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Our 2017 annual meeting and conference was held at Lambeth Palace Library, Monday 13th November
The conference was followed by a wine reception in celebration of the Forum's 25th anniversary, featuring a toast by Peter Hoare, first Chair of the Historic Libraries Forum
Our 2016 conference was held at King’s College, Cambridge on Friday 18th November It explored the different ways in which historic collections can be used as tools for engagement with new audiences.
Our speakers were:
A record of tweets for the event can be found here
“Practicalities, pleasures and pitfalls: uncovering digitisation projects”
University College London, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT
Thursday 12th November, 10.30am-c.4.30pm (registration & refreshments from 10.00am)
The 2015 annual conference explored digitisation projects from differing perspectives through real life examples.
Slides from our morning speakers are available below:
The Historic Libraries Forum held another workshop on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on Wednesday 30th September 2015. The workshop was held in the Library at Pusey House, Oxford, led by Stewart Tiley, of St John’s College Oxford, and Anna James, of Regent’s Park College Oxford and Pusey House.
The workshop was aimed at those with little or no formal training in historical bibliography and antiquarian cataloguing. It looked at practical and technical skills, such as establishing bibliographical format, collational formulae and book structure, aspects of DCRM (B) and RDA cataloguing, as well as some of the more ephemeral skills a cataloguer needs to tackle difficulties with dating items and recording provenance and binding information.
Slides from the day are available here:
Introduction to Rare Books
Thursday 20 November at Brunel University, London
The 2014 annual conference, ?Beyond the Bid?, was devoted to the theme of projects: including planning, fundraising, managing, and sustaining the outcomes of projects into the future. The conference was held at Brunel University, London, on Thursday 20 November 2014.
Monday 27th January 2014 at Middle Temple Library, London
A half day workshop organised by ARLIS bringing Conservators and Librarians together to discuss how they work and how they can assist one another in a challenging economic climate. Speakers included Lizzie Neville ACR, independent conservator and Director of PZ Conservation CIC; Middle Temple Librarian Renae Satterley; Lara Artemis, Collections Care Manager at the Parliamentary Archives; Collections Care Consultant Helen Lindsay, Caroline Peach, Consultant, Preservation Matters Ltd. and Ros Buck from the Chantry Library. Supported by Arlis/UK&Ireland, Historic Libraries Forum and Icon.
To have and to hold: guarding against the disposal of collections
Tuesday 19th November 2013 at The Royal Asiatic Society, London
The 2013 annual conference concerned best practice in the management of historic collections, covering disposal and 'weeding', safeguarding threatened collections and accepting collections into your library. The keynote speakers were Professor David McKitterick (Librarian & Vice-Master of Trinity College Cambridge) and Alison Cullingford (Special Collections Librarian at Bradford University). These were complemented by case-studies from Helen Cordell (Royal Asiatic Society), Emma Greenwood (Jerwood Library, Trinity Laban Conservatoire), Peter Keelan (Cardiff University Library) and Christine Penney (Hurd Library). A full schedule for the day may be found here.
Tuesday 30 April 2013 at Bromley House Library, Nottingham
This free event included an introduction to the library and its collections, followed by a tour of the library. Sessions in the afternoon covered the cataloguing project at Bromley House and its use & management of volunteers, quality control in cataloguing, the cataloguing of rare books, and fundraising with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The full programme for the day can be found here.
Tuesday 15 November 2011. 10.00am-4.00pm at The Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD
In a time of tightened belts, the Annual Meeting examined ways in which to advance your library and your own professional development on a limited budget. The morning speakers included Alison Cullingford of the University of Bradford, Phil Sykes on winning friends and influencing people, and Katie Birkwood on 23 things for professional development. Following the all-important lunch, coffee, networking and Forum AGM, the afternoon brought together three case studies - with plenty of time for discussion - on Bishopsgate Library's use of volunteers, on successful Heritage Lottery Fund bids at St John's College Cambridge, and on the Friends of Senate House Library London. A write-up of the day can be found here.
The Historic Libraries Forum held a workshop on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on May 26th 2011. It was hosted by York Minster Library.
The trainers were Stewart Tiley (St John?s College Library, Oxford) and Julianne Simpson (John Rylands Library, Manchester).
Tuesday 23 November 2010. 10.00am-4.30pm at The British Library, London
This conference looked at outreach and publicity opportunities for special and rare books libraries. The day covered: ways of promoting or broadening the appeal of collections to new audiences; partnerships with other libraries and community organisations; exhibitions; libraries at risk; digitisation; contact with wider cultural initiatives and the achievement of recognition in a regional, national or international context. There were case studies and a panel discussion with practical advice and time for networking.
Another successful Historic Libraries Forum cataloguing workshop was held on 14th July 2010 at the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.
An Historic Libraries Forum workshop on the importance of researching and recording the provenance of books was held on April 29th 2010 at the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London. Speakers were the acknowledged authority David Pearson, Director of Guildhall Libraries, Alison Walker, David Shaw and Alison Wilson.
The Historic Libraries Forum held its latest workshop on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on January 25th 2010 at St John's College, Cambridge. These courses are aimed at those with little or no formal training in historical bibliography and antiquarian cataloguing. The workshop looked at practical and technical skills, such as establishing bibliographical format, collational formula and book structure, alongside some of the more ephemeral skills a cataloguer needs to tackle difficulties with dating items and recording provenance and binding information.
Sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance
The annual meeting for 2009 was held on Tuesday 17th November at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD. Topics included collection security, the insurers' perspective and security marking and there were a number of useful case studies from members.
The Historic Libraries Forum arranged a workshop on music cataloguing held at Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall), Cambridge, on Monday 21st September 2009. The course was based on the Western classical tradition and dealt with printed and recorded music. There was advice both on cataloguing and dating antiquarian music.
The Historic Libraries Forum held another of its popular series of day-long workshops on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on 7th July 2009 at the Deansgate branch of The John Rylands Library in Manchester.
Sponsored by The IMC Group (http://www.the-imcgroup.com/)
Thursday, 20th November, 2008 at the Wellcome Institute, 183 Euston Road, London.
The conference was designed to help small and independent libraries put in place structures and guidelines for dealing with disasters of all shapes and sizes. Practical measures for prevention and recovery were discussed.
October 2nd 2008 - The John Rylands University Library, Manchester
A Novice's Introduction to the Identification, Dating and Preservation of Bookbindings.
The workshop was hosted at the Deansgate site of the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, and was aimed at those with no background knowledge of binding history or identification. It included a tour of the Conservation Studio
The Historic Libraries Forum in collaboration with the Bibliographical Standards Committee held two day-long workshops on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on March 4th at New Hall, Cambridge, and on April 3rd at The British Museum. These courses were aimed at those with little or no formal training in historical bibliography and antiquarian cataloguing.
The annual meeting for 2007 was held on Thursday 15th November at the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD
The annual meeting for 2006 was held on Thursday 16 November in the Weston Room, Maughan Library, King?s College London, Chancery Lane.
The day covered improving access to buildings and collections, security issues, virtual access through websites and email and the importance of access as a factor in securing grants. Tours of the Maughan Library and Foyle Special Collections with Katie Sambrook, Special Collections Librarian, and colleagues were a highlight.
The Historic Libraries Forum, in collaboration with the Rare Books Group and Rare Books in Scotland, held two day-long workshops on cataloguing antiquarian and early printed collections on May 24th and May 25th 2006. These courses, aimed at those with little or no formal training in historical bibliography and antiquarian cataloguing, were heavily over-booked and feedback was very positive.
Thursday 15 December 2005. Stephenson Lecture Theatre, British Museump>This was a meeting about all kinds of manuscripts and related material found in libraries, including personal papers, scholarly documents, correspondence and the library's own archives. In addition it covered some of the initiatives in the archive world to which libraries could contribute. The day ended with a talk on the British Museum archives.
29th October 2004, Stephenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum
The Historic Libraries Forum Autumn meeting for 2004 focused on automation for the small specialist library. Speakers discussed the issues faced when automating a small library for the first time, with papers on the fundamentals of automation and on the practicalities of running an automation project. The afternoon session consisted of a series of brief presentations from users of some of the different systems discussed, then an open question and answer session. The day concluded with a visit to the British Museum Reading Room for a demonstration of British Museum catalogue, presented by Joanna Bowring, Head of Libraries and Information. The Annual General Meeting of the Historic Libraries Forum also took place during the day.