RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Summer
Sessions 2001, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics
concerning the history of the book, book illustration and encoded archival
description to be held at the University of Virginia from 4 June - 10 August.
THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL prerequisites for RBS courses vary.
Some courses are primarily directed toward research librarians and archivists.
Others are intended for academics, persons working in the antiquarian book
trade, bookbinders and conservators, professional and avocational students of
the history of books and printing, book collectors, and others with an
in the subjects being treated.
THE TUITION FOR EACH FIVE-DAY COURSE, as of Spring 2001, is $745. Reasonably
-priced hotel accommodation is readily available nearby.
FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure
and the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions (ECDs), providing additional details
about the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our Web site
Or write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia,
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498; fax 804/924-8824; email [log in to unmask];
or telephone 804/924-8851.
Subscribers to EAD may find the following Rare Book School course to be of
IMPLEMENTING ENCODED ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION
-Course 45 16 July-20 July
-Course 65 30 July-3 August
Instructor: Daniel Pitti
This course will provide a practical introduction to the application of
Encoded Archival Description (EAD) to the encoding of archive and
manuscript library finding aids. 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
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 their personal statement, applicants 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