KeywordsCataloguing, cataloging, MARC, Machine Readable Cataloging, MarcEdit, writers' libraries, Walter de la Mare, scholarly communication, quantitative methods, Digital Humanities, Bibliography, Digital Bibliography
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AbstractThis methodological communication discusses the use of MarcEdit in a recent research project and foregrounds how a tool designed for the library community to manipulate catalogue data has been repurposed within an academic methodology. As such, it discusses solutions to the research problem generated by difficulties in outputting MARC records highlighted at CIG 2014 (Welsh, 2014) and the IFLA Rare Books and Special Collections Section’s Conference A Common International Standard for Rare Materials: Why? And How? (Welsh, 2016b) and in articles published in Catalogue and Index (Welsh, 2015) and Cataloging and Classification Quarterly (Welsh, 2016a). In doing so, it suggests ways in which metadata for a particular set of rare materials – the catalogue records for the Working Library of Walter de la Mare (Senate House Library [WdlM]) – have been incorporated in the research database and thereby moved beyond Wilson’s (1968) idea of the “descriptive power” of bibliographic control to the second, greater power he defined – “exploitative power,” summarized by Smiraglia (2008, 35) as “the power of a scholar to make the best possible use of recorded knowledge,” and which I have previously argued is a larger purpose than those solely of applying international standards and creating linked data (Welsh, 2016a).