Anne Welsh

Anne Welsh in 2019

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.

As well as offering paid services, Anne is happy to undertake appropriate pro bono work, especially in terms of training people how to catalogue. In the past she has often teamed with Kate Whaite to provide an introduction to the basics of Cat and Class, and has also run half-day courses in cataloguing using RDA; cataloguing using AACR2; and Bibliography. 2021 bookings already include an introduction to cataloguing rare books at the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries Conference (which had to be rescheduled from April 2020 because of the UK’s Covid-19 public health measures).

During the current UK lockdown, Anne is teaching Beginning Bibliographic Models (July 2020), Beginning Bibliography (co-taught with Yvonne Lewis, August 2020) and Beginning Cataloguing Rare Books (September 2020). She is also completing contracts for people happy to send and receive collection items by post, and is writing the follow-ups to Practical Cataloguing (London: Facet; Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2012). We are not looking to run face-to-face trainings in 2020, but have been taking bookings for 2021.

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