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The personal blog of Anne Welsh, a lecturer in Library and Information Studies specialising in Cataloguing, Historical Bibliography and Digital Humanities.

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  • October 11, 2015
  • 05:31 PM

History of Cataloguing 3: Cutters’ Objects and Means

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

In the third in the series covering the historical texts suggested in the reading list for INSTG004 Cataloguing, this post discusses the continuing influence of Charles Ammi Cutters' ideas, as expressed in his Rules for a Printed Dictionary Catalogue (1876).... Read more »

Charles Ammi Cutter. (1876) Rules for a Printed Dictionary Catalogue. Internet Archive. info:/

  • October 4, 2015
  • 05:36 PM

History of Cataloguing. 2. Jewett

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

The second in a series on the History of Cataloguing, this post highlights OCLC's news that they will no longer be printing catalogue cards and provides an insight into Charles Coffin Jewett's suggestion that shared cataloguing be undertaken, led by the Smithsonian Institution in the mid-nineteenth century.... Read more »

Charles Coffin Jewett. (1853) On the Construction of Catalogues of Libraries, and their Publication by Means of Separate, Stereotyped Titles, with Rules and Examples. 2nd ed. Hathi Trust Digital Library. info:/

  • September 27, 2015
  • 06:24 PM

History of Cataloguing. 1. Ranganathan

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

This post is the first in a series sparked by the selection of books for the History of Cataloguing section of the reading list for the core cataloguing module on the MA LIS. It highlights what Ranganathan had to say in his Five Laws (1931) regarding Cataloguing.... Read more »

S.R. Ranganathan. (1931) The Five Laws of Library Science. Hathi Trust Digital Library. info:/

  • November 28, 2012
  • 03:24 AM

Digital Bibliography

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

'Early Modern Oxford Bindings in Twenty-first Century Markup' (Library Review) is the first of several articles on Digital Bibliography (the application of Digital Humanities research methods in the older field of Bibliography). As well as providing a description of a pilot project to TEI encode the Bodleian Library's 17th century Binders Book, it exemplifies the kind of innovative research that can be achieved by library staff working towards a qualification.... Read more »

  • January 29, 2010
  • 12:11 PM

Science Behind the Warm Fuzzy Feeling

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Richard L. Hart's article finds no evidence through citation analysis for the higher quality of published articles from collaborative research. However, the quality of manuscripts submitted may be higher, so the author experience may be better.... Read more »

  • January 26, 2010
  • 06:21 PM

Learning to Teach

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Summary of Kate marek's article on the support required for LIS faculty in order to create and teach online courses... Read more »

Kate Marek. (2009) Learning to teach online: creating a culture of support for faculty. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 50(4), 275-292. info:/

  • February 7, 2009
  • 12:00 AM

Limiting the Dataset

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Limiting the dataset helps clinicians find what they need quickly... Read more »

  • November 15, 2008
  • 12:26 PM

Health Sector Information Skills Training

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia


In the 25th anniversary issue of Health Information and Libraries Journal, Margaret E.S. Forrest provides an overview of the role of informational professionals in user education.

It’s particularly useful for those of us who have not been working in the sector so long, since it highlights the growth of IT and EBM (evidence based medicine) and [...]... Read more »

Margaret E. S. Forrest. (2008) Learning and teaching retrospective. Health Information , 22-24. DOI/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2008.00799.x

  • October 21, 2008
  • 12:00 AM

Why Control Authority?

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Preparing this week’s lecture, I came across an interesting paper by Ling Hwey Jeng questioning the necessity and cost-effectiveness of authority control.

After a brief synopsis of the main aims and objectives, Jeng concludes that

In cataloging, accuracy means authoritative, standardized, and consistent accuracy. It means both completeness (i.e. retrieving all relevant information), and without false information (i.e. [...]... Read more »

Ling Hweng Jeng. (2002) What Authority? Why Control?. Cataloging , 34(4), 91-97. DOI/10.1300/J104v34n04_09

  • September 25, 2008
  • 09:28 AM

Analyzing the Impact of an Author’s Publications

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Rooting around in some citation analysis papers, I’ve come across a neat synopsis of the issues surrounding the use of citation count to determine the impact of an individual author’s work [*].

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker and Jack T. Smith give an account of a library enquiry to determine the impact of various members of [...]... Read more »

Lee A. Vucovich, Jason Blaine Baker, & Jack T. Smith. (2008) Analyzing the impact of an author's publications. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 96(1), 63-66. DOI/10.3163/1536-5050.96.1.63

  • September 21, 2008
  • 02:09 PM

Getting the Balance Right

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Preparing my paper for Elisad on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of Web 2.0, I’m grateful to the Blogging Section of SLA-IT and resource shelf respectively for highlighting articles on how to generate and limit User Generated Content.

As governmental organisations or NGOs, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) information providers have a real need to [...]... Read more »

Margaret Sica-Browm, & Jeffrey Beall. (2008) Library 2.0 and the problem of hate speech. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 9(2). DOI/

  • September 20, 2008
  • 04:00 AM

A Brief History of Blame

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

We tend to think of vicarious liability as a modern product of a society we believe is becoming more and more litigious. However, continuing my reading around case studies and their historical use, I’ve come across a portrait of how blame and fear of blame was heaped upon medical personnel delivering babies in 17th century [...]... Read more »

Lianne McTavish. (2006) Blame and vindication in the Early Modern birthing chamber. Medical History, 447-464. DOI/PMC1592634

  • September 15, 2008
  • 12:00 AM

Case Studies in the Late 17th Century

by Anne Welsh in Library Marginalia

Alan Lovell’s post on the uses of case studies really got me thinking and fishing around on the web - so often in health information we deal only in the higher levels of evidence that it’s easy not to think about the lower-level stuff, especially the one-off cases.

Found a great article by S. Sandassie on [...]... Read more »

S Sandassie. (2008) Evidence-based medicine? Patient case studies in English surgical treatises, 1660-1700. Medical Humanities, 34(1), 11-18. DOI/10.1136/jmh.2008.000266

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