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


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.

[User Picture]From: ladyaelfwynn
2008-02-12 09:43 pm (UTC)
Some other resources you library school ought to have include:

Pass, Gregory A. Descriptive cataloging of ancient, medieval, renaissance, and early-modern manuscripts (Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries)

Descriptive cataloging of rare books (Washington: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service)

Anglo-American cataloguing rules (Chicago: American Library Association)

I'm an archival cataloguer with the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institute and would be willing to at least try to answer questions.

Things to remember are that every rare book is an entity unto itself and for these especially you are cataloguing the item in hand. You'll want to catalogue all the little quirks that make it unique.
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[User Picture]From: estllechauvelin
2008-02-12 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've got the AACR2, and I'll look up the others. I may bother you with some questions once I've read some more and have more specific ideas about what I want to know.
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[User Picture]From: ladyaelfwynn
2008-02-12 11:28 pm (UTC)
My work email is mcdaniel at si dot edu, feel free to ask away. One of my co-workers used to catalogue rare books in Boston.
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[User Picture]From: pallasathene82
2008-02-13 01:16 am (UTC)
Your icon is amazing!
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[User Picture]From: ladyaelfwynn
2008-02-13 01:29 am (UTC)

It's my favorite t-shirt I got at Pennsic one year (Well behaved women rarely make history) with a quote from an unnamed FBI source in a Washington Post article about the Patriot Act from a few years back. I used a font I fond on the 'net that was in the style of the text on the Bayeux Tapestry.

This is my other librarian icon, it's a quote from Spider Robinson.
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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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From: cypherindigo
2008-02-13 12:13 am (UTC)
I am the Pennsylvania Government Documents Cataloger at the State Library of Pennsylvania. This collection includes a lot of old and unique items.

When I started this job I learned how to use the ILS by assisting with the verification of the cataloging of the materials in the Rare Book Collection. Mush of the collection included Pennsylvania imprints back to the 1600's.

You are more than welcome to ask me questions. If I don't know I will bug the Rare Books Librarian or my supervisor, both of whom are great catalogers.

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[User Picture]From: estllechauvelin
2008-02-13 01:10 am (UTC)

I think I am going to save this post in memories, discuss the books that ladyaelfwynn mentioned and anything else I turn up in the next few days with my other group members, and then get back to people after we've done some more basic research.
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