Union catalogues for the UK: what do we want and how do we achieve it

Added by Sarah on 30 January 2007 17:57

Tuesday, 30 January 2007 10:30 - 16:30

Location: Royal Society of Arts, London

This seminar considered union catalogues and the desirability and feasibility of moving towards establishing an enhanced union cataloguing of library collections across the UK.

The main issues considered included bibliographic records and inventory control; resource discovery; coverage and scope of catalogues; and technological issues. In this context, the meeting sought to address a range of important questions:

  • What do we have now and how might it be improved?
  • Who would use these improvements and how would they benefit?
  • How might the improvements be achieved, by whom and at what cost?
  • Would the desired benefits be achieved cost-effectively, and could they be achieved in some other way?

The discussion was structured around a series of presentations from key experts, below, from the UK and beyond:

  • Michael Jubb - Research Information Network
  • Inge Angevaare - Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Netherlands
  • Gordon Dunsire - Centre for Digital Library Research, University of Strathclyde
  • Paul Watry - Cheshire Project, University of Liverpool
  • Sean Dunne - MIMAS, University of Manchester
  • Fred Guy - EDINA/SUNCAT, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Miller - Talis
  • Robin Murray - OCLC PICA
  • Derek Law - University of Strathclyde
  • Mike Mertens - CURL (now RLUK)
  • Caroline Brazier - British Library
  • Rachel Bruce - JISC

The event meeting notes, speakers papers and presentations are available below.

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