CERL

Report
CERL
Consortium of
European Research
Libraries
Dr David J. Shaw, Secretary
National Library of Scotland
3 September 2003
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/
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CERL members in the UK
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British Library, London
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
University of London Libraries
(ULL and UCL)
• University of Oxford Libraries
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Hand Press Book database
HPB
• 1,287,469 records for books printed in
Europe from mid-15th to mid-19th centuries
• 18 contributing libraries, with more records
added each year
• Full list of contributors on
http://www.cerl.org/HPB/hpb.htm
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The HPB is searchable by
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Author
Title
Imprint town
Printer or publisher
Date range
Language
Holding institution
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Advanced search
• Searches can be modified and combined
• Records can be output in a variety of
formats
• MARC output is available for derived
cataloguing
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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
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Variant imprint places
• How do you find all the
books printed in Paris?
• The Thesaurus lists 48
different forms
• All can be searched for
in one operation
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en Parisiois, Lutecia, Lutecia
Parisiorum, Lutetia, Lutetia
Parisiorum, Lutetiae, Lutetiae
Parisiorum, Lutetiae-Parisiorum,
Parhisii, Parhisiis, Parige,
Pariggi, Parigi, Parishe, Parisi,
Parisiae, Parisii, Parisiis,
Parisioi, Parisius, Parisk,
Parisorum, Parissi, Parisu,
Pariz, Parrhisiae, Parrhisii,
Parrhisiis, Parrhisium,
Parrhisius, Parrhysiis, Parsii,
Parys, W Paryzu
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Variants for Edinburgh
Alata Castra
Alatus Burgus
Aneda
Burgus Alatus
Castra Alata
Castra Puellarum
Dun Eudain
Eden-Bourgh
Edenborough
Edenbourgh
Edenburg
Edenburgh
Edenburgum
Edibourg
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Edimbourg
Edimbourgh
Edimburg
Edimburga
Edimburgh
Edimburghum
Edimburgm
Edimburgum
Edin-Bruaich
Edinborough
Edinbourg
Edinbourgh
Edinburg
Edinburga
Edinburge
Edinburgi
Edinburgiensum
Edinburgium
Edinburgk
Edinburgum
Edinburum
Edingborough
Edingburg
Edingburgh
Edingurgh Edinum
Edninburgh
Edynburg
Edynburgh
Endinburgh
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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CERL
Contact information
For Membership details:
[email protected]
For information about
the HPB / CERL Thesaurus
[email protected]

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