Deborah J. Leslie

Deborah J. Leslie is Head of Cataloging at the Folger Shakespeare Library, a position she has held since 1999. She has worked as a rare book cataloger since 1992, first at the Library Company of Philadelphia and then at Yale University.

Leslie has had a long association with the ALA Rare Book and Manuscripts Section Bibliographic Standards Committee, as member, Thesaurus Editor, and finally Chair of that committee from 2001-2007. She was chief editor of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), published in 2007.

Leslie has taught Rare Book Cataloging at the Rare Book School (University of Virginia) since 1998, as well as at California Rare Book School in 2006 and 2007, the Australasian Rare Book School in New Zealand in 2007, and Oslo in 2001. Leslie received a B.A. in history from California State University, Fresno (1981); an M.A. in history from Indiana University (1983), and an MLS with a specialization in rare book bibliography and in cataloging from UCLA (1990). She holds memberships in the Bibliographical Society of America and the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.

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