2018 Fisher Library Summer Seminar - Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography

Call for applications – 2018 Fisher Library Summer Seminar

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto invites applications for its second Summer Seminar on descriptive bibliography. During this three-day summer seminar, participants will learn how to analyze aspects of the physical book to determine its make-up and manufacture, and how to present their findings in a systematic way. Basic elements of the discipline, including title-page quasi-facsimile transcription, format, collation, and pagination, and the identification of paper and typography will be introduced, as will a discussion of the important concepts of edition, issue, and state. The seminar will be mixture of introductory lectures followed by hands-on practice sessions using hand and machine-printed books from the rich resources of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

The seminar will take place between June 4-6, 2018 and it will be led by bibliographer and librarian Sandra Alston. Applications are welcome from Canadian citizens and residents with preference given to librarians, archivists, curators, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, and graduate students whose work and/or research will benefit from attending the seminar. Registration costs will be covered for accepted applicants, and include the registration fee, course materials, and lunch during the three days. Successful applicants are expected to cover their own transportation and accommodation costs.

Call for applications is now closed.


Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.