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CERL Consortium of European Research Libraries Dr David J. Shaw, Secretary National Library of CERL Consortium of European Research Libraries Dr David J. Shaw, Secretary National Library of Scotland 3 September 2003 CERL / NLS 3/9/2003

CERL • The Consortium was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries CERL • The Consortium was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries. • We currently have 44 full members, 31 other members, and 83 associated libraries. • Our primary objective is to record the European printed heritage: all books printed in Europe during the hand-press period, i. e. before c. 1830, in our Hand Press Book database. • Web address : http: //www. cerl. org/ CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 2

CERL members in the UK • • British Library, London National Library of Scotland, CERL members in the UK • • British Library, London National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth University of London Libraries (ULL and UCL) • University of Oxford Libraries CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 3

Hand Press Book database HPB • 1, 287, 469 records for books printed in Hand Press Book database HPB • 1, 287, 469 records for books printed in Europe from mid-15 th to mid-19 th centuries • 18 contributing libraries, with more records added each year • Full list of contributors on http: //www. cerl. org/HPB/hpb. htm CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 4

The HPB is searchable by • • Author Title Imprint town Printer or publisher The HPB is searchable by • • Author Title Imprint town Printer or publisher Date range Language Holding institution CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 5

Advanced search • Searches can be modified and combined • Records can be output Advanced search • Searches can be modified and combined • Records can be output in a variety of formats • MARC output is available for derived cataloguing CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 6

CERL Thesaurus • Contains variant forms of names of – places – imprint names CERL Thesaurus • Contains variant forms of names of – places – imprint names – personal names • CERL hopes to add – provenance information – printers’ devices • Can combine place and imprint names to show all printers who were active in a certain place • Is freely available ! http: //www. cerl. org/Thesaurus/thesaurus. htm CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 7

Variant imprint places • How do you find all the books printed in Paris? Variant imprint places • How do you find all the books printed in Paris? • Thesaurus lists 48 different forms • All can be searched for in one operation CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 en Parisiois, Lutecia Parisiorum, Lutetiae Parisiorum, Lutetiae-Parisiorum, Parhisiis, Parige, Pariggi, Parishe, Parisiae, Parisiis, Parisioi, Parisius, Parisk, Parisorum, Parissi, Parisu, Pariz, Parrhisiae, Parrhisiis, Parrhisium, Parrhisius, Parrhysiis, Parsii, Parys, W Paryzu 8

Variants for Edinburgh Alata Castra Alatus Burgus Aneda Burgus Alatus Castra Alata Castra Puellarum Variants for Edinburgh Alata Castra Alatus Burgus Aneda Burgus Alatus Castra Alata Castra Puellarum Dun Eudain Eden-Bourgh Edenborough Edenbourgh Edenburgh Edenburgum Edibourg CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 Edimbourgh Edimburga Edimburghum Edimburgum Edin-Bruaich Edinborough Edinbourgh Edinburga Edinburge Edinburgiensum Edinburgium Edinburgk Edinburgum Edinburum Edingborough Edingburgh Edingurgh Edinum Edninburgh Edynburgh Endinburgh 9

Printers and publishers • For each imprint place, a list of imprint names can Printers and publishers • For each imprint place, a list of imprint names can be obtained • Each name can be selected for more detailed biographical information CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 Adams, William Anderson, Andrew (1680) Balfour, John Baskett, John Bell, John Brown, William Bryson, James (1639) Bryson, James Bryson, Robert (1640) Cairns, John (1678) Calderwood, John (1685) Charteris, Henry 10

Assisted Searching • The CERL Thesaurus is used to support Assisted Searching on the Assisted Searching • The CERL Thesaurus is used to support Assisted Searching on the HPB database • Available for imprint places and imprint names • Assisted searching on personal names is under development • This is how it works. . . CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 11

CERL activities • developing the Hand Press Book database • developing the CERL Thesaurus CERL activities • developing the Hand Press Book database • developing the CERL Thesaurus • organising or participating in seminars and workshops on the history of the book and computer -based catalogues of printing before 1830 • publishing papers arising from the annual CERL Seminar • investigating technological issues relating to crosssearching of web-based catalogues of printed books and manuscripts CERL / NLS 3/9/2003 12

CERL Contact information For Membership details: D. J. Shaw@cerl. org For information about the CERL Contact information For Membership details: D. J. [email protected] org For information about the HPB / CERL Thesaurus Marian. [email protected] org CERL / NLS 3/9/2003