Rare Book Cataloging

Current faculty: Randal S. Brandt
Location: UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

Description: Aimed at catalog librarians who find that their present duties include (or shortly will include) the cataloging of rare books or special collections materials. Attention will be given primarily to cataloging books from the hand-press period, with some discussion given to 19th and 20th century books in a special collections context.

Topics include:

  • comparison of rare book and general cataloging
  • application of codes and standards, especially DCRM(B)
  • uses of special files
  • problems in transcription, collation, and physical description
  • setting cataloging policy within an institutional context

This course is restricted to working catalogers experienced in AACR2, and/or RDA, MARC 21, and general cataloging principles and practices. No prior knowledge of early books is necessary. The goal of the course is to provide practice in each of the primary elements of the rare book catalog record, so that students will be equipped to begin cataloging their institutions rare book and special collections materials.

Requirements:  In their personal statement, applicants should describe their experience with machine-readable AACR2 and/or RDA cataloging and provide a brief description of the types and date range of materials they expect to catalog with DCRM(B). In addition, applicants are requested to submit 1-3 typical bibliographic records of materials they currently are cataloging, preferably original cataloging of modern books or serials.

Years taught by Randal S. Brandt: 2009, 2011 (UC Berkeley), 2012 (UC Berkeley), 2014 (UCLA), 2016 (UC Berkeley), 2017 (UC Berkeley)

Years taught by Deborah J. Leslie : 2006, 2007

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