Cataloguing in Wales: are there professional benefits to exploring regionality

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Cataloguing in Wales: are there professional benefits to exploring regionality

  1. 1. Cataloguing in Wales: Are thereprofessional benefits to exploring regionality? Karen F. Pierce Cardiff University CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2012
  2. 2. Group social identity• “…a social category…into which one falls, and to which one feels one belongs, provides a definition of who one is in terms of the defining characteristics of the category – a self-definition that is a part of the self-concept.” Hogg, Terry & White (1995, 259)
  3. 3. “A manifestation of cataloguers” @Heather_Jardine“An authority of cataloguers”@HelBader
  4. 4. Cataloguing in Wales WalesPopulation: 3, 063,500Approx 20 % Welsh speakersHow many cataloguers…?
  5. 5. Geographical problems• Mountain ranges Llandrindod Wells – dividing country awkward for everyone!• Travel North to South by train via England• Rural areas• Travelling to sessions in England/Scotland not always practical
  6. 6. Conversations with Cataloguers in Wales Conference
  7. 7. All Wales cataloguing group?• Regular meetings • E-mail discussion list• Training sessions • Exchange of ideas held in Wales • Visits• Bi-annual conference • Support network• Social events
  8. 8. AWHILES partnership (location of libraries)
  9. 9. AWHILES cataloguing (1) Cataloguing Issues• 27 libraries + university libraries• Lack of cataloguing knowledge• Only one AWHILES library has cataloguing staff
  10. 10. AWHILES cataloguing (2) Cataloguing solutions • AWHILES cataloguer • Training sessions • Support via email and phone • Monthly reports to check
  11. 11. AWHILES cataloguing summary• 27 NHS libraries + university libraries on one catalogue• Wide geographic spread of libraries• Quality control maintained by university• Close working relationships and support• Benefits for roving user groups (students and doctors on placement)
  12. 12. All-Wales higher education LMS• JISC-funded Library Systems Shared Services Feasibility Studyhttp://blogs.cf.ac.uk/sharedlms/• 12 Universities plus National Library of Wales as supporting member
  13. 13. To conclude…
  14. 14. PierceKF@Cardiff.ac.uk @Darklecat

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