Cataloguing Creativity: Call for Papers

Cataloguing Creativity: A Symposium on Cataloguing Literary Archives

Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts
Friday 15 November 2013 at the British Library

The Cataloguing Working Party of the Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts has recently published its Guidelines for Cataloguing Literary Archives and Manuscripts, along with a related Thesaurus and Glossary.

To mark this event, GLAM will be holding a one-day Symposium focusing on issues related to cataloguing literary archives and manuscripts. We hope that this will provide a valuable forum for imparting information and sharing experiences through a mix of papers, case studies and discussion.

GLAM’s definition of ‘literary’ encompasses creative writing in all genres, whether or not intended for publication, including: poetry; the novel; other forms of fiction; other prose writing such as essays and letters by or relating to ‘literary’ figures; writing for drama, in the theatre, or for radio, television and film; life writing; the writing of criticism relating to creative writing; and the process of publishing or otherwise supporting the production and dissemination of literature.

We are approaching the topic of this Symposium very broadly, and are seeking contributions (of approx. 20 minutes) from potential participants which might address any of the following topics:

  • Issues associated with cataloguing different types of literary archive, e.g. papers of individual writers, publishers, literary magazines, literary agencies, theatres.
  • Cataloguing literary collections containing special formats, e.g. born-digital or hybrid archives, audio-visual archives.

  • Researchers’ perspectives on, and requirements from, catalogues of literary papers.
  • Cataloguing methodologies, e.g. MPLP, in relation to literary archives.

  • The involvement of writers and other archive creators in the cataloguing of their own papers.
  • Cataloguing and data protection in relation to literary papers.

  • The use of authority records and other means of linking descriptions of related literary collections held in different institutions.
  • Researcher participation in cataloguing literary archives, and interactive finding aids, e.g. tagging records; crowd-sourcing catalogue information.

  • Collaborative partnerships between students and archival institutions focused on the documentation of literary collections.
  • Using keywords and subject indexing in finding aids for literary archives.

  • Cataloguing strategies in relation to literary collections.

    Please submit brief abstracts (of 100-300 words) to The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 28 June 2013.

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