Visit to the Bodleian Bibliography Room 10 March 2011 INSTG012 HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRAPHY Compiled by Anne Welsh, Lecturer in LIS from contributions by Frances Cassidy, Helen Doyle, Jennifer Howard, Joanne Maddocks, Heather McKenna Photos by Julianne Nyhan, Teaching Fellow in Digital Humanities and Elizabeth Gallagher
<ul><li>In 2010-11, 33 students from the MA Library & Information Studies and the MA Archives and Records Management took the Historical Bibliography course. </li></ul><ul><li>From 2011-12 it will also be an option on the MA Digital Humanities. </li></ul><ul><li>Each year we have classes at UCL Special Collections & St Bride’s Printing Library. </li></ul><ul><li>This year, MA LIS student and Bodleian Library member of staff Elizabeth Gallagher introduced us to Paul W. Nash and suggested we offer an optional visit to the Bibliography Room in Oxford ... </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ The visit to the Bibliography Room demonstrated to me the many stages that went into creating the printed word and how talented and skilled printers were. </li></ul><ul><li>Things that we had to think carefully about such as spacing are still relevant today in the way we present information.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Frances Cassidy </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ An exciting opportunity to get hands on experience of traditional printing processes that we had been taught during the course.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Heather McKenna </li></ul>Photo: Dr Julianne Nyhan
“ In today's digital environment it is easy to forget that the formatting in word processing packages is based upon principles that have been in use for centuries.” ~ Heather McKenna Photo: Dr Julianne Nyhan
“ In the Bibliography Room I handled heavy machinery and leaden pieces and it was not until I had to proofread upside down and back to front in order to create a properly composed sheet of print that I began to understand the complexity of the process.” ~ Sian Prosser
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<ul><li>“ Having the chance to do some compositing ourselves really showed how many decisions about spelling, word breaks and spacing were made by the compositor in the course of his work. This and the number of errors caught in the proofreading stage of even our small sheet really brought home the inevitability of differences between editions and the effect these would have had on the way the text was interpreted by readers.” </li></ul><ul><li>~Joanne Maddocks </li></ul>Photo: Elizabeth Gallagher for the Bodleian Library
<ul><li>“ In the digital age we are so used to seeing text printed and reproduced effortlessly, but the technology is hidden inside computers and printers. Having actually printed something myself, I have a greater appreciation for how the letters actually end up on the page ...” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Helen Doyle </li></ul>
<ul><li>Frances Cassidy, Julianne Nyhan, Carly Douglas, Anne Welsh, Helen Doyle, Shawna Satz, Paul W. Nash (Bibliography Room), Amelia Grounds, Joanne Maddocks, Heather McKenna, Francine Wood, Georgina Lever, Sian Prosser, Jennifer Howard </li></ul><ul><li>Inset: Heather McKenna, Liz Gallagher, Francine Wood, Georgina Lever, Sian Prosser. Photo: Dr Julianne Nyhan </li></ul>Main Photo: Elizabeth Gallagher for the Bodleian Library
<ul><li>“ For me, the most valuable part of the visit was being reminded that technology has always been vital to the dissemination of ideas. There has been a massive shift from the use of the type mould and typeset plate to the use of Word and programming languages for web publishing, but that only made me realize how much potential there still is for things to change later on.” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Jennifer Howard </li></ul>
<ul><li>With thanks to Paul W. Nash and the Bodleian Library Bibliography Room. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/csb/bibliographyroom.html </li></ul><ul><li>March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>UCL Department of Information Studies </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies </li></ul>
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