Course on the Creation, Preservation, and Use of E-Texts in the Humanities – Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia

This summer, the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia are excited to offer a practical course on the creation, preservation, and use of electronic texts and their associated images in the humanities, with an in-depth focus on Special Collections materials. Taught by David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management at Dartmouth College Library, “XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts” will be aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at librarians, publishers, and scholars keen to develop, use, publish, and control electronic texts for library, research, scholarly communication, or teaching purposes.

The week will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images (using texts such as eighteenth and nineteenth century letters, which are short enough to allow each participant to take an entire document through all its creation stages during the course). Topics include: XML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines; Unicode; metadata issues (including a discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting), project planning and funding; and the manipulation of XML texts using stylesheets for re-publishing HTML, in ebook formats, and in PDF.

Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for this course (running 5–10 July at the University of Virginia) and for more than thirty additional courses on all aspects of book history and bibliography. To apply, please visit myRBS (, set up your account, and submit your application materials. For general information on the application process, visit the RBS Application & Admissions page (

If you have any questions about either the course or the application process, please contact them at

Rare Book School . 114 Alderman Library . University of Virginia . PO Box 400103 . Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103 . Ph: 434-924-8851 . Fax: 434-924-8824 . Email: . URL: