Rare Book School (RBS) is pleased to announce its 2009 course
offerings. Each year, RBS offers from 20 to 30 five-day, non-credit
courses on topics concerning book history, old and rare books,
manuscripts, and special collections.
In 2009, these five-day, intensive offerings include:
20-24 July 2009: Designing Archival Description Systems,
taught by Daniel Pitti
This course made its successful debut last year; previous student
evaluations are linked from the course description above. Both the
instructor and the students in the first year found it to be an
intense and rewarding experience. If a week of brainstorming with
professional colleagues would benefit you, please consider applying
for this course.
Released in 1998, Encoded Archival Description (EAD) has enabled
archivists to publish standardized Internet-accessible finding aids.
EAD has also provided the archival community with the opportunity to
gain a better understanding of emerging technologies and standards and
the opportunities presented by them to transform and enhance archival
description. The course will focus on the design of archival
descriptive systems by exploring markup and database technologies, the
International Council on Archives' (ICA) standards, and the related
communication standards. This course is aimed at technologists,
archivists, and librarians that either are or are contemplating
designing and implementing an advanced archival descriptive system,
and individuals interested in archival description theory.
This course will explore in detail markup and database technologies,
efforts underway to integrate the two technologies, and the
opportunity provided by this integration for transforming archival
description. Students will then read and discuss the ICA standards
ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), ISDF, and ISDIAH, and the interrelation of the
four standards to form a complete archival descriptive system.
Students then will explore the complementary communication standards
EAD, EAC-CPF, EAG, and the potential for developing a communication
standard for ISDF. Finally, the students will develop an archival
description system implementation model based on markup and database
technologies. While the course will have some hands-on components, the
objective will be to develop a conceptual model of a complete archival
Applicants *must* have a good knowledge of archival descriptive
practices *as well as* experience using either markup or database
technologies. In their personal statement, applicants should indicate
their relevant archival background, the extent of their previous
experience with computers in general and EAD in particular, and
describe their role (present or future) in the implementation of
archival description systems in their home institution.
The tuition for each RBS 2009 course is $895. For information about
related expenses, including dormitory and hotel accommodations, see
the recently updated Travel & Accommodations page