Posts Tagged ‘references’


Animation: Snow by Walter de la Mare

November 28, 2014

With thanks to my colleague, Sam Rayner, for sharing this on facebook. It has made my day.


Can a 2:2 lead to a Masters?

November 7, 2014

Doesn’t mention vocational Master’s, but an interesting Guardian article:

We’ve certainly had a few students over the years who have had 2:2 degrees.


Day of DH: Morning at the Library

April 8, 2013

N.B. This is a reposting of part of my Day of DH blog.

Senate HouseWorking in Bloomsbury we are spoilt for choice when it comes to research libraries: the Wellcome, the British Library, British Museum Libraries and, of course, UCL Main and Science Libraries are all neighbours. My library of choice is usually Senate House (pictured) partly because it houses the collection on which I’m working for my PhD, partly because of the helpful staff, and partly because of the architecture.

Today I found a whole new floor I hadn’t realised exists. Call me lazy (see previous post), but I’ve only been as far into the tower (pictured) as the lifts will take me. A catalogue search for a conference paper I’m writing on the role of praxis in vocational Masters took me to the 7th floor – “follow the signs to the stairs from the lift on the 6th floor”. A History of the University in Europe Volume 3 and stunning views of London ahoy.

I also made use of some of the reference collection, reading about the system of training Nicholson introduced at the Bodleian for boys in the late nineteenth century and the 1942 report on the public library system in the UK, which called for the entry-level education of those aspiring to be professional librarians to be raised from school-leaver to graduate.

Image: Senate House this morning


February 22, 2013

Just noticed this great blog article by Karen Attar on the Exhibition at Senate House.

There is also an opportunity to join a guided tour of the exhibition next Wednesday. Details here (scroll down).

Writers and their Libraries

Guest post by Karen Attar.

As soon as the “Writers and their Libraries” conference was announced, Senate House Library knew that it would like to support it with a display. Then our treasures volume was published, and it was clear that our major exhibition for the period from January to mid-July 2013 would need to support the treasures book. Luckily it was possible to do both at once: to feature items from the treasures book that were part of writers’ libraries, supplementing them with other books that showed the people featured both as writers and the owners of libraries.

The section on “Writers and their Libraries” features five writers: Thomas Carlyle, Augustus De Morgan, George Grote, Walter de la Mare, and Harry Price. Thomas Carlyle stands out because his books – and the books he annotated, which were not all his – are to be…

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Cataloguing in the Hybrid Environment

December 19, 2012

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Term was upon me too quickly to find time to blog about the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference in Sheffield this year, so it’s good to be able to point you to the latest Catalogue & Index, which includes overviews of the event by Katie Flanagan and Steve Carlton, as well as versions of most of the papers.

With Kate Whaite, I spoke about some of the work I’ve been doing, reviewing publications about previous changes in cataloguing standards, and we presented some lessons that current day cataloguers can learn from the experiences of earlier changes. Kate also gave a short paper on her MA LIS and PhD research into cataloguing history. There were also great papers from, amongst others, Katrina Clifford, Helen Williams, Celine Carty, Stuart Hunt, Lucy Bell, Jennie-Claire Perry and the always inspiring Heather Jardine, a version of whose paper is also available on the City of London Bibliographic Services Section blog.

As we find ourselves moving forward into the 21st century hybrid cataloguing environment, it is worth remembering that Cutter himself was unfazed by the co-existence of records created under differing standards. All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well, etc.


Image: slide from Anne Welsh and Katharine Whaite. Our Hybrid History and its Action Points for Today. Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2012 (ppt).


RDA Too Young for DCRM

April 13, 2012

It’s been a week of big announcements in the cataloguing world: firstly the first release of major updates to RDA and now, today (13 April), the Rare Books and Manuscripts of the Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association released a statement from their Bibliographic Standards Committee that, for the main, and until RDA’s impact is clearer, rare book cataloguers should use Descriptive Cataloguing for RareMaterials (DCRM) in preference to RDA:

The Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section advises catalogers using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) for books and serials—DCRM(B) and DCRM(S)—to continue for the time being to follow the rules, options, and alternatives as written. Do not attempt to incorporate elements or practices based on Resource Description and Access (RDA) into descriptions based on DCRM. This instruction does not apply to the choice or form of headings in the bibliographic record, which are outside the scope of DCRM. Bibliographic records with the description conforming to DCRM, regardless of whether the headings are AACR2 or RDA, should still be coded ‘a’ in LDR/18, and ‘dcrmb’ or ‘dcrms’ in 040 ‡e. (DCRM-RDA Task Force webpage)

John Overholt probably spoke for many of us when he tweeted “Rare book catalogers advised to ignore RDA for now, thousands cheer” in his link to the announcement. Certainly the special collections community has been holding its breath since RDA was first mooted during the preparation of DCRM(B): Read the rest of this entry ?


RDA Updates

April 12, 2012

With RDA Updates expected to be extensive in the build-up to implementation, we decided not to create a companion website for Practical Cataloguing (Facet, 2012), but I will cover major changes here on this blog.

I’ve mentioned before that one of the hardest decisions about our recent book was when there would be time in all the RDA changes to get Practical Cataloguing through the press before another set of major changes was released. I can confess now that I’ve been holding my breath since January, when the JSC announced that “major changes to the RDA content would appear twice a year (in 2012, in April and October releases of the Toolkit)” (JSC RDA Updating Process, 2012).

This week the April changes were announced. Read the rest of this entry ?