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Founder members:

Céline Carty has worked in libraries since the Dark Ages, some time in the late 20th century. During that time, she has held various posts in a number of libraries of different sizes but has always had a special interest in cataloguing, even when not a full-time cataloguer. She was very lucky to spend 18 sun-drenched months on an internship as a cataloguer in Stanford University. While she was there, she was NACO and BIBCO trained while discovering that MARC21 was surprisingly different to the UKMARC she had experienced before. She is currently a Cataloguing Team Leader at Cambridge University Library, with a special interest in cataloguing training and documentation as well as non-book formats (looseleaf, AV material). She is also a member of the CIG Committee. Blog | Twitter

Venessa Harris has worked in libraries since 2002, learning the craft of information retrieval amongst the book shelves at a Community College LRC. It was here that she decided to make a career in librarianship and embarked on a path of both work experience and study in order to do so. Shelving and counter duties made up the foundations of every day library life, however a sharp turn into Acquisitions ensued. Switching posts to an assistant role with a multitude and variety of tasks encompassing processing and cataloguing led to a steep increase in the fascination of the code, craft and future of cataloguing, which is how Venessa came to be Metadata Administrator in her current role at the University of Plymouth Charles Seale-Hayne Library. Her specialist interest is in the future of cataloguing and metadata, professionalism and positive advocacy.

She is a member of CILIP, an official CILIP blogger, is currently studying MSc Information and Library studies from Aberystwyth, and blogs mostly about information management at and can be found on Twitter as @scarlettlibgirl.

An article in the Cilip Gazette about my role as Metadata Administrator 


Lucy Seale has been working in various cataloguing roles since she began her library career in 2002. She first became interested in the cataloguing and classification side of librarianship during her year as a graduate trainee at the London Library where she was given the opportunity to catalogue fiction books as part of their retrospective conversion project.  Two cat and class modules on the MA Library and Information Studies course at UCL as well as a dissertation about libraries changing from UKMARC to MARC21 encouraged her to apply for cataloguer posts.  After temporary retrospective project cataloguer posts at Anglia Ruskin University and the Institute of Psychiatry library, she has been a cataloguer at University College Falmouth library in Cornwall since 2007. At the moment this role mainly involves cataloguing sound recordings and music scores. With the advent of RDA she is developing an interest in the training needed for the transition. She is currently serving on the committee of CILIP’s Cataloguing and Indexing group.

Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at University College London, where she teaches Cataloguing and Historical Bibliography. Before becoming a full-time academic, Anne spent nearly 15 years in special libraries, in roles that always involved cataloguing, classification and / or taxonomy design. She is a regular speaker at conferences, and the chair of Cilip’s Executive Briefings on RDA (2010, 2011 and 2012). Her co-authored book, Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC21 will be available from Facet in March 2011. Webpages | Blog | Twitter

Jennie-Claire Perry is currently working in her first professional post as a peripatetic cataloguer for the University of the Arts London, working across all the University libraries and including some archival work. Prior to this she worked as a senior library assistant with responsibility for cataloguing at Birkbeck, University of London, and as a library assistant at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and the University for the Creative Arts at Maidstone. Jennie is currently Secretary of the ARLIS Students and Trainees committee, which ties in her with her interest in cataloguing in art institutions. She is also interested in the cataloguing of electronic resources, as part of her current role involves the acquisition and cataloguing of all e-books for UAL. Blog|Twitter

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