We write for a range of publications – from academic journals (who, famously, do not pay contributors) through to our own books, for which we receive royalty payments. We are always happy to hear from editors who might wish to commission us to write for them at their usual rate. Find out about our writing here, or by looking at the portfolios on our individual “about us” pages.


All our consultancy is quoted on an individual basis. In providing you with a quotation, we always take into account the time it will take us to complete the work and the type of organisation you are. We enjoy working for individuals as well as institutions, and you may be surprised that having your personal library catalogued is not as expensive as you may think. You can find out about our consultancy work here.


One of the main reasons for starting Beginning Cataloguing is to offer cost-effective training. Having worked in a range of sectors, we know that while some employers offer generous packages for Continuing Professional Development, some library workers have to pay to meet their own training needs. We are also aware of the prohibitive cost of many university-based courses.

Off-the-Shelf packages for face-to-face training start at £500 per half day for class sizes between 12 and 20 participants. These are courses which have been prepared by us already, so all you are paying for is the time it takes us to deliver them. We also ask for travel expenses and, where necessary, accommodation costs. You can find out about off-the-shelf packages here.

Online courses and masterclasses are delivered via the Beginning Cataloguing Online School on Booking now:

Currently under development:

  • Beginning Cataloguing Rare Books. Taught by Anne Welsh, September 2020. Further details coming soon.
  • Beginning Book History. A monthly seminar series with Anne Welsh, Yvonne Lewis and invited speakers. Further details coming soon.
  • Beginning Cataloguing in AACR2. Taught by Anne Welsh, November 2020. Further details coming soon.
  • Bitesized Beginnings. Free short presentations, including the introductions to our courses and updates to the videos on Anne Welsh’s old YouTube channel. Further details coming very soon.

Bespoke courses are created specifically with you and your organisation in mind. We quote for each bespoke course separately, and provide you with an itemised proposal, covering the time we spend designing your materials and delivering the training. Sometimes we may need to make an on-site visit in order to understand your exact set-up. In each case, we will provide you with a proposal that covers everything that we need todo in order to deliver the best course for your staff. You will always know in advance how much you are going to pay and why. Find out more about bespoke courses here.

Tailoring is always something that we have at the forefront of our minds. If you approach us for something unique to you and we realise that some of your need can be met by repurposing part of one of our off-the-shelf packages, we will always ask if you would like us to do so (in return for a discount). We will never sell you something as bespoke that is actually off-the-shelf.

New courses are also important to us. If you don’t see what you need advertised as an off-the-shelf package, ask us about it. We may be able to develop a new off-the-shelf training session based on your initial suggestion. It is always worth asking. Off-the-shelf courses are here.

Pro bono

We all undertake work pro bono for organisations we support. If you are a volunteer-led organisation, feel free to get in touch if you would like us to do something for you.

Where possible, we are also keen to offer scholarships for those working in independent libraries who may lack funds for training. We are grateful to the Independent Libraries Association for administering a free place for one of their members on Beginning Bibliography in August 2020.

Page last updated 28 July 2020.