#CIG16 After Dinner Speaker

At this year’s CIG conference in Swansea we will be very pleased to welcome artist Sam Winston as our after dinner speaker on Thursday 1st September.  Sam will be talking about his collaborative picture-book with Oliver Jeffers called A Child of Books, coming out September 2016. The book is an ode to storytelling and imagination, featuring landscapes crafted out of excerpts taken from over 40 works of classic children’s literature. Sam’s typographic settings paired with Oliver’s character illustrations tell the story of two children’s adventures into the world of stories.

For those of you who are new to Sam’s work, this extract from his website http://www.samwinston.com/ will perhaps illustrate how his art should be of interest to those of us who work with metadata and text:

Sam Winston’s practise is concerned with language both as a carrier of messages but also as a form in and of itself. Initially known for his typography and artist books, he employs a variety of different approaches including drawing, data mapping and poetry.

A continuing theme is his exploration of the hidden narratives found in canonical bodies of text. Works such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species or classic nineteenth century children’s literature are often subject to data mining and cut and paste techniques to playfully reveal meta narratives and visual assumptions.

Sam’s new book A Child of Books is being published on 1st September, the date of our conference, so we are lucky to have this exclusive opportunity to hear him talk on publication day.

Sam can be found on Twitter and Instagram:  @samwinston_


Library Carpentry at the CIG Conference: 1 Week to Book!

The keynote speaker at the CIG Conference 2016 will be Dr James Baker, Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the School of History, Art History and Philosophy and at the Sussex Humanities Lab.

James is a historian of long eighteenth century Britain and a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. He holds degrees from the University of Southampton and latterly the University of Kent, where in 2010 he completed his doctoral research on the late-Georgian satirical artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank.

As an eighteenth centuryist, his research interests include satirical art, the making and selling of printed objects, urban protest, and corpus analysis. His near historical interests include the curation of personal digital archives, the critical examination of forensic software and captures, the use of born-digital archives in historical research, and scribing and archiving in the age of the hard disk.

Prior to joning Sussex, James has held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art. He is a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar and a member of the History Lab Plus Advisory Board.

We very much hope you will be able to join us in Swansea to hear James’ keynote on Library Carpentry, whether as a day delegate or while attending the full conference. The early bird offer has now closed but bookings remain open until 17th August 2016.

To see the full programme for the conference and to book online visit the conference web page here.

C&I Call for Papers

Catalogue and Index issue 184 (Sept) will feature current and recent research on cataloguing and metadata issues.  If you have conducted some research and would like to share your findings, or perhaps have recently completed a research degree or project and would like to summarise your methods and results, we will be pleased to hear from you.  We welcome contributions from students as well as practitioners.

Articles should be about 1500-2000 words, and the final date of submission is 31st August 2016, please see our website for further details http://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/catalogue-index/guidance-contributors or contact the editors, Helen Garner and Karen Pierce for more information:  H.J.Garner@shu.ac.uk and PierceKF@Cardifff.ac.uk

Metadata and Linked Data seminar, Edinburgh,12 September

LOD2aCIG Scotland is pleased to announce our 5th linked data event, which will take place in Edinburgh on the 12 of September.

This year we are delighted to welcome speakers from the British Library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews, the RDA Steering Committee, and the National Library of Scotland, with other speakers to be confirmed.

Speakers will describe the practice and challenges of implementing linked data in a library and information environment, from local pilots and experiments to national services.  The opportunities and challenges that linked data presents to cataloguers, libraries and the wider information landscape will be explored, with speakers describing their organisation’s experience, as well as providing an insight into national metadata strategies.

The seminar will be of interest to professionals involved in cataloguing, metadata, resource discovery, and data interoperability, with an interest in linked data, open data and the semantic web.


  • Event        Metadata and Linked Data: projects, experiments and services in libraries
  • Date          Monday 12th September 2016
  • Time         10:00-16:00 (registration and refreshments 10:00-10:30)
  • Venue       Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation,  High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ
  • Cost           £60 (online booking fees apply)

A buffet lunch will be provided.

The full programme is still to be announced, but confirmed speakers include:

  • Alan Danskin, British Library, describing linked data initiatives and BL metadata strategy
  • Mélanie Roche, Bibliothèque nationale de France, describing linked data intiatives at the BnF
  • Gordon Dunsire, RDA Steering Committee, describing RDA linked data work
  • Alasdair MacDonald & Ruby Wilkins, Edinburgh University Library, describing a project to link authorities across local datasets
  • Janet Aucock, St Andrews University Library, providing a cataloguer’s linked data perspective
  • Alexandra De Pretto, National Library of Scotland, describing experiments with linked data at the national library
  • Dr Torsten Reimer, Imperial College London, providing an overview of ORCID and the benefits for global scholarly communication systems

To reserve your place please register via Eventbrite at http://tinyurl.com/cigslod2016

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in September.

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Alan Jeffreys Award Winner Announced

CIG and CIGS are pleased to announce that the Alan Jeffreys Award 2015 has been awarded to Fred Guy. Fred has been awarded the prize:

“For being a stalwart for the development and advocacy of librarians throughout his career and particularly for cataloguing and indexing professionals in Scotland since the mid-1980s. Fred has been an active committee member of CIGS since 1988 and has served as both Secretary and Vice Chair with distinction, enabling it to become one of the most active and prominent special interest groups in Scotland”.

The Alan Jeffreys Award is a fitting tribute to his long standing commitment and service to the profession and CIG would like to take this opportunity to wish Fred a long and happy retirement.

CIG Annual General Meeting 2016

The Cataloguing & Indexing Group’s 51st Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 1st September 2016 from 16:30 – 17:30. As it coincides with our conference, the venue this year is Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea, SA1 8EN.

More details and documentation to follow when the full event details are published. Previous documents are available here.

We do hope you can join us.

Conference Early Bird Booking – Extension

We are very pleased to announce that the programme for the biennial CIG Conference has now been published in full and the early booking period extended to the end of July.

There are some great sessions lined up, not least from our keynote and after-dinner speakers! Full details can be found on, and shared from, the conference event page.

Conference details in summary
Theme: Innovation and Discovery
Dates: 2pm, Wednesday 31 August 2016 – 2pm, Friday 2nd September 2016
Venue: Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea, Wales, SA1 8EN, United Kingdom
Booking dates: Early booking closes 31 July 2016; Final closing date is 17 August 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Swansea!