L-30. Rare Book Cataloging - Advance Reading List
Read Before Coming and Bring With You to Class
Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 3rd printing with corrections, 2011 (ISBN:970-0-8444-1162-0). DCRM(B) is out of print, and is freely available as a PDF. Please note that the front cover is available as a separate PDF file. Before coming to class, familiarize yourself with this manual, paying special attention to the preface and introductory sections, area 4, and Appendix G. Make sure you have this title and not Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, or the 1st or 2nd printings of DCRM(B).
Belanger, Terry. “Descriptive Bibliography.” In Book Collecting: a Modern Guide, edited by Jean Peters, 97–115. New York & London: R.R. Bowker, 1977. This is a mandatory text, but out of print. Students are encouraged to hunt down a copy, read several times, and bring with them to Charlottesville for additional review during the week.
Read Before Coming to Class
Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972, rev 1974, &c. 1995 pb version currently in print (Winchester: St Paul’s Bibliographies & New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books). Familiarize yourself with the scope and contents of Gaskell before coming to class, read pages 313–320 (“Identification”), pages 328–335 (“Formula”), and as much else as you have time for.
Leslie, Deborah J. and Benjamin Griffin. “Transcription of Early Letter Forms in Rare Materials Cataloging,” 2003. A discussion paper prepared for the DCRM Working Conference. You may find this slow-going, but starting on understanding the concepts before coming class will give you a head start when we get to advanced transcription.
Optional Pre-Course Reading
Tanselle, G. Thomas. “Descriptive Bibliography and Library Cataloguing.” In Studies in Bibliography 30 (1977): 1–56.
Tanselle, G. Thomas. “The Concept of Format.” In Studies in Bibliography 53:2 (2000): 27–115.
Tanselle, G. Thomas. “The Bibliographical Concepts of Issue and State.” In Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 69:1 (1975): 17–66.
Post-Course Titles of Potential Interest
Library systems & records
Raine, Henry, and Laura Stalker. “Rare Book Records in Online Systems.” In Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship 11:2 (1996): 103–118.
Guide to Rare Book Records in Online Systems, available online. A bit dated, but still useful in identifying aspects and features of online library systems necessary for appropriate indexing, searching, and display of rare materials and special collections.
Bradshaw, Elaine Beckley and Stephen C. Wagner. “A Common Ground: Communication and Allegiance Between Cataloger and Curator for Improved Access to Rare Books and Special Collections.” In College & Research Libraries 61:6 (November 2000): 525–534. Although leaving something to be desired in academic rigor, this article provides an overview of some of the issues involved in setting policy.
Taraba, Suzy. “Administering the Cataloging of Special Collections Materials.” In Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship 7:2 (1992): 87–90.
Special collections cataloging
Ascher, James P. “Progressing Toward Bibliography.” In RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 10:2 (2009): 95–110.
Russell, Beth M. “Looking for Someone Special: Special Collections Cataloging, 1980–2000.” In Library Resources and Technical Services 47:4 (October 2003): 149–159.