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.

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the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions, providing additional details about
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Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to
be of particular interest:

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.

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.