The making of a catalogue in ancient libraries: the librarian’s testimonies

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Catalogues in libraries have been an indispensable tool for centuries. Before the invention of the “card catalogue, they consisted mostly in large in-folio manuscript books presenting bibliographic records in alphabetical order. The making of a catalogue in 18th and early 19th century presented a huge task, with many hours of drafting until arriving to a clean copy. As a result of my research on the organization of ancient Portuguese religious libraries, I studied some of the still existing catalogues. It was a unique occasion to unveil cataloguing standards and rule interpretations usually explained by the librarians in a written caveat. By bringing to public knowledge their quest for achieving the perfect catalogue I honour Mirna Willer’s longtime efforts in the development of universal bibliographic standards.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMirna Willer
Subtitle of host publicationFestschrif
EditorsTinka Katić, Nives Tomašević
Place of PublicationZadar
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-953-331-275-0
ISBN (Print)978-953-331-274-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Bibliographic description
  • Librarians
  • Ancient libraries
  • Portugal
  • Catalogues


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