Deborah J. Leslie is Folger senior cataloger with primary responsibility for pre-1831 English materials and authorities. Her first day at the Folger was a snowy 6 January 1999. Her desk is in the Cataloging and Metadata Department office on Deck A (on the other side of the wall from Melissa Cook in Acquisitions) ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 202.675-0369
Deborah has been teaching Rare Book Cataloging at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia since 1998, and in 2013 inaugurated the Rare Book School's Advanced Rare Book Cataloging Workshop, conducted at the Folger. She has also taught rare book cataloging at California Rare Book School (2006-2007) and the Australasian Rare Book Summer School (Wellington, NZ, 2007). She has been active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) since 1992, including serving as RBMS chair (2009-2010) and chair of the Bibliographic Standards Committee (2001-2007). She was chief editor of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) (DCRM(B)), and continues to be active in developing new standards and documentation.
Special areas of expertise and interest are
- Cataloging of rare materials ~ standards, policy, and practice ~ Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) ~ Resource Description and Access ~ cataloger training
- Controlled vocabularies/Authorities: form and genre ~ relationship designators ~ names
- Bibliography and book history
- Production and distribution of early modern books and prints
- Moderately capable with European languages and cyrillic script