Discovering hiddengems: cataloguing the Cardiff Rare Books     CollectionKen Gibb & Karen Pierce
BackgroundEarly history of public  library and its rare  book collectionCollection up for sale
Scoping March 2009 3 cataloguers from Cardiff University  perform 10 % scoping exercise of  collection 1,387 items samp...
Collections   Incunabula               Restoration Drama   Atlases                  Private Presses / Fine   Bibles  ...
Scoping Project Report April 2009 project report prepared for  CyMAL Sample indicated over 90% of books not  already hel...
Listing the books          August 2009-October           2009          Cataloguing &           acquisitions staff work  ...
Cardiff University purchase books Books came to Cardiff  University in 2010  and are housed in  SCOLAR (Special  Collecti...
Academics welcome news (1)“Finding a permanent home for thiscollection will help enrich the cultural life ofWales and Card...
Academics welcome news (2)“Because of the wealth and varied natureof the material acquired by the University,this opens up...
Cardiff Rare Books launch at the   Senedd – November 2010
Cataloguing Challenges            Cataloguing team            One day training from             CILIP            Advert...
Where to begin? - The 1% Project 140 books - 1% of total  collection Cataloguing issues Conservation and  handling How...
How we are cataloguing the books              Descriptive Cataloguing of               Rare Materials - DCRM(B)          ...
Sample rare books cataloguerecord
Provenance – who owned what and when   Armorial bindings   Bookplates   Autographs   Inscriptions   Marginalia   Own...
History ofownership
Our hidden gems
Arts & crafts
Fine bindings – Duodo’s library
Famous owners
Any Questions? Ken Gibb                  Karen Pierce Rare Books Cataloguer     Cataloguing Librarian GibbK@Cardiff.a...
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Discovering hidden gems: cataloguing the Cardiff Rare Books Collection

  1. 1. Discovering hiddengems: cataloguing the Cardiff Rare Books CollectionKen Gibb & Karen Pierce
  2. 2. BackgroundEarly history of public library and its rare book collectionCollection up for sale
  3. 3. Scoping March 2009 3 cataloguers from Cardiff University perform 10 % scoping exercise of collection 1,387 items sampled
  4. 4. Collections Incunabula  Restoration Drama Atlases  Private Presses / Fine Bibles Bindings Early English Folios  ‘Rare Books’ Early English Quartos  Calligraphy Early English Octavos  Continental
  5. 5. Scoping Project Report April 2009 project report prepared for CyMAL Sample indicated over 90% of books not already held in Cardiff, and 75% not held in National Library of Wales 12.04% contained marginalia 39.44% contained provenance information
  6. 6. Listing the books  August 2009-October 2009  Cataloguing & acquisitions staff work at the Public Library stacks to list the collection
  7. 7. Cardiff University purchase books Books came to Cardiff University in 2010 and are housed in SCOLAR (Special Collections and Archives)
  8. 8. Academics welcome news (1)“Finding a permanent home for thiscollection will help enrich the cultural life ofWales and Cardiff. The University is proudto have helped secure its future.”Prof. Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor
  9. 9. Academics welcome news (2)“Because of the wealth and varied natureof the material acquired by the University,this opens up the possibility for a widerange of research projects and areas ofresearch for postgraduate students acrossmany disciplines…”Prof. Sioned Davies, Head of the Schoolof Welsh
  10. 10. Cardiff Rare Books launch at the Senedd – November 2010
  11. 11. Cataloguing Challenges  Cataloguing team  One day training from CILIP  Advertise for Rare Books Cataloguer  Appointment in 2011
  12. 12. Where to begin? - The 1% Project 140 books - 1% of total collection Cataloguing issues Conservation and handling How much detail? Setting priorities Report for Rare Books Strategy Group
  13. 13. How we are cataloguing the books  Descriptive Cataloguing of Rare Materials - DCRM(B)  Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules - AACR2  Library of Congress Subject Headings  Library of Congress Classification  Copy-specific fields for provenance and bindings
  14. 14. Sample rare books cataloguerecord
  15. 15. Provenance – who owned what and when Armorial bindings Bookplates Autographs Inscriptions Marginalia Ownership stamps
  16. 16. History ofownership
  17. 17. Our hidden gems
  18. 18. Arts & crafts
  19. 19. Fine bindings – Duodo’s library
  20. 20. Famous owners
  21. 21. Any Questions? Ken Gibb  Karen Pierce Rare Books Cataloguer  Cataloguing Librarian GibbK@Cardiff.ac.uk (Project Manager)  PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk Cardiff Rare Books Collection blog: http://scolarcardiff.wordpress.com

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