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Catalogue Chat 2012

January 2, 2012

Last year HVcats organised a successful twitter-based cataloguing book club chat (#catbkchat) about the newly-published Conversations with catalogers in the 21st century (Libraries Unlimited, 2011).

With the driving force behind the first #catbkchat, Celine Carty, on maternity leave, we had the best of intentions to organise a follow-up, but it remained on 2011’s to do list without action.

Now we are wondering if cataloguers would be interested in a #catbkchat for 2012- perhaps on Michael Gorman’s autobiography, Broken pieces: a library life, 1941-1978 (ALA, 2011).

If you are interested, please click through to my blog post on the HVCats blog for full details.


A Cataloguing New Year

January 2, 2012

The world does not stop cataloguing (or catalogue blogging) over the festive season. 2011 ended with Ann Chapman’s last blog post as Secretary of Cilip Cataloguing and Indexing Group Secretary.

Ann (right) has been an important figure in UK cataloguing throughout my career and a member of the CIG Committee for a decade. She was a member of the BIC Bibliographic Standards Group and Chair of the Cilip/BL Committee on the Revision of AACR, which, of course, became the Cilip/BL Committee for the Development of RDA, from which she received a Certificate of Acknowledgement for her work on the GMD/SMD Working Group in 2006. She was also a recipient of the Alan Jeffreys Award – CIG’s highest honour. She retired from her post at UKOLN earlier in the year and there is a lovely article about her work in Bath on the UKOLN website. Read the rest of this entry ?


A Special Collections Christmas

December 27, 2011

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Student Blog

June 12, 2011

Our student blog is starting to take shape. It’s now possible to sign up for RSS, twitter or email notifications, and I’ve added feeds from the staff blog and the UCLDH blog to the sidebar.

If you are a DIS student or a DIS or SLAIS alumnus, get in touch if you have professional news to share.


London’s Global University

June 10, 2011

Super-busy week, but including some good news: the bid Caroline Bressey and I submitted for Pioneer Award funding was successful, so from November 2011 – November 2012, we will be researching The World of UCL, 1828-1948: London’s Global University. Our aim is to discover the Black and Asian presence at UCL in its early years.

Outputs include an exhibition; staff symposium; student conference; and creative workshops.

More details on the UCL Department of Information Studies blog.

Image: UCL Library Services Special Collections. Used with permission.


“Digifun with Historical Bibliography”

June 9, 2011

Those who took INSTG012 (Historical Bibliography) this year as part of their MA LIS, MA ARM or MA RAMI at UCL will recognise this title page from our practical sessions on collation and description.

I was really lucky to inherit several old, tatty volumes that had been used by the last person who taught the module in house many years ago. (Thanks to the MA LIS Programme Director for keeping them safe). They are really ideal for teaching – several have clear wirelines and chainlines, the signatures are varied, and because they are falling apart, students are less worried about handling them than our precious Library Special Collections materials. Their state also makes it possible to see how the pages were gathered, how the binding (or what remains of it) “works,” and generally to get a feel for how the book was put together. In other words, in a very material sense, I can teach construction through deconstruction.

So, how did this detached title page pitch up on the blogosphere? Read the rest of this entry ?


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