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RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer Sessions 2004, 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.

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

84. RARE BOOK CATALOGING (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 2-6 AUGUST). Aimed at catalog 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.

43. VISUAL MATERIALS CATALOGING (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 14-18 JUNE). Aimed at librarians and archivists who catalog published and unpublished visual materials. The emphasis will be on C19 and C20 prints and photographs being handled either as single items or as collections. Topics include: descriptive and subject cataloging; form and genre access; special problems in physical description; comparison of Graphic Materials, AACR2 (Chapter 8), and APPM guidelines; the relationship between physical processing and cataloging; establishing institutional priorities. Instructor: Helena Zinkham.

HELENA ZINKHAM worked as a reference and technical services librarian at both the Maryland and New-York Historical Societies before joining the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, where she is head of the Technical Services Section. She has taught this course several times since 1998, before which it was taught by Jackie Dooley.

85. PUBLISHING EAD FINDING AIDS. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 2-6 AUGUST). This course will introduce students to standards and software used for publishing Extensible Markup Language (XML) encoded documents, with a focus on EAD encoded finding aids. It is aimed at systems support personnel in archives, libraries, and museums, or self-supporting archivists, librarians, and museum staff who would like an introduction to EAD publishing technology and methods. The course will focus on writing stylesheets using Extensible Stylesheet Language - Transformation (XSLT), but will also cover Web server technology, available software for indexing and searching XML encoded information, and use of Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Formatting Objects to produce printed finding aids. Topics include: in-depth introduction to the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL); authoring of stylesheets using the XSLT language, focusing on XML to XML, and XML to HTML transformations; implementing Web servers to perform real time XML to HTML transformations; use of multiple stylesheets and frames; survey and functional evaluation of available indexing and searching software; use of XSL Transformation and Formatting Objects to produce PostScript, PDF, RTF, and other printable encodings; survey and functional evaluation of XSL and XSLT software. The course will conclude with a discussion of management and administrative issues presented by Web publishing. 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 taught this course for the first time in 2002.

83. INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 2-6 AUGUST). An introduction to the physical examination and description of printed books, especially of the period 1550-1875. Designed both for those with little previous formal exposure to this subject and for those with some general knowledge of the field who wish to be presented with a systematic discussion of the elements of physical description. A major part of the course will consist of small, closely supervised laboratory sessions in which students will practice the determination of format and collation, and the writing of standard descriptions of signings and pagination. In daily museum sessions, students will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of printed books and other materials drawn from the extensive Rare Book School laboratory collections. Instructors: Terry Belanger and Richard Noble.

TERRY BELANGER, founding director of Rare Book School, is University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. He has been teaching descriptive bibliography steadily since 1971.

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). Terry Belanger and various co-instructors taught this course at Rare Book School ten times between 1985 and 1996; since 1997, he and Richard Noble have co-taught the course at least once annually.

Rare Book School
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PO Box 400103
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103
Phone: 434-924-8851
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