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Rare Book School Winter/Spring Sessions 2000

Winter/Spring Sessions 2000

[Please excuse any cross-posting.]

Rare Book School (RBS) Winter and Spring Sessions 2000 offer various
five-day, non-credit courses on bookish subjects. These courses have all
been offered at RBS in the past, and they are identical in content to the
RBS summer session versions (for course evaluations, see the RBS Web site,
listed below). Students make a full-time commitment to any RBS course they
attend, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday; most students also attend an
informal dinner on the Sunday evening before their first class on Monday.
The tuition for each five-day Winter and Spring Session course is $640.
Reasonably-priced hotel accommodation is readily available nearby. For an
application form, write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University
of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498; or fax 804/924-8824; or email
oldbooks@virginia.edu; or telephone 804/924-8851. Electronic copies of the
application form and other RBS documents can be accessed through our World
Wide Web site:


Monday - Friday 10-14 January 2000

11 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1890. The identification of illustration processes
and techniques, including woodcut, etching, engraving, stipple, aquatint,
mezzotint, lithography, wood engraving, steel engraving, process relief,
collotype, photogravure, and color printing. The course will be taught
almost entirely from the extensive Book Arts Press files of examples of
illustration processes. As part of the course, students will make their own
etchings, drypoints, and relief cuts in supervised laboratory sessions.
Offered again in the May session. Instructor: Terry Belanger.

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to tell the difference
between the various relief, intaglio, and planographic printing methods
used in printed book illustration in the period before the domination of
photographic processes. The emphasis of the course will be on process
rather than on connoisseurship, on execution rather than design, and on the
practical rather than the theoretical. Almost the sole medium of
instruction will be actual examples of original prints drawn from the
substantial BAP collection, many of them divided into suites or -- as they
are known locally -- packets of twelve prints all from the same (or a very
similar) source. The twelve students in the class study the packets under
close supervision, using 8X loupes and 30X microscopes (both provided), as
necessary. During the course, students will make and print a linoleum cut,
a zinc etching, and an acrylic drypoint. These are exercises in
reproductive -- not creative -- work: no artistic ability of any kind
whatsoever is either necessary or expected.

practice of rare book librarianship. Topics include: the function of rare
books in libraries; the interpretation of rare book collections to their
publics; patterns of use; special collections reference materials;
security; environmental desiderata; exhibitions and publications; and
friends' groups. Instructor: Daniel Traister.

This course is open to all those with an interest in the subject. Class
sessions will include lectures, discussion, and visits to local booksellers
and the UVa's Special Collections department. Note that this is not in
general a hands-on course; its intention is to give relative newcomers the
broadest possible general overview of the field. Topics include: (1)
definition and purpose of rare books and rare book collections -- the
determinants of rarity and of value, the appropriateness of rare book
collections in libraries, developing criteria for identifying rarities in
the general collection, the commitment to security and quality of the
collection; (2) collection development -- ascertaining areas of strength
and building to them, learning the processes of acquisition (the rare book
market and its practices), creating a new field for collecting, building a
reference collection to serve the unit, relating collections within the
library to each other; (3) technical processing: discussion of catalogs,
calendars, and shelflists; describing individual books and collections;
relating the rare book collection to the general collection of the library;
elementary repair techniques; conservation and planning for growth;
lighting; readers' and staff facilities; (4) relating the rare book
collection to its various clienteles and to the public: special interest
groups and their needs, the curator in the classroom, preparation of
exhibits, use of the media for publicity, Friends of the Library groups,
fund-raising activities, publications; and public relations.

(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 institution's 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.

The course is aimed primarily at archivists who process and describe
collections in finding aids, though it will also be useful to repository
administrators contemplating the implementation of EAD Version 1.0, and to
technologists working in repositories. The course will cover the following
areas: the history of EAD and its theoretical and technological
foundations; an introduction to Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
and Extensible Markup Language (XML), including discussions of authoring
and network publishing tools; a detailed exploration of the structure of
EAD; use of software tools to create and publish finding aids; discussion
of conversion techniques and methodologies, and templates for the creation
of new finding aids; and the integration and management of EAD in an
archive or library. The class will jointly encode and publish a finding aid
that will illustrate a wide variety of essential EAD and SGML concepts.
Students will also encode one of their own finding aids. Applicants must
have a basic knowledge of archival descriptive practices as well as
experience using word-processing software with a graphical user interface.
Some experience with the World Wide Web and HTML will aid the learning
process. In the personal statement on their applications, prospective
students should indicate their relevant archival background, the extent of
their previous experience with computers in general and graphical user
interfaces and EAD in particular, and describe their role (present or
future) in the implementation of EAD in their home institution.

Monday 13 March - Friday 17 March 2000

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 gain practice
in determining format and collation and in writing standard descriptions of
signings and pagination. In daily museum sessions, students will have the
opportunity to see a wide variety of printed books drawn from the extensive
Book Arts Press laboratory collections. Instructors: Terry Belanger and
Richard Noble.

This course is intended for persons who want to develop a better
understanding of the physical description of books, particularly those
books produced before about 1850. Each class day is divided into four
parts: lecture, homework, lab, and museum. Daily lectures concentrate on
methods of determining format and collation, and of describing type, paper,
illustrations, binding, and the circumstances of publication. Students
prepare for daily laboratory sessions in which they work, under close
supervision, with progressively more difficult examples of various formats
and collations. During the daily museum periods, students have extensive
hands-on access to the celebrated BAP realia collections: tools and
equipment, samples and examples, self-teaching packages, and the like.

22 ELECTRONIC TEXTS AND IMAGES. A practical exploration of the research,
preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of electronic texts and images
in the humanities. The course will center around the creation of a set of
archival- quality etexts and digital images, for which we shall also create
an Encoded Archival Description guide. Topics include: SGML tagging and
conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines; the form and
implications of XML; publishing on the World Wide Web; and the management
and use of online texts. See <http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/rbs/99> for
details about last summer's course. Some experience with HTML is a
prerequisite for admission to the course. Offered again in Week 4.
Instructor: David Seaman.

This course will provide a wide-ranging and practical exploration of
electronic texts and related technologies. It is aimed primarily (although
not exclusively) at librarians and scholars keen to develop, use, publish,
and control electronic texts for library, research, or teaching purposes.
Drawing on the experience and resources available at UVa's Electronic Text
Center, the course will cover the following areas: how to create
archival-quality etexts, including digital image facsimiles; the necessity
of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) for etext development and
use; the implications of XML; text analysis software; and the management
and use of Web-based SGML text databases. As a focus for our study of
etexts, the class will create an electronic version of an archival
document, mark its structure with SGML ("TEI") tagging, create digital
images of sample pages and illustrations, produce a hypertext version, and
make the results available on the Internet. Applicants need to have some
experience with the tagging of HTML documents. In their personal statement,
applicants should assess the extent of their present knowledge of the
electronic environment, and outline a project of their own to which they
hope to apply the skills learned in this course.

Monday - Friday 8 - 12 May 2000

31 BOOK ILLUSTRATION TO 1890. This course will be offered twice in the RBS
2000 Winter/Spring sessions (for the course description, see no. 11). The
two sessions will have identical content.

32 RARE BOOK CATALOGING. Aimed at catalog librarians who find that their
present duties include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of rare
books and/or special collections materials. Attention will be given both to
cataloging books from the hand-press period and 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; setting cataloging policy within an institutional context.
Instructor: Deborah J. Leslie.

This course -- restricted to working catalogers experienced in AACR2r,
MARC, and general cataloging principles and practices -- will provide
training in the application of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books (DCRB).
Lectures, discussion, and exercises will center around the following
topics: DCRB and the differences between rare book and general cataloging;
basic concepts of edition, issue, and state; the organization of the
cataloging record, including levels of detail and variety of access points;
problems in transcription, format and collation, and physical description;
recent developments in codes and standards; the uses and requirements of
special files; and setting rare book and/or special collections cataloging
policy within an institutional context. The goal of this course is to
provide an introduction to each of the primary elements of the rare book
catalog record, so that students will be equipped to begin cataloging their
institutions' rare book and special collections materials. Although some
attention will be given to post-1800 books, the primary focus will be on
books of the hand-press era.    In their personal statement, applicants should
describe their experience with machine-readable AACR2 cataloging and
provide a brief description of the types of materials they expect to
catalog. They are also encouraged to mention specific problems they have
encountered (or anticipate encountering) in their work, whether of a
concrete nature or concerning broader issues in cataloging


TERRY BELANGER founded RBS in 1983 at Columbia University. Since 1992, he
has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special Collections
at the University of Virginia. In 1997, the Book Arts Press, which he
founded in 1972, celebrated its 25th anniversary.

DEBORAH J. LESLIE is Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare Library,
before which she was a rare book catalog librarian at Yale University. She
has also worked as a cataloger at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She
was RBMS thesaurus editor from 1995 to 1998.

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). He has been connected with RBS
in various capacities since 1988.

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.

DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the nationally-known Electronic
Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He lectures
and writes frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation and use of
electronic texts in the humanities.

DANIEL TRAISTER is Curator, Research Services, Annenberg Rare Book &
Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania. He has published many
important articles on rare book librarianship. He has taught annually in
RBS since 1983.

Terry Belanger  :  University Professor  :   University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA  22903
Tel: 804/924-8851   FAX: 804/924-8824  email: belanger@virginia.edu
              URL: http://www.virginia.edu/oldbooks/

Book Arts Press                      ph: 804/924-8851
114 Alderman Library                fax: 804/924-8824
University of Virginia            email: oldbooks@virginia.edu
Charlottesville, VA  22903      website: <http://www.virginia.edu/oldbooks>

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