National Library of Wales Cataloguing Visit 2014

Here’s a post from our committee member Karen Pierce about her recent visit to the National Library of Wales with Cataloguers in Wales

Cataloguers in Wales

IMG_3826 On Tuesday 18 th March staff at the National Library of Wales welcomed a group of 15 cataloguers, from around Wales, on a visit co-ordinated by the Cataloguers in Wales group.  Cataloguing staff at NLW had arranged a day of presentations to inform us about a variety of practices at the National Library, and we were treated to a fascinating visit with a quick tour behind scenes as well.

We were welcomed by Kathy Murphy (Head of Systems and Mixed Media Workflow) who gave us an overview of cataloguing practices at NLW, and a brief history of how the current workflows had come about.  They had moved from a system where everything was split by material, with separate acquisitions and cataloguing teams, and systems for each type, to a more functional single department and LMS.

IMG_3822As a legal deposit library they are obviously very standards aware, and are responsible for…

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