44. Rare Book Cataloging

Taught in 1994 by Suzy Taraba
(Evaluation of the RBS 1994 version of this course)

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 to cataloging both books from the handpress period and c19 and c20 books in a special collections context. Topics include: comparison of rare book and general cataloging; application of codes and standards; uses of special files; problems in transcription, collation and physical description; and setting cataloging policy within an institutional context.

Number of respondents: 16


Leave         Tuition        Housing        Travel

Institution   Institution    Institution    Institution
gave me leave paid tuition   paid housing   paid travel

100%          67%            40%            54%

I took vaca-  I paid tui-    I paid for my  I paid my own
tion time     tion myself    own housing    travel

0%            27%            42%            40%

N/A: self-    N/A: Self-     N/A: stayed    N/A: lived 
employed, re- employed,      with friends   nearby
tired, or had retired, or    or lived at
summers off   exchange       home

0%            6%             18%            6%

Nine students (56%) were rare book librarians, six students (38%) were general librarians with unspecified rare book duties, and one student (6%) was a general librarian with some rare book duties.