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.
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.
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.
Welcome to Beginnings, the Beginning Cataloguing blog.
In some ways it feels quite old skool to be starting a blog in The Year of Our Lord 2020, especially since my entry into Training was during the craze for “Web 2.0,” when it seemed every library wanted to start something with an RSS feed to keep their regular users up-to-date. Now we use Twitter to share quick snippets of news and Instagram to share pictures of our thrilling daily lives, so do we really need a blog too?