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Repeat: Getting Started in Rare Books Cataloguing with Anne Welsh

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Repeat of our online workshop: introduction to the ideas behind and practices of cataloguing printed rare books in MARC 21 with Anne Welsh

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Due to high demand, this is a repeat event of the workshop on 2 July 2021.

At the end of this one-day bespoke workshop participants will leave having catalogued three rare books and with knowledge of where to seek further information.

This course has been certified by the LAI Continuing Professional Development Committee. Certificates of attendance will be issued to attendees.

This online workshop will take place over Zoom. Participants will have to be able to switch between Zoom and other applications, especially to read PDF documents; for this reason joining by tablet (such as iPad) is not recommended.

Please note that the majority of the places are reserved for current members of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) at a discounted price. (Membership will be verified). In addition, a small number of places will be available to current LIS students/unwaged at a nominal price. See tickets for further details.

The three books we will catalogue represent three common periods held by many special collections:

  • One Early Modern book
  • One 18th century book
  • One modern (post-1950) book with features that make rare book cataloguing appropriate.

Model answers will be provided in:

  • DCRM(B) in MARC
  • RDA in MARC
  • AACR2 in MARC

A month before the training, you will receive four PDFs:

  • an introductory reading list
  • a summary of the relevant MARC fields we’ll be using on the day
  • ‘The vocabulary of rare books’ – a basic glossary of common terms
  • a list of useful online sources

You don’t have to read anything in advance, but for those who do like to read ahead, these will be useful resources.

Schedule for the day

10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome from the LAI CMG and Anne Welsh

10:15 – 10:30 am Introductions from participants

10:30 – 10:45 am What is rare book cataloguing and when do we use it? What makes it different from modern book cataloguing? What’s the same?

10:45 – 11:30 am Look and learn: main fields in use for cataloguing rare books

11:30 am –12:15 pm Example 1: an Early Modern text (practical cataloguing exercise)

12:15 – 1:45 pm LUNCH

1:45 – 2:00 pm What about copy-specific details?

2:00 – 2:15 pm Binding resources

2:15 – 3:15 pm Example 2: an 18th century text (practical cataloguing exercise)

3:15 – 3:30 pm Provenance resources

3:30 – 4:00 pm Example 3: a modern text with provenance information (practical cataloguing exercise)

4:00 – 4:30 pm Provenance at your library. What are your local practices? (You may find it helpful to have an example of a book with provenance marks e.g. marginalia, bookplates,book stamps, armorial bindings and its record from your library to help you contribute to the discussion).

4:30 – 5:00 pm General discussion; routes forward to learn more.


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Anne Welsh has been cataloguing professionally since 1993 and teaching others to catalogue since 1995.

She is the lead author of Practical Cataloguing : AACR, RDA and MARC21 (London: Facet; Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2012), a core text in iSchools internationally. Practical Cataloguing for the Hybrid Environment will be published in June, 2022.

She first studied Bibliography as part of her undergraduate courses in English Language and Literature, and taught Historical Bibliography for over a decade.

For more on Anne Welsh see: beginningcataloguing.com

For more on the LAICMG see: laicmg.wordpress.com


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