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Cataloguer as distant collaborator: implications of the use of catalogue data in Humanities research

Welsh, A; (2016) Cataloguer as distant collaborator: implications of the use of catalogue data in Humanities research. Presented at: Emerging Research in Library and Information Science, Institute of Historical Research, London, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

This workshop presentation builds on papers at the Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2014 (Welsh, 2014), the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section Midterm 2016 (Welsh, 2016d), and the Gladstone Umbrella 2016 (Welsh, 2016a), short communications in Catalogue and Index (Welsh, 2015; Welsh 2016b) and a research paper in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly (Welsh, 2016c) to consider the use of computational tools to analyse catalogue data as part of the Humanities researcher’s methodological toolkit. Examples are drawn from PhD research into the Working Library of Walter de la Mare (Welsh, 2017) and from early work in progress using GladCat (Gladstone’s Library, 2003- ), the reading database of the working library of Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone, to demonstrate how emerging techniques in quantitative analysis of catalogue data are being further developed to support research. This presentation showcases the repurposing of tools developed outside Library and Information Studies (including reference management software, computational linguistics apps and network analysis programs) and by LIS developers for collection management (including Library Management Systems themselves and Copac’s Content Management Tools (Copac, last accessed 2016)). Finally, it asserts that as catalogue data is the foundation of the scholarly database, the cataloguers who created the data are collaborators in the research process after (sometimes long after) they completed the cataloguing task, and the potential implications of this on practice. Works Cited Copac (last accessed 31/07/2016). Copac Content Management Tools, https://ccm.copac.jisc.ac.uk Gladstone’s Library (2003- ). GladCat, http://gladcat.cirqahosting.com Welsh, Anne (2014). Metadata Output and the Researcher. CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference, Canterbury, September, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1450941/ Welsh, Anne (2015). Metadata Output and the Researcher. Catalogue and Index 178: 2-8, http://www.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Catalogue%20and%20Index%20issue%20178,%20March%202015.pdf Welsh, Anne (2016a). Gladstone’s Library as a Writer’s Library and Its Scholarly Contribution. Gladstone Umbrella 2016, Hawarden, Wales, July, https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/1142407/1 Welsh, Anne (2016b). MarcEdit for Mac and the Rare Books Researcher. Catalogue and Index (in press). Welsh, Anne (2016c). The Rare Books Catalog and the Scholarly Database. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 54(5-6): 317-337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2016.1188433 Welsh, Anne (2016d). The Rare Books Catalogue as the Foundation of the Scholarly Database. IFL Rare Books and Special Collections Section Midterm, Lisbon, Portugal, February, https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/1113273/1 Welsh, Anne (2017). The Working Library of Walter de la Mare and its Impact on his own Poetry and Short Stories: Thesis Submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies. University College London.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Cataloguer as distant collaborator: implications of the use of catalogue data in Humanities research
Event: Emerging Research in Library and Information Science
Location: Institute of Historical Research, London, United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://blog.history.ac.uk/2016/08/library-workshop...
Language: English
Keywords: Cataloguing, cataloging, research collaboration, library data.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508453
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