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RARE BOOK SCHOOL is pleased to announce its 2002 Sessions, a collection of
five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning rare books, manuscripts,
the history of books and printing, and special collections to be held at
the University of Virginia.

FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure and
Rare Book School expanded course descriptions, providing additional details
about the courses offered and other information about Rare Book School,
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Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to
be of particular interest:

Archival Description (EAD) provides standardized machine-readable access to
primary resource materials. This course is aimed at archivists, librarians,
and museum personnel who would like an introduction to EAD that includes an
extensive supervised hands-on component. Students will learn SGML encoding
techniques in part using examples selected from among their own
institution's finding aids. Topics: the context out of which EAD emerged;
introduction to the use of SGML authoring tools and browsers; the
conversion of existing finding aids to EAD. Instructor: Daniel Pitti.

DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia's
Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian
for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was
the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative.

continuation of course L-070, Introduction to Electronic Texts and Images,
this course will further develop practical skills for the use of TEI, the
manipulation of XML datasets, and the delivery of data through stylesheets.
Topics include: TEI document design for multiple genres and for
cross-database searching; reading and modifying DTDs; the mechanics of
SGML/ XML conversion; basic PERL skills; grants and project management
strategies; XSL stylesheets for content formatting, transformation, a nd
delivery; XML conversion to ebook formats (including Palm, MS Reading, OeB,
and PDF); and basic Unix skills, including a guide to Unix
text-manipulation utilities. The RBS course L-070. Introduction to
Electronic Texts and Images, is normally a prere quisite for this course,
though applications from those with equivalent experience in creating,
parsing, and manipulating SGML or XML content will also be accepted (with
particular consideration given to TEI or EAD experience).Instructor: David
Seaman with Christine Ruotolo and Matthew Gibson.

DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the internationally-known
Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia.
He lectures and writes frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation
and use of electronic texts in the humanities.