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Modern Special Collections Cataloguing: A University of London Case Study

Citation: Attar, Karen (2013) Modern Special Collections Cataloguing: A University of London Case Study. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science,, 45 (3). pp. 168-176. ISSN 0961-0006 (print); 1741-6477 (online)

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Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on modern special collections (in themselves no new phenomenon), with a dichotomy between guidance for detailed cataloguing in Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books) (DCRM(B), 2007) and the value of clearing cataloguing backlogs expeditiously. This article describes the De la Mare Family Archive of Walter de la Mare's Printed Oeuvre at Senate House Library, University of London, as an example of a modern author collections in an institutional library. It sets out the particular cataloguing challenges faced, looking at both general and copy-specific features and discussing the relation between bibliography and catalogue when no comprehensive bibliography exists. It confirms the adequacy of AACR2 for general cataloguing purposes, while noting the benefit of DCRM(B)’s more expansive copy-specific instructions.

Creators: Attar, Karen (0000-0002-0898-808x) and
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Subjects: English
Keywords: modern special collections, Walter de la Mare, cataloguing, special collections cataloguing, Senate House Library, University of London
Divisions: Institute of English Studies
Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies
Collections: Book History
  • 2013 (published)


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