataloging policy within an
institutional context.
Instructor: Deborah J. Leslie.

DEBORAH J. LESLIE is Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare
Library, before which she held positions as rare book cataloger at Yale
University and at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is the chair
of the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee. Various instructors
taught this Rare Book School course 14 times between 1983 and 1997; DJL
has taught it at least once annually since 1998.

6-10). Encoded Archival Description (EAD) provides standardized
machine-readable access to primary resource materials. This course is
aimed at archivists, librarians, and museum personnel who would like an
introduction to EAD that includes an extensive supervised hands-on
component. Students will learn SGML encoding techniques in part using
examples selected from among their own institutions' finding aids. Topics:
the context out of which EAD emerged; introduction to the use of SGML
authoring tools and browsers; the conversion of existing finding aids to
EAD. Instructor: Daniel Pitti

DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian
for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He
was the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative. He
has taught this course since 1997, usually twice annually.

continuation and extension of Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography
(G-10), this course is based on the intensive examination of a
representative range of books from the c16-c19. The goal of the course
is to deepen students' familiarity with the physical composition of
books; to gain further experience in the use of Fredson Bowers'
Principles of Bibliographical Description; and to consider critically
some of the uses of Bowers' method (and its limitations) in the
production of catalogs, bibliographies, critical editions, and histories
of books and reading.
Instructor: Richard Noble.

RICHARD NOBLE is Rare Books Cataloguer at the John Hay Library, Brown
University. He is co-author (with Joan Crane) of Guy Davenport: A
Descriptive Bibliography 1947-1995 (1996), and co-editor of The Dramatic
Works of George Lillo (1993). He has taught this Rare Book School course
twice since 1999.