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L-35. Advanced Rare Book Cataloging Workshop

Deborah J. Leslie

This course is intended for library catalogers who have mastered the basics of cataloging rare printed monographs according to Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), or its predecessor Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, and wish to solidify their expertise and receive specialized guidance in applying them. It is particularly suitable for those who have successfully completed Rare Book Cataloging (L-30).

The bulk of class time will be spent on full-level DCRM(B) cataloging of uncataloged rare books, using OCLC's Connexion client, with plenty of opportunity for questions, discussions, and correction. The course is not "advanced" in the sense that students will be given especially problematic materials to catalog; in this "advanced workshop," students and instructor alike will be looking at the materials together for the first time, discovering their problems (if any) and deciding on approaches. Students will create full catalog records complete with name, subject, genre/form and geographic access points, all in the context of a real-life rare book cataloging operation. Completed records will be added to Hamnet, the Folger's online catalog.

Although there are plenty of clear-cut, right-and-wrong ways to do things, much of the delight and challenge of cataloging derives from choosing the best way when the situation is ambiguous, anomalous, or just plain confusing. To that end, students should expect to participate in a collaborative environment.

In their personal statements, applicants should describe their experience in DCRM(B) or DCRB cataloging and submit 3 sample bibliographical records. Applicants are also invited to discuss the types of materials they would like to concentrate on, which the instructor will make every attempt to accommodate.  

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The course assumes its current title.


Deborah J. Leslie teaches this course for the first time as "Advanced Rare Book Cataloging."