RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Winter and Early Spring Sessions 2004, 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 the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions, providing additional details about the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our Web site at: http://www.rarebookschool.org Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to be of particular interest: 13 (L-70). ELECTRONIC TEXTS & IMAGES. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 5-9 JANUARY). A practical exploration of the research, preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of electronic texts and images in the humanities. The course will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images, for which we shall also create an Encoded Archival Description guide. Topics include: SGML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines; the form and implications of XML; publishing on the World Wide Web; and the management and use of online texts. Some experience with HTML is a prerequisite for admission to the course. Instructor: David Seaman DAVID SEAMAN became Director of the Digital Library Federation in 2002. He was the founding director of the internationally-known Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. 24 (L-80). IMPLEMENTING ENCODED ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8-12 MARCH). Encoded 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 institutions' 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. He has taught this course since 1997, usually twice annually.