The Authorities at UCLA say BOOK 'EM

- by Bruce E. McKinney

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Learn the book game.


By Bruce McKinney

When you think of UCLA you will think of many things but its unlikely rare books is one of them. Well, prepare to adjust your thinking. On the campus of UCLA in Westwood the Department of Information Services will open its classrooms this summer to students interested in the recently founded California Rare Book School.

Five intensive one week programs will be offered including "Books of the Far West" and "Book Illustration Processes to 1900." Classes will have no more than fifteen students and will include trips to book related sites and collections. The courses are:
  • Rare Book Cataloging; faculty: Deborah J. Leslie, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship; faculty: Susan M. Allen, Getty Research Institute; Lynda Claassen, UC San Diego
  • The Book in the West; faculty: Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library
  • Descriptive Bibliography; faculty: Bruce Whiteman, UCLA
  • Book Illustration Processes to 1900, faculty: Terry Belanger, Rare Book School, Charlottesville
Participation is open to anyone but according to Professor Beverly Lynch she expects many of the students to be professionals who have had prior opportunities to participate in such programs which have been for many years offered on the American east coast.

This summer is considered a test and continuation in the future will depend on the level of support the program earns.

For additional information about the California Rare Book School, please contact Claire Raffel, Administrator, at craffel@ucla.edu.