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Subject: Seminar on Special Collections cataloging

Seminar on Special Collections cataloging

From: Daniel Traister <traister>
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 1992
Descriptive Cataloging of 19th-century Imprints for Special Collections
Seminar, August 6-8, 1992

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Area
 Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

The seminar is sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special
Collections Libraries (PACSCL), whose members are The Academy of Natural
Sciences of Philadelphia, The American Philosophical Society, The
Annenberg Research Institute, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr
College, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Free Library of
Philadelphia, Haverford College, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
The Library Company of Philadelphia, The Presbyterian Historical
Society, The Rosenbach Museum and Library, St. Charles Borromeo
Seminary, Swarthmore College, Temple University and The University of
Pennsylvania. The program was organized by Jim Green and Karen Nipps
from the Library Company of Philadelphia, Belinda Urquiza from the
Library of Congress, and Stephen Zietz, PACSCL Coordinator. The local
arrangements are being organized by Leslie Morris from the Rosenbach
Museum and Library, with help from other PACSCL member institutions.

PACSCL is currently engaged in the "Initiative for the 1990s," The Pew
Charitable Trusts funded project, which is enabling the 16 member
libraries to catalog a variety of special collections using the OCLC and
RLIN databases. During the term of the Project (1991-1993), PACSCL is
offering several open seminars with the purpose of increasing the level
of expertise of special collections catalogers in the Philadelphia area.
This first summer seminar goes beyond the Delaware Valley to address an
issue of concern to the national special collections community.

DCRB was written for pre-19th-century imprints, and AACR2 for general
library cataloging. Descriptive cataloging of 19th-century special
collections falls between the two. Libraries across America are
inventing their own rules or hybridizing AACR2 and DCRB to deal with the
problem. This seminar addresses the issue of description of 19th-century
imprints in special collections cataloging. The current status and
practice of cataloging these materials will be evaluated in the context
of other cataloging practices and of the nature of the material itself.
Such topics as the cataloging of issues and states; the role of
traditional descriptive bibliography in cataloging; tract society and
children's publications; serials; illustrated materials; and
single-sheet publications will be addressed in a series of
presentations. After the presentations and subsequent discussions, the
participants will explore together the possibility of a national effort
to establish guidelines or standards for the cataloging of 19th-century

This seminar is aimed at the experienced special collections librarian
familiar with problems in the descriptive cataloging of 19th-century
imprints. Participants should have working knowledge of AACR2 and DCRB.

Philadelphia has a wealth of prestigious libraries. The seminar will
take place at several of them in Center City: Academy of Natural  
Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Athenaeum of Philadelphia,  
College of Physicians, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and  
Library Company.

Registration for the seminar is $200.00 and includes the seminar,
morning coffee, evening receptions, handouts, full schedule,  
information packets, etc. Attendance is limited.

August in Philadelphia is hot! All seminar locations are
air-conditioned. Casual dress is suggested.


               Thursday, August 6, 1992

The seminar begins at noon with an opening lunch and registration at The
College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Following the registration, James
Green, Library Company of Philadelphia, will give an opening address.

A panel will discuss current standards for cataloging 19th-century
imprints and the need for new or additional standards or guidelines.
Panel participants are Jackie Dooley, Getty Art Research Center; Suzy
Taraba, Duke University; and Belinda Urquiza, the Library of Congress.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia will host a reception
that evening.

               Friday, August 7, 1992

At the American Philosophical Society, Michael Winship, University of
Texas, speaks on literary bibliography and the bibliographer's
expectations of library cataloging.

Elizabeth Johnson, Indiana University, discusses the cataloging of
19th-century serials.

Cornelia King, Free Library of Philadelphia, speaks on cataloging
19th-century juvenile literature and the tract societies' publications.

Karen Nipps, the Library Company of Philadelphia, speaks on cataloging
illustrations, bindings, and the decorative elements of 19th-century

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia will host a reception in the evening.

              Saturday, August 8, 1992

Doris O'Keefe, American Antiquarian Society, speaks on cataloging
19th-century single-sheet publications. The Historical Society of
Pennsylvania is Saturday's host.

Stephen Zietz, PACSCL Coordinator, speaks on cataloging ephemera. His
presentation is followed by a summation of the proceedings by Alexandra
Mason, University of Kansas. Future agenda for action will be discussed.

A closing reception takes place at The Library Company of Philadelphia.

Registration for the seminar is $200.00.

Limited numbers of dormitory rooms at the University of Pennsylvania
(West Philadelphia) are available to participants who register before
May 15, 1992. Cost of a single air-conditioned room in a multi-bedroom
unit with shared bathroom is $31.00 per person per night. To reserve a
room, please check the dates requested and submit a check
(non-refundable) for the amount due.

Bed & Breakfast Center City (215-735-1137) has many listings ranging in
price from $40 to $75. Please call for arrangements.

Discount air fares may be purchased anywhere in the U.S. from Springdale
Travel (Ms. Jahala Woods) at (800) 874-0550. Reservations which include
a Saturday night stay-over are available at reduced rates.

Please register by May 31, 1992 (May 15, for room reservations).

PACSCL Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
University of Pennsylvania Archives
North Arcade, Franklin Field
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6320
Tel.: (215) 898-5240
FAX:  (215) 573-2036
E-Mail (Internet):  SJZ [at] PACSCL__UARC__UPENN__EDU

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Received on Tuesday, 11 February, 1992

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