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Cataloging rare books [Feb. 12th, 2008|03:56 pm]
The Order of St. Jerome: SCA Librarians

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[estllechauvelin]
I'm a substitute librarian still working on her MLS, and this semester I'm taking Advanced Cataloging. Our big project for the semester is, in small groups, to prepare a thirty minute lesson for the class on cataloging some type of material that isn't being covered elsewhere on the schedule, and like any good SCA nerd, I went and signed up for the "Rare books: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early American Works" group in spite of the fact that it was second to last on a list organized from the easiest to the most difficult.

All our group has to start us off is this. If any of you have any experience with this sort of thing, know of other resources about this sort of thing, know how I can get in touch with an expert in this sort of thing, or better yet are an expert yourself and would be willing to answer some questions, any help would be appreciated.
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-02-12 10:28 pm (UTC)
University of Dayton Roesch Library Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Nicoletta Hary, Ph.D., (hary@udayton.edu), Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, at 937-229-4262 (tel.) or 937-229-4590 (fax).
Department webpage

Wright State University
Special Collections and Archives, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Dayton, OH, 45435
(937) 775-2092
e-mail: archive@www.libraries.wright.edu
Department webpage
(Note: campus closed today due to inclement weather, good luck getting anyone on the phone)

Those are two local places to find people who have cataloged materials from the time period you've picked. (That's assuming you haven't moved away from Dayton and forgotten to change your LJ profile! If you have, let me know and I can work the magic again.)

I also used to work in Special Collections in grad school and am still acquainted with the cataloger there, but she has only rarely been known to give a straight answer to most questions. I adore her, but what can I say. She's chatty and her mind works weird.

Hope this helps!

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[User Picture]From: estllechauvelin
2008-02-12 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am still in Dayton, and thank you. I'm a WSU alumna myself, but the only person I knew in the Dunbar Library left. I think I might look up the UD person, since thanks to you I already know a specific name there.
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