L-30. Rare Book Cataloging

Deborah J. Leslie

Aimed at catalogers who find that their present duties include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of books in their rare materials or special collections and want to be trained in applying Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). Heavy emphasis will be placed on books of the hand-press era, with some consideration of nineteenth- and twentieth-century books in special collections. Topics include:

  • application of codes and standards, especially DCRM(B)
  • transcription, collation, and physical description
  • concepts of edition, impression, issue, state
  • genre/form terms, relationship designators, other special files
  • copy-specific description
  • cataloging policy in institutional contexts

This course is restricted to working catalogers experienced in AACR2 and/or RDA and MARC 21, and general cataloging principles and practices. No prior knowledge of early books is necessary. The goal of the course is to provide instruction and practice in each of the primary elements of the rare book catalog record, so that students will be equipped to catalog their institution’s rare books and special collections materials to national standards. Please note that this course covers printed monographs only—not serials, manuscripts, maps, music, graphics, or scrapbooks.

Special note on RDA: instruction emphasis is for classic DCRM(B), that is, DCRM(B) as published, which has its basis in AACR2. However, RDA-compliant DCRM(B) will addressed throughout the course and will be accommodated in classroom exercises.

Requirements: In their personal statement, applicants should describe their experience with machine-readable AACR2 and/or RDA cataloging, provide a brief description of the types and date range of materials they expect to catalog with DCRM(B), and whether they are expected to produce RDA-compliant records at their home institutions. In addition, applicants are required to submit 1–3 typical bibliographic records of materials they are currently cataloging, preferably original cataloging of modern books.

Course History

1998–
Deborah J. Leslie teaches this course, generally once or twice per year.
1983–1997
Various instructors taught this course fourteen times during this period.

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Deborah J. Leslie

Deborah J. Leslie

Deborah J. Leslie is Senior English Cataloger 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 chaired the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee from 2001 to 2007 and was a principal editor of DCRM(B).

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