I had a few problems getting to grips with provenance for quite some time, the problems I encountered were mainly due to our Library management system – Sierra not having searchable provenance and binding fields, however, with a great deal of help from both my line manager and the Library Systems Manager, we were able to get searchable 562 provenance and 563 binding fields.
I have found David Pearson’s book – ‘Provenance Research in book history : A handbook’ invaluable.
I initially found it very hard to describe provenance, and I think I was way to wordy, after looking at examples from other Libraries with major rare book collections, I learnt that it is important to be brief and succinct. Another important rule is to only describe what you see, don’t make any second guesses.
Collections & Archives blog: http://manuscriptsandmore.liv.ac.uk