Really enjoyed meeting more Irish colleagues at the Library Association of Ireland Cataloguing and Metadata Group’s repeat of Getting Started in Rare Books Cataloguing. It’s always nice to have a reason to use one of the books from the ‘high cupboard’.
Thanks to Patricia Moloney (LAI CMG Secretary) and the rest of the Library Association of Ireland’s Cataloguing and Metadata Group Committee for the opportunity to rerun this training, and to all their hard work in advertising and making it another sell-our event.
Looking forward to meeting more new colleagues from Ireland and beyond tomorrow!
In fact, I couldn’t agree more with Sali Hughes’ pull quote on the cover – “Ideas, solutions, wisdom, kindness, and zero whining.” This Last is really important, because as a working class woman who made it into some of the top board rooms in the retail industry, Portas has had her fair share of fuckwittery and bias to face down, and while she doesn’t pull any punches in sharing it, she always does so with a good lesson and often a killer punchline attached.
I also like the way she acknowledges her ex-husband, life partner and home staff who provided her with the space and time to focus on her work whilst at work. The people who looked after her kids are clearly very important to her, and it’s appropriate in a book that argues for better acknowledgement of the labour exchange in retail that she should demonstrate those principles as an employer of child care, cleaning and household management professionals.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given my own circumstances, my biggest takeaways are that it’s absolutely OK to walk away from work that others see as successful and set up independently; that the workplace really is tough for women (and especially working class women), and that it’s tougher the more old boys’ rooms you have to enter to do business. And, above all else what matters is being true to yourself and your values. Follow your gut instincts. Be kind, but take no s**t. “Work like a woman.”
Many thanks to those of you who signed up for the waiting list for Getting Started in Rare Books Cataloguing in July. The Library Association Ireland Cataloguing and Metadata Group has decided to offer a repeat on 3 September.
Full details on the LAI CMG’s new blog: https://laicmg.wordpress.com/2021/07/05/431/
Thanks to everyone who attended today’s event, and especially to the Library Association Ireland’s Cataloguing and Metadata Group for their brilliant hosting, and for the invitation to deliver the workshop in the first place.
I really hope we have the chance to repeat this one, as we used some of my favourite examples, and I met some lovely colleagues.
Is there an irony in my having finished reading this book as a shallow relief from finishing writing my own current book and finalising preparations for a training on rare books cataloguing? Possibly. Possibly not.
Essentially, this is a book about how the author and other people whose work he has read or whom he has interviewed manage their lives to prioritise the tasks that stretch them. As such, it’s a 3-star read for me because he’s achieved what he set out to do, but there’s nothing in either the information he shares or his writing style that I actively love.
At the end of this one-day bespoke workshop participants will leave having catalogued three rare books and with knowledge of where to seek further information.
This course has been certified by the LAI Continuing Professional Development Committee. Certificates of attendance will be issued to attendees.
This online workshop will take place over Zoom. Participants will have to be able to switch between Zoom and other applications, especially to read PDF documents; for this reason joining by tablet (such as iPad) is not recommended.
Please note that the majority of the places are reserved for current members of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) at a discounted price. (Membership will be verified). In addition, a small number of places will be available to current LIS students/unwaged at a nominal price. See tickets for further details.
The three books we will catalogue represent three common periods held by many special collections:
- One Early Modern book
- One 18th century book
- One modern (post-1950) book with features that make rare book cataloguing appropriate.
Model answers will be provided in:
- DCRM(B) in MARC
- RDA in MARC
- AACR2 in MARC
A month before the training, you will receive four PDFs:
- an introductory reading list
- a summary of the relevant MARC fields we’ll be using on the day
- ‘The vocabulary of rare books’ – a basic glossary of common terms
- a list of useful online sources
You don’t have to read anything in advance, but for those who do like to read ahead, these will be useful resources.
The National Acquisitions Group’s Quickstart Cataloguing for Local Studies is now fully booked.
Members will be able to watch the recording afterwards. And NAG membership for public libraries is currently free.