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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library 2018 Summer Seminar at the University of Toronto

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Application Deadline: January 31st 2018

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.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are asked to submit an application form and a Curriculum Vitae of no more than three pages by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. For further information and to download the application form, please click here  or contact David Fernández at

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Fisher Library Summer Seminar

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