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25 January 2011,
Anne Welsh on 'Paper in the brave new digital world'

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  • 1. why we still need the physical book and what digital research adds to its history Anne Welsh Lecturer in Library & Information Studies Paper in the brave new digital world: A painless introduction to ...
  • 2. MA LIS / MA ARM / MA Digital Humanities
  • 3. “ Bibliography is the discipline that studies texts as recorded forms, and the processes of their transmission, including their production and reception.” ~ D.F. McKenzie
  • 4. Types of Bibliography
    • Enumerative bibliography
      • Listing books by topic, date, type or author
    • Historical bibliography
      • Primarily the physical processes of book production
    • Analytical bibliography
      • Identifying differences and the “ideal copy”
    • Descriptive bibliography
      • Describing all the evidence about the book
    • Textual bibliography
      • The text in relation to its transmission processes
  • 5. The life of books
  • 6. The bibliographer’s province
  • 7. Communications Circuit Economic & social conjuncture Author Publisher Printers: Compositors Pressmen Warehousemen Suppliers: Paper Ink Type Labour Shippers: Agents Smugglers Entrepot Keeper Waggoner, etc. Booksellers: Wholesellers Retailers Peddlers Binders, etc. Readers: Purchasers Borrowers Clubs Libraries Political & legal sanctions Intellectual influences & publicity After Darnton
  • 8. Books at the forefront of technology
  • 9. Recording watermarks From:
  • 10. Electron radiography of watermarks From:
  • 11. Online searchable watermark databases Also: From:
  • 12. Other innovations
    • Digitised collections
      • from jpeg to pdf to fully-browsable
    • Online catalogues
      • from card / paper to online (MARC)
      • from surrogate to full-text
      • from format-specific to institution-wide
      • from institutional to national to international
  • 13. Technology in the Brave New World
  • 14. Homogenisation? ‘ There is nothing wrong in the whole wide world’ by Chris Cobb, 2005
  • 15. As it’s Burns Night ...
  • 16. Versioning in the digital collection
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  • 18. “ Extreme Versioning” Barker & Lucas, “Wicked Bible” 1631 Borel’s singes dactylographes more likely to produce millions of errors than text of the quality of Shakespeare ... But is it the quantity or the quality of error that really matters?
  • 19. More typical versioning
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  • 21. Store them? Preserve them? How?
  • 22. Digital versus print?
  • 23. Readers
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  • 26. Readers
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  • 28. Picture credits Some of the pictures in these slides are copyright commons, some rights reserved: vince42, posixeleni, Kaotiqua, Diorama Sky, Librarian in Black, Elizabeth Beers, Topsy Qur’et, goXuno Reviews,