Deborah J. Leslie has been at the Folger Shakespeare Library since 1999; her current title is Senior English Rare Book Cataloger. She is on the faculty of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, where she has taught Rare Book Cataloging at least once a year since 1998. She holds BA and MA degrees in history from California State University, Fresno, and Indiana University, respectively, and an MLS from UCLA. Deborah is actively involved with the American Library Association's Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), including serving as RBMS chair 2009-2010. As chair of its Bibliographic Standards Committee, she headed the writing and publication of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) in 2007 by the Library of Congress. She is currently on the RSC Rare Materials Working Group and theRBMS Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials Task Force. Her interests include cataloging policy and standards, controlled vocabularies, teaching and training of rare materials catalogers, the making, publishing, selling, and use of early printed books, and early modern British history.
She is from Fresno, California, and lived in Bloomington, Indiana; Riverside, California; Norman, Oklahoma; Collingswood, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and New Haven, Connecticut before coming to the DC area and settling in Virginia.