Wow, that sounds like quite a challenge! Cataloguing policies are great - I finally got round to writing one for general stock and for archives stock a couple of years back which has been really useful for all sorts of reasons.
It's much easier to do these things now that DCRM(B) is available online. I struggled to get the print copy we have.
From: CIG E-Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Erika Delbecque
Sent: 15 April 2015 10:23
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Subject: [CIG-E-FORUM] Routes into rare book cataloguing
I am Erika Delbecque, and I am currently working as the Assistant Librarian at St Hilda's College, Oxford. As part of my role, I look after the college library's collection of around 1000 rare books, ranging from incunabula to private press items and everything in between. They are all uncatalogued. As a first step, I have drawn up a local cataloguing policy, and I have started cataloguing the first few items. Although I have volunteered at several Special Collections libraries in the past, this is the first time I am creating rare book records from scratch. As part of a small team in which there is no antiquarian cataloguing expertise, I am grateful for this opportunity, and I think that our discussions today and the practical exercises tomorrow will be very helpful for me.
Erika Delbecque BA MA MCLIP
St Hilda's College Library
Oxford OX4 1DY
(01865) 276 849