John Bowman

I retired in September 2008 and am now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL).

Contact details
17 Park Road
London
W7 1EN

Email: j.h.bowman@btinternet.com

Professional Activities

  • Member of Library Association (later CILIP) Dewey Decimal Classification Committee 1985-2008
  • Member of CILIP/British Library Committee on AACR2 2003-2008
  • Member of Editorial Board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly from 2005
  • Member of RDA Examples Group of the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR2 2005-2008

Publications

  • Critical edition of the private diaries of Robert Proctor: the life of a librarian at the British Museum. Lewiston; Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010
  • OPACs: the early years, and user reactions, Library History 23 no. 4 (2007), pp. 31729
  • Retrospective conversion, Library History 23 no. 4 (2007), pp. 33140
  • Annotation: a lost art in cataloguing, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 44 no. 1/2 (2007), pp. 95111. Also published in: Robert P. Holley (ed.), Cataloger, editor and scholar: essays in honor of Ruth C. Carter. Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth, 2007, pp. 95111
  • (ed.) British librarianship and information work 2001-2005. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007
  • Cataloguing in Bowman (ed.), British librarianship and information work 2001 2005. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 45466
  • Indexing and abstracting in Bowman (ed.), British librarianship and information work 2001 2005. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 489-500
  • (ed.) British librarianship and information work 1991 2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006
  • Cataloguing in Bowman (ed.), British librarianship and information work 1991 2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 472 93
  • Indexing and abstracting in Bowman (ed.), British librarianship and information work 1991 2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006, pp. 517 31
  • The decline of the printed catalogue in Britain, Library History 22 no. 2 (2006), pp. 67 99
  • Education and training for cataloguing and classification in the British Isles, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 41 no. 3/4 (2006), pp. 309 33. Also published in: Dajin D. Sun and Ruth C. Carter (eds.), Education for library cataloging: international perspectives. New York; London: Haworth, 2006, pp. 309-33
  • The development of description in cataloguing prior to ISBD, Aslib Proceedings 58 no. 1/2 (2006), pp. 34 48
  • (contrib.) Peter Beglin et al., Student placements: an all round view for success, State Librarian autumn 2005, pp. 35-45
  • Classification in British public libraries: a historical perspective, Library History 21 no. 3 (2005), pp. 143-73
  • Essential Dewey. London: Facet, 2005. Co-published: New York: Neal-Schuman, 2005
  • The fine printing of Greek in Britain and its types in Proceedings, 1st International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication, June 2002, Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki: University of Macedonia Press, 2004, pp. 43-53
  • Essential cataloguing. London: Facet, 2003
  • Sic catalog syndrome: title page transcription as a barrier to retrieval, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 32 no. 1 (2001), pp. 39-54
  • The catalog as barrier to retrieval. Part 1: Hyphens and ampersands in titles, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 29 no. 4 (2000), pp. 39-60
  • The catalog as barrier to retrieval. Part 2: Forms of name, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 30 no. 4 (2000), pp. 51-73
  • The Codex Alexandrinus and the Alexandrian Greek type, British Library Journal 24 no. 2 (autumn 1998 [issued Oct. 2000]), pp. 169-83
  • Greek printing types in Britain: from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Thessaloniki: Mastoridis, 1998
  • Greek type design: the British contribution in Greek letters: from tablets to pixels, ed. Michael S. Macrakis. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, [1997?], pp. 129-44
  • Changing cataloging rules in relation to changing patterns of publication, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 22 no. 2 (1996), pp. 29-50
  • Victor Scholderers New Hellenic type, supplement to reprint of Victor Scholderer, Greek printing types 1465-1927, Thessaloniki: Mastoridis, 1995. Also in Greek edition of 1994
  • Art Libraries Journal and Arlis/UK & Eire News-sheet: ten-year index 1976-1985. [London]: Arlis, 1993
  • One index or two? Some observations on integrated indexes to classical Greek texts, The Indexer 18 no. 4 (Oct. 1993), pp. 225-30
  • Greek printing types in Britain in the nineteenth century: a catalogue. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1992
  • Arlis and Dewey, Arlis News-sheet no. 88 (Jan./Feb. 1991), pp. 2-3
  • The New Hellenic Greek type, Printing Historical Society Bulletin 30 (spring 1991), pp. 2-8
  • Macmillan Greek, Journal of the Printing Historical Society no. 19/20 (published 1990), pp. 103-24
  • Robert Proctors Otter Greek type, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 9 no. 4 (1989), pp. 381-98