At her first meeting on Wednesday, she will join colleagues Natasha Aburrow-Jones (Faculty of Advocates), Niamh Doran (Civica), Gwyneth Morgan (Nielson BookData), Anne Welsh (Beginning Cataloguing), Dominic Wilson (Dawson Books), Jenny Wright (BDS), Siu Ying Yip (University of the Arts London) and Chair Thurstan Young (British Library).
The group promotes bibliographic standards, and is the UK Advisory Group to the British Library for the revision of MARC 21, and as such, we look at the discussion and proposal papers for the American Library Association’s MARC Advisory Committee (MAC), which meets twice yearly. If you are interested in MAC proposals, you can see them on the Library of Congress’s MARC Development page.
You can find out more about the BIC Library Metadata Group (including how to submit proposals for MARC Development) on its website.
MarcEdit has been rightfully popular with cataloguers since Terry Reese first made it available twenty years ago. Unlike most library management systems, it is free and allows us to export, manipulate and import our data. Concetta’s article provides an overview of how it helps her in her work for one of the world’s major academic publishers.
Catalogue & Index, the journal of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group, is open access, so you can read Concetta’s article for free:
I love working with Concetta – she has such breadth and depth of knowledge about metadata, and such enthusiasm for sharing what she knows with others. She recently completed the Library Carpentry training course and is bursting with fresh ideas.
The Bookseller has published an opinion piece on serendipitous discovery and how bookshops are fuelling that adrenaline buzz for buyers. Based on research for Beginning Cataloguing (forthcoming from Routledge), it highlights four elements that create the feeling of serendipity and ways in which these are used by bookshops.
Bodies in the Library will launch fully in the Autumn. For now it consists of a Twitter profile and an Instagram account that highlights library-related quotations in crime fiction, alongside other “bookstagram” posts. At the moment it’s featuring Dewey Death by Charity Blackstock, which includes chapter headings with numbers from DDC 15:
Each month we plan to bring you an article, usually published on a Friday lunchtime. We’ll alternate “how to catalogue” pieces with ones on broader topics.
For our first, we beg your indulgence to share a little of the experience of starting a business during the current lockdown for Covid-19. We’d love to hear how you are all coping with the changes you’ve been experiencing too.