[Cross-posted. Please excuse any duplication.] RARE BOOK SCHOOL (RBS) is pleased to announce its 2006 Session, 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 from 6-10 March, 5-9 June, 12-16 June, and 17-28 July 2006. Among the courses offered in 2006 and 2007 will be Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship, Rare Book Cataloging, Introduction to the History of the Book in the West, Developing Collections of African-American Literature, Electronic Texts and Images, Introduction to the History of Bookbinding, and Implementing Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Subscribers to this list may find the following Rare Book School courses to be of particular interest: (L-80) IMPLEMENTING ENCODED ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTION (MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 6-10). Encoded Archival Description (EAD) provides standardized machine-readable access to primary resource materials. This course is aimed at archivists, librarians, and museum personnel who would like an introduction to EAD that includes an extensive supervised hands-on component. Students will learn SGML encoding techniques in part using examples selected from among their own institution(s finding aids. Topics: the context out of which EAD emerged; introduction to the use of SGML authoring tools and browsers; the conversion of existing finding aids to EAD. 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. (L-70) ELECTRONIC TEXTS AND IMAGES (MONDAY-FRIDAY, March 6-10) A practical exploration of the research, preservation, editing, and pedagogical uses of electronic texts and images in the humanities. The course will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images, for which we shall also create an Encoded Archival Description guide. Topics include: SGML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines; the form and implications of XML; publishing on the World Wide Web; and the management and use of online texts. Some experience with HTML is a prerequisite for admission to the course. Instructor: David Seaman. DAVID SEAMAN is the founding director of the internationally-known Electronic Text Center and on-line archive at the University of Virginia. He lectures and writes frequently on SGML, the Internet, and the creation and use of electronic texts in the humanities. THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL prerequisites for RBS courses vary. Some courses are primarily directed toward research librarians and archivists. Others are intended for academics, persons working in the antiquarian book trade, bookbinders and conservators, professional and avocational students of the history of books and printing, book collectors, and others with an interest in the subjects being treated. THE TUITION FOR EACH FIVE-DAY COURSE is $845. Air-conditioned dormitory housing will be offered on the historic Central Grounds of the University, and nearby hotel accommodations are readily available. 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 website at: http://www.virginia.edu/oldbooks/ Or write Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498; fax 434-924-8824; email [log in to unmask]; or telephone 434-924-8851.