Presentation on theme: "Why we still need the physical book and what digital research adds to its history Anne Welsh Lecturer in Library & Information Studies Paper in the brave."— Presentation transcript:
why we still need the physical book and what digital research adds to its history Anne Welsh Lecturer in Library & Information Studies Paper in the brave new digital world: A painless introduction to...
painless introductions MA LIS / MA ARM / MA Digital Humanities
painless introductions “Bibliography is the discipline that studies texts as recorded forms, and the processes of their transmission, including their production and reception.” ~ D.F. McKenzie
painless introductions Types of Bibliography Enumerative bibliography –Listing books by topic, date, type or author Historical bibliography –Primarily the physical processes of book production Analytical bibliography –Identifying differences and the “ideal copy” Descriptive bibliography –Describing all the evidence about the book Textual bibliography –The text in relation to its transmission processes
painless introductions The life of books
painless introductions The bibliographer’s province
painless introductions Communications Circuit Economic & social conjuncture AuthorPublisher Printers: Compositors Pressmen Warehousemen Suppliers: Paper Ink Type Labour Shippers: Agents Smugglers Entrepot Keeper Waggoner, etc. Booksellers: Wholesellers Retailers Peddlers Binders, etc. Readers: Purchasers Borrowers Clubs Libraries Political & legal sanctions Intellectual influences & publicity After Darnton
painless introductions Books at the forefront of technology
painless introductions Other innovations Digitised collections from jpeg to pdf to fully-browsable Online catalogues from card / paper to online (MARC) from surrogate to full-text from format-specific to institution-wide from institutional to national to international
painless introductions Technology in the Brave New World
painless introductions Homogenisation? ‘There is nothing wrong in the whole wide world’ by Chris Cobb, 2005
painless introductions As it’s Burns Night...
painless introductions Versioning in the digital collection
“Extreme Versioning” Barker & Lucas, “Wicked Bible” 1631 Borel’s singes dactylographes more likely to produce millions of errors than text of the quality of Shakespeare... But is it the quantity or the quality of error that really matters?
painless introductions More typical versioning
Store them? Preserve them? How?
painless introductions Digital versus print?
painless introductions Readers
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