Getting going

This excellent new blog charts Karen Attar’s progress in compiling the new edition of A Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, check it out!

Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland

2014: a new year and a huge new national project for special collections. Several years ago the committee of the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group, producer of the major reference tool A Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, realised that the Directory, last published in 1997, was losing its currency. That is no reflection on the book’s basic worth, but a recognition of a rapidly changing environment, in which collections are acquired, dispersed and transferred; institutions to which special collections belong recreate their identity; and new libraries spring into being. Thanks to heroic advances in computerised cataloguing, we also know far more about our collections than we did fifteen years ago, with hard facts replacing estimates and impressions of collection strengths and sizes. So the time was right to produce a new edition. We conducted some…

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