A native of the West Coast of Scotland, and, like so many other librarians, a graduate in English Language and Literature, Anne qualified in Wales, completing a SCONUL traineeship at St Deiniol’s Library and the National Library of Wales and a Masters in Information and Library Studies at University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her Masters thesis was a study of the publisher W&R Chambers, and marked a brief return to her roots before moving to London. She has been a librarian for quarter of a century, mostly working in small, special libraries.
Although she has held other roles, as a deputy librarian, library manager and as an academic, cataloguing is her abiding passion professionally, combining as it does the intellectual challenges of analysing a work’s key attributes and communicating them in a way that will help it be reached by people who want or need it. She has worked in the medical and legal sectors as well as in traditional special collections, always with a focus on improving the quality of the metadata and the ways in which it is used.
The way people make, share and interact with books fascinates her, and brought her to work closely with a number of book artists, and to document the personal libraries of individuals whose surviving families were unsure what, exactly, they had inherited. It was wanting to focus on more of this kind of work that led her to set up Beginning Cataloguing as a business. She is always delighted to hear from people who don’t know what to do with their archives and / or personal collections, and promises a discrete service tailored to meet individual circumstances.
Anne is a verified member of APDO, the UK’s membership association for decluttering and organising professionals. APDO sets standards, provides professional development and supports the growth of the industry. Anne holds public liability and indemnity insurance and an ICO certificate to ensure that any data she processes is GDPR compliant.*
Page last updated 29 January 2021.
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