RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its Spring and Summer Sessions 2004, a collection of five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning rare books, manuscripts, the history of books and printing, and special collections to be held at the University of Virginia.
 
FOR AN APPLICATION FORM and electronic copies of the complete brochure and the RBS Expanded Course Descriptions, providing additional details about the courses offered and other information about RBS, visit our Web site at:
 
         http://www.rarebookschool.org
 
Subscribers to the list may find the following Rare Book School courses to be of particular interest:
 
75. ELECTRONIC TEXTS IN XML (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 26-30 JULY). Designed as a continuation of “Introduction to Electronic Texts and Images” (L-70; see previous page), this course will further develop practical skills for the use of TEI, the manipulation of XML datasets, and the delivery of data through stylesheets. Topics include: TEI document design for multiple genres and for crossdatabase searching; reading and modifying DTDs; the mechanics of SGML/XML conversion; basic PERL skills; grants and project management strategies; XSL stylesheets for content formatting, transformation, and delivery; XML conversion to ebook formats (including Palm, MS Reader, OeB, and PDF); discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting; and basic Unix skills, including a guide to Unix text-manipulation utilities. Instructors: David Seaman, with Matthew Gibson and Christine Ruotolo.
 
DAVID SEAMAN became Director of the Digital Library Federation in 2002. He was the founding director of the internationally-known Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He and his colleagues taught this course for the first time in 2002.
 
MATTHEW GIBSON is Associate Director of the Electronic Text Center, and CHRISTINE RUOTOLO is Lead Information Community Coordinator, at the University of Virginia Library. Libraries, Archives, and Electronic Resources.
 
 
85. PUBLISHING EAD FINDING AIDS. (MONDAY-FRIDAY, 2-6 AUGUST). This course will introduce students to standards and software used for publishing Extensible Markup Language (XML) encoded documents, with a focus on EAD encoded finding aids. It is aimed at systems support personnel in archives, libraries, and museums, or self-supporting archivists, librarians, and museum staff who would like an introduction to EAD publishing technology and methods. The course will focus on writing stylesheets using Extensible Stylesheet Language - Transformation (XSLT), but will also cover Web server technology, available software for indexing and searching XML encoded information, and use of Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) Formatting Objects to produce printed finding aids. Topics include: in-depth introduction to the Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL); authoring of stylesheets using the XSLT language, focusing on XML to XML, and XML to HTML transformations; implementing Web servers to perform real time XML to HTML transformations; use of multiple stylesheets and frames; survey and functional evaluation of available indexing and searching software; use of XSL Transformation and Formatting Objects to produce PostScript, PDF, RTF, and other printable encodings; survey and functional evaluation of XSL and XSLT software. The course will conclude with a discussion of management and administrative issues presented by Web publishing. Instructor: Daniel Pitti.
 
DANIEL PITTI became Project Director at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in 1997, before which he was Librarian for Advanced Technologies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Coordinator of the Encoded Archival Description initiative. He taught this course for the first time in 2002.
 
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