2012 ALA Conference Program

The Current State of Bibliography, and its future as practiced and supported in Special Collections Libraries

Sunday, June 24, 2012
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, room 201D

Presented by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
Co-sponsored by The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library & the Center for 17-18th Century Studies, UCLA, and the Bibliographical Society of America

David R. Whitesell, Curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
David Vander Meulen, Professor of English, University of Virginia; Editor, Studies in Bibliography
James P. Ascher, Assistant Professor and Rare Book Cataloger, University of Colorado, Boulder

Gerald W Cloud, Clark Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles

Program Summary:
This panel will discuss the current and future state of Bibliography and the crucial role that Special Collections libraries must play in that future from the perspective of rare book cataloging, collection development & curatorial work, humanities scholarship, instruction in both the class room and the reading room, and how bibliography can and must inform digital projects whether generated inside or outside of the library. 


David R. Whitesell

David R. Whitesell is Curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. Previously he held positions at the American Antiquarian Society, Harvard University’s Houghton Library, the University of Michigan Library, the Grolier Club, and in the antiquarian book trade.  He received his M.S. in Library Science from Columbia University in 1992. At Rare Book School he teaches two courses annually: Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis, and Introduction to the Principles of Descriptive Bibliography. A past secretary of the Bibliographical Society of America, Whitesell is author of First Supplement to James E. Walsh’s Catalogue of the Fifteenth-Century Printed Books in the Harvard University Library (2006); Associate Editor for “Spain, Portugal, and Latin America” for the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010); and editor of Roger Stoddard’s A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820 (2012).

David Vander Meulen

David Vander Meulen is Professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he teaches eighteenth-century English literature, bibliography, and textual criticism and scholarly editing.  From 1991 he has been editor of Studies in Bibliography, which he edited with Fredson Bowers for the previous seven years.  He graduated from Calvin College and the University of Wisconsin.  His scholarship currently focuses on the work of the twentieth-century book designer and illustrator Warren Chappell and on the bibliographical analysis of the publications of Alexander Pope, for which he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he has edited works of Pope, Samuel Johnson, and William Faulkner.  He is the former vice president of the Bibliographical Society of America and is now that organization's delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies, the vice president of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, and chair of the board of the English Short Title Catalogue/North America.

James P. Ascher James P. Ascher is Assistant Professor of Rare Books and English at the University of Colorado Boulder where he catalogs rare books, teaches book history, and directs the ScriptaLab colloquium, faculty seminar, and lecture series. His research explores bibliography within new media, the infrastructure of printing, and submerged histories in libraries. His published work includes bibliographical methods, issues in diplomatic transcription, processes for collection surveys, and methods training and recruiting librarians. He also serves as a lab instructor at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.
Gerald W. Cloud

Gerald W. Cloud is the Clark Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.  Previously he served as the Curator for Literature in Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and as Lecturer in Columbia’s English and Comparative Literature department, where he taught courses on bibliography and the history of the book. He earned his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Delaware (2005), where he also worked as Associate Curator for the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection. Since 2004, he has served as a Lab Instructor for an introductory course on the principles of bibliographical description at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School. In 2010, he published John Rodker’s Ovid Press: a Bibliographical Study (Oak Knoll Press).