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SCOLMA Annual Conference 2013 “Hidden Collections in African Studies”

May 21, 2013

Tuesday 9th July 2013,  9.30am - 5.00pm

Senate House Library, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Last year’s RLUK Hidden Collections report, http://www.rluk.ac.uk/files/RLUK%20Hidden%20Collections_0.pdf, shared the findings of a survey into “hidden collections” carried out by Research Libraries UK and the London Library in 2010, which aimed to gather evidence about the ongoing need for retrospective cataloguing of UK collections.

The report found that “hidden collections” (defined as material for which there is no online catalogue record) remain an immense problem for UK libraries. Over 13 million volumes were uncatalogued in the libraries that responded, 18.5% of the total number of volumes held by those libraries. Over 4 million more (in a smaller number of libraries) had unsatisfactory catalogue records. The report noted that foreign language material and formats which require particular skills and expertise (such as maps, music, and archives) were heavily represented in “hidden collections”, and found that while there were significant retrospective cataloguing projects underway the scale of the problem is often beyond individual institutions.

In addition, as more material becomes available online and researchers expectations of digital content expands, those resources not easily available in digital format in turn become “hidden”.

This conference will discuss the extent and scope of “hidden collections” in different formats in African Studies in the UK, look at examples of projects addressing this problem and work towards ways forward at a national level.

Programme (to be confirmed):

Mike Mertens, RLUK Deputy Executive Director and Data Services Manager will give an overview of the RLUL Hidden Collections project http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/hidden-collections and speak about current thinking nationally.

Papers will follow including discussions of political pamphlets and ephemera, missionary and church records, research reports from Africa, and the FCO ‘migrated archives’.

There will be time set aside for facilitated workshop discussion on ways forward for revealing and making available hidden collections in African Studies from a national subject/area studies perspective.

Enquiries to:

Lucy McCann, Archivist, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth & African Studies, Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG 

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270908   

Email: lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

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Booking Form

http://scolma.org/scolma-2013-conference-on-line-booking-form/ 

Conference Fee

Conference fee £30.  Retired, unwaged, students £20.   Includes coffee/tea and lunch.  This form should be returned by 24th June 2013 with your remittance, made payable to SCOLMA, to :

Lucy McCann, Archivist, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth & African Studies, Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3RG 

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270908    Email: lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk