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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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