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'For the bibliographers at UCL': A Humument and the lessons it teaches 21st century librarians

Welsh, A; (2016) 'For the bibliographers at UCL': A Humument and the lessons it teaches 21st century librarians. Art Libraries Journal , 41 (4) pp. 209-223. 10.1017/alj.2016.26. Green open access

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Abstract

Object-based learning lies at the heart of teaching in both Historical Bibliography and Cataloguing classes on the MA Library and Information Studies at UCL. Tom Phillips’s work A Humument and the novel he chose to use as his canvas, W.H. Mallock’s A Human Document provide memorable ‘object lessons’ with scope for students to synthesize and evaluate their pre-existing learning from inside and outside the modules. It is important that the examples used in class are simple enough to illustrate the strengths of any conceptual model yet complex enough to highlight its limits. It is also ideal if examples can be beautiful as well as useful. A Humument fulfills all these criteria and, for students with no background in Art or Art Librarianship, also introduces the artists’ book as a genre and artists themselves as an important and interesting user group within information services.

Type: Article
Title: 'For the bibliographers at UCL': A Humument and the lessons it teaches 21st century librarians
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/alj.2016.26
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/alj.2016.26
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497184
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