Nominations Open for the Alan Jeffreys Award 2020

Nominations Open for the Alan Jeffreys Award 2020

Would you like to ensure that someone who has excelled in the technical practice area receives due recognition?

We invite you to send us nominations for the Alan Jeffreys Award 2020.

This biennial award was established in 1996 in memory of a former chairman of the Group.

It is presented to recipients in recognition of significant contributions in the fields of cataloguing, indexing or metadata management.

Nominations should provide evidence of exceptional achievement in one or more of the following categories and should also include an assessment of the impact that the nominee has had.

  • Creation and/or delivery of education, training or CPD in the technical practice areas of the Information Profession
  • Leadership in times of change
  • Delivery of projects that enhances search and discovery
  • Contributing to collection exposure and management

The 2020 award will be presented at the MDG conference in Birmingham 9th – 11th September with the recipient attending as the Groups’ guest.

To find out more about the Award please visit our Group pages and send nominations to by 15th May.

Catalogue & Index Call for Papers – June (issue 199) 2020

Catalogue & Index Call for Papers – June (issue 199) 2020


In this issue we will be looking at the transformation of data. This could mean the crosswalking of data from MARC to Dublin Core metadata elements, historic mapping between UKMARC and MARC21, upgrading your records to RDA from AACR2, or any number of other things!


We’re also interested in how data is transformed as it is transferred between systems. Does the same data appear in multiple places (LMS, repositories, vendor systems, reading list software, websites…), and if so, how does it change? Does your data risk getting lost in translation between catalogue and discovery layer, for example, and what tips and tricks do you use to remedy this?

Do you fear for the integrity of your data when it leaves the nest, or do you see the transfer of data between formats and systems as unlocking previously unrecognised potential?


We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories!


The deadline for this issue is 31st May.  Please contact the editors (Philip Keates: and Karen Pierce: with proposed papers, any queries, or if you want to offer a paper that does not fit into the theme mentioned.  We are always happy to consider papers on topics unrelated to an issue’s theme, especially if it is the result of some research you have conducted, or a project you have been involved in.  We encourage people from all sectors to contribute, and actively welcome international contributions as well. Papers can be up to 2,000 words, and we are happy to include a selection of images.  Please check our guidance for contributors:

Catalogue & Index 198 (March 2020) issue – Now available

Catalogue & Index 198 (March 2020) issue – Now available


The March issue of C&I celebrates the rebranding that is taking place this year, from Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG) to Metadata and Discovery Group (MDG).  We do so by showcasing articles that highlight the range and variety of metadata work – from corporate taxonomies to research data management, and from digitised special collections to union catalogues, and include a guest editorial by Nick Poole (CILIP CEO).


The issue is available here:


Articles include:


What’s in a name? From CIG to MDG to CPD by Jane Daniels


Taxonomy design and creation best practices by Heather Hedden


Digitised Special Collections Modus Operandi: Metadata Creation and Standards by Ourania Karapasia


Metadata for better data by Alex Ball


NBK, Library Hub, and bibliographic data by Bethan Ruddock


Speaking at the Cambridge Libraries Conference 2020 by Concetta La Spada


And a call for nominations for the Alan Jeffreys Award

Catalogue & Index 197 (December 2019)

Catalogue & Index 197 (December 2019)


We’d like to announce that the December issue of Catalogue & Index (197) is now live, with many apologies for the delay.


From the Editorial: Catalogue & Index 197


In this issue, we offer a sample of the wide and varied range of research being conducted into – and making use of – bibliographic metadata.


The issue includes


Exploring bibliographic records as research data by Sarah Wallbank, Danielle A. Kane, Madelynn Dickerson & Joshua Hutchinson


Has FRBR revolutionised our catalogues? A comparative analysis of AACR2 and RDA formatted records to the FRBR model by Annick Stein


Disability and accessibility language in subject headings and social tags by Mackenzie Johnson & Carlie Forsythe


BIBFRAME-ing the rare books catalogue: the Art and Rare Materials (ARM) ontology and the transformation of special collections metadata by Argula Rublack

Book available to review

We have the following title available to be reviewed for our journal Catalogue & Index.  The book will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Myntti, Jeremy (2019, ed.) Sudden position guide to cataloguing and metadata. Chicago: ALCTS.

Please bear in mind the following:

We expect the review to be completed within three months of the reviewer receiving the book.

Reviews should be at least 600 words (and can be longer).

The review will be published in the first available issue of Catalogue & Index.

The reviewer will get to keep the book.

(Further guidance will be sent to the reviewer)


If you are interested please contact the editor:

Call for Proposals: CIG (MDG) Conference 2020!

Call for Proposals: CIG (MDG) Conference 2020


In 2020 the Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) changes its name to Metadata & Discovery Group (MDG).  Join us, at our biennial conference, as we explore the transformation of our profession and its increasing importance to the information economy.


Metadata and Discovery

9-11 September 2020

Birmingham, UK

Venue: IET Birmingham, Austin Court


Cataloguing and indexing are well-established recognised skill sets which continue to be at the forefront of our group’s offer.  Our name change further reflects the fact that, as well as creating metadata, information professionals also need to manage, migrate and edit metadata in order to enable discovery of resources, and that they do so increasingly in non-traditional sectors.


Our conference theme


We invite proposals around the theme of metadata and discovery with an emphasis on ‘bigness’: big ideas, big projects, big ambitions and big impact.


Whether you are an experienced presenter or hoping to share your thoughts for the first time in front of a welcoming audience we hope you will consider submitting a proposal.  We encourage submissions from information professionals in every sector and are especially keen to hear from hitherto under-represented groups.  The conference language is English and the event is open to both members and non-members.


Conference schedule


The main conference will take place over the first two full days.  We are pleased to announce that, on the third day of the conference, we will again be focusing on RDA, with a programme organised by the UK Committee on RDA (UKCoR). The full delegate fee will include accommodation from Tuesday 8 September as the conference starts at 9am and we are hoping to arrange pre-conference visits to local libraries.

Conference topics


We welcome proposals that cover, but are not limited to, the following areas:


  • Advocacy
  • Authority control
  • Collaboration and co-operation
  • Controlled vocabularies/taxonomies
  • Digitisation & digital collections
  • Diversity
  • Education and new professionals
  • Ethics
  • Library management and other systems
  • Metadata creation, dissemination, enrichment, management
  • Metadata outside the library
  • Resource discovery
  • Semantic web
  • Standards


Submission formats


We welcome proposals, in English, in the following formats:


  • Conference papers (20-30 mins). An opportunity to present how your work, project or research relate to the conference themes.
  • Interactive sessions (40 mins). Practical sessions involving training or a significant level of interactivity, particularly those suited to a tiered-seating auditorium.
  • Panel discussions (30 mins). A panel of 2-3 representatives commenting on an agreed topic or challenge.
  • Posters (30 mins). A less formal presentation of your research, in the visual form of a paper poster (max size A2), with time included to engage directly with delegates in smaller groups.
  • Lightning talks (7 mins). An opportunity to swiftly share an idea, information or spark debate.


Submission guidelines


All submissions should be sent to and must include the following:


  • Title of proposed presentation
  • Presenter(s) name, position and affiliation (if any), email address
  • Biographical note (50 words max)
  • Presentation topic – from the list above or one related to our overall theme
  • A short summary (150 words max) for publication in the programme
  • Presentation abstract (500 words max)


Proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selection will be made based on their content, relevance and overall fit with the conference aims.  All successful authors will be eligible for discounted conference attendance with travel costs refunded up to the value of £100.


Key dates

  • Submissions deadline: 1 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 23 March 2020
  • Full presentation submission deadline: 23 June 2020
  • Conference registration opens: April 2020