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 Welsh 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. She operates a private librarian practice alongside her metadata consultancy and writing. This is currently fully booked and closed to new clients.

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Page last updated 29 January 2021.

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