Discovering hidden gems: cataloguing the Cardiff Rare Books Collection

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Presentation given at 'Conversations with Cataloguers in Wales' event, 6th March 2012

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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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