Information Studies


Anne Welsh

Anne Welsh

Anne Welsh at UCL Student Choice Teaching Awards 2018


Email: a.welsh@ucl.ac.uk
UCL extension: 33370
Direct Line: 020 7679 3370 (non-UK: +44 20 7679 3370)
Fax: 020 7383 0557 (non-UK: +44 20 7383 0557)
Office: G15a Foster Court
Address correspondence to: Anne Welsh, Department of Information Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

I am a lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), where I teach mainly on the MA Library and Information Studies, although one of the modules I lead, Historical Bibliography, is also available to students on the MA Digital Humanities, MA Archives and Records Management and the MA Early Modern Studies.

My co-authored text, Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC21 (London: Facet; Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2012) was the first to cover new international cataloguing code Resource Description and Access in any depth, and is now a set text at iSchools internationally.

I am completing PhD research into Walter de la Mare's Working Library (Senate House classmark [WdlM]). (Primary supervisor: Dr Alexander Samson; secondary supervisor: Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen). I am also finishing a book on current cataloguing practices and cataloguer judgment, Cataloguing and Decision Making in a Hybrid Environment. Recent papers and articles have considered the library of Prime Minister W.E. Gladstone; Tom Phillips's A Humument; and current developments in bibliographic models.

Outside Cataloguing and Historical Bibliography as disciplines themselves, I have published research on their Pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on the extended (or "flipped") classroom and experiential learning.



  • Module Coordinator for INST0010 Cataloguing and Classification (MA LIS core module). Introductory Video | Core Texts | Reading List 
  • Module Coordinator for INST0015 Historical Bibliography (MA LIS optional module, also available to MA Digital Humanities and MA Early Modern Studies students and as a short course). Introductory Video | Core Texts | Reading List
  • Module Coordinator for INST0023 Manuscript Studies (MA LIS optional module). In 1918-19, this module is being taught in Term 3. 
  • Tutor for INSTG0026 The Library and Information Information Professional (MA LIS core module; Module Coordinator, Alison Hicks). As part of this module, I supervise case studies in my subject areas, and convene the Current Issues in Library and Information Studies series of evening talks, which is open to current students, alumni and LIS work placement hosts.
  • Tutor for INST0062 Dissertation - I supervise dissertations in my subject areas. In 2017-18, topics included the subject indexing of holocaust denial literature; the exhibition of polar exploration materials; a study of a specific collection of Minerva Press books by a particular female book collector; the creation of an app for graffiti in a historic homestead and (for the MA Early Modern Studies) a comparison of bibliographic descriptions and plaster casts as surrogates. In 2018-19 I would particularly like to recruit students with an interest in the History of LIS Education in the UK as we approach our centenary year (September 2019-September 2020); the documentation of writers' libraries; radical cataloguing and classification; or any other area of Bibliography, book a material culture, cataloguing or bibliographic description more widely.

PhD Supervision

  • Helen O'Neill (PhD, part-time, second supervisor; primary supervisor is Professor Melissa Terras)
  • Joe Reed (PhD, part-time, second supervisor; primary supervisor is Professor Alison Shell, UCL English)
  • I am open to enquiries from potential students, particularly in the areas of writers' libraries; special collections more widely; the development of bibliographic models; radical cataloguing; and bibliographic description in the widest sense. Please note: I will be on sabbatical in Term 2 this year - please make initial contact before Christmas 2018 or after Easter 2019.

Office hours

  • Term 1: Mondays 1-1:45 pm, or at a mutually convenient time, by emailing in the first instance.
  • Term 2: No office hours this year (on sabbatical)
  • Term 3: Students may make an appointment by emailing in the first instance.

My research home is UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Since 2015 I have been an assessor for UCL Arena (our Higher Education Academy Fellowship scheme).

Outside UCL, I am a committee member of the BIC Library Metadata Group and the Cilip Rare Books and Special Collections Group's Bibliographic Standards Committee. I am proud to have been a founding member of the University of London Society of Bibliophiles and am currently its Secretary.

I am an external examiner for the University of Aberystwyth and for the University of Malta.

2011-2012: Kooperationspartnerin at University of Trier's Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum (HKFZ).
2012-2014: Assistant Editor of Alexandria: the Journal of National and International Library Issues.
2012-2014: Guest lecturer on the UCL BASc core module BASC1001 Approaches to Knowledge.
2013-2018: Departmental Careers Tutor
2014-2015: Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences at the University of Malta delivering the optional module LIS3711 New Trends in Cataloguing.
2014-2015: Project Coordinator for the Linked Open Bibliographic Data project, funded by an E-Learning Development Grant (ELDG) from UCL E-Learning Environments (ELE)
2015-2016: Co-Investigaror for The World of UCL, 1828-1948 (Principal Investigator: Caroline Bressey, UCL Gerography, Equine Centre; Researcher: Gemma Romain), funded by UCL Grand Challenges.


Selected Publications

Welsh, A. (1996). Women's Studies: a bibliography of materials held at St Deiniol's Library. Monad Press, https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/304434/1.
Welsh, A., & Batley, S. (2012). Practical cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC 21. Neal Schuman, https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/435889/1.
Welsh, A., & Batley, S. (2012). Practical cataloguing: AACR, RDA and MARC 21. London: Facet, https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/411204/1.

Book Chapters
Welsh, A. (2012). Experiential learning in Historical Bibliography. In R. Mouren (Ed.), Ambassadors of the Book: competences and training for heritage librarians. De Gruyter, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1359273/.
Welsh, A. (2012). Historical Bibliography in the digital world. In C. Warwick, M. Terras, J. Nyhan (Eds.), Digital Humanities in practice (pp. 139-165). London: Facet, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1348269/.
Welsh, A. (2016). "Expertise ... certification ... cultural capital": the education of librarians in the UK. In Seadle, M., Chu, C., Stöckel, U. (Eds.), Educating the profession: 40 years of the IFLA Section on Education and Training. (pp. 47-67). Munich, Germany: De Gruyter, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1497182/ .
Welsh, A., Williams, H., & Carty, C. (2014). "Mind the [trans-Atlantic] gap, please": awareness and training needs of UK catalogers. In Miksa, S.D. (Ed.), Functional future for bibliographic control: transitioning into new communities of practice and awareness. Routledge, <a href="https://www.ucl.ac.uk/information-studies/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://www.ucl.ac.uk/information-studies/%3Ca%20href%3D">https://www.ucl.ac.uk/information-studies/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/914190/1>https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/...">https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/publication/914190/1>https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/....

Peer-reviewed Articles
McCarthy, E., Welsh, A., & Wheale, S. (2012). Early Modern Oxford bindings in 21st century markup. Library Review, 61 (8/9), 561-576. doi:10.1108/00242531211292079http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1359262/.
Nyhan, J., Flinn, A.D., & Welsh, A. (2015). Oral History and the Hidden Histories Project: towards histories of Computing in the Humanities. Literary and Linguistic Computingdoi:10.1093/llc/fqt044http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1359847/.
Ross, C., Terras, M., Warwick, C., & Welsh, A. (2011). Enabled back-channel: conference twitter use by Digital Humanists. Journal of Documentation, 67 (2), 214-237. doi:10.1108/00220411111109449http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1479081/.
Terras, M., Baker, J., Hetherington, J., Beavan, D., Welsh, A., O'Neill, H., Finley, W., Duke-Williams, O. and Adam Farquhar. (2017). Enabling complex analysis of large-scale digital collections: Humanities research, high performance computing and transforming access to British Library digital collectons. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (fqx020), https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqx020http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1546533/.
Welsh, A. (2016). "For the bibliographers at UCL": A Humument and the lessons it teaches 21st century librarians. Art Libraries Journal 41(4), 209-223, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/alj.2016.26http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1497184/.
Welsh, A. (2016). The Rare Books Catalog and the Scholarly Database. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. 54(5-6), 317-337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2016.1188433http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1497185/.
Welsh, A., Carty, C., & Williams, H. (2012). "Mind the [Trans-Atlantic] gap, please": awareness and training needs of UK catalogers. Journal of Library Metadata, 12(2-3), 242-263. doi:10.1080/19386389.2012.69985http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1359272/.

Invited Papers
Duhs, R., Wills, A., Welsh, A. (2015). From Researcher to Academic with an Educational Role: the Transition. Presented at: UCL Research Staff Conference, London.
Welsh, A. (2013). From digital graveyard to digital libraries. Presented at: Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference 2013 Canterbury, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1414014/.
Welsh, A. (2015). Seeing through FRBR. Presented at: ARLIS UK FRBR for Art Librarians, London (invited sole speaker), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1470195/.
Welsh, A. (2016) Cataloguer as distant collaborator: implications of the use of catalogue data in Humanities research.Presented at: Emerging Research in Library and Information Science, Institute of Historical Research, London, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1508453/.
Welsh, A. (2016). Collections within the Collection. Presented at: "What's in a Name?" Collections within the Collection. Book History Research Network Study Day. London.
Welsh, A. (2016). Specialist learning within generalist teaching: what do early career health librarians need to know? Presented at: University Health and Medical Librarians Group, Glasgow, Scotland, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1502149/.
Welsh, A. (2017). Discovery in libraries and archives. Presented at: History Day. London.
Welsh, A. (2018). Classification as world view? Presented at: Association of Pall Mall Librarians. London.
Welsh, A., Wright, J. (2015). RDA for acquisitions staff. Presented at: National Acquisitions Group Conference 2015, York.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers
Garea Garcia, N., Welsh, A., Bikakis A., Mahony S., Inskip C., Vogel M. (2015) Core future concepts for current cataloguers. Presented at: CILIP Conference 2015, Liverpool, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1469271/.
Terras, M., Baker, J., Hetherington, J., Beavan, D., Welsh, A., O'Neill, H., Finley, W., Duke-Williams, O. and Adam Farquhar (2016). Enabling complex analysis of large-scale digital collections: Humanities research, high performance computing and transforming access to British Library digital collectons. Presented at: Digital Humanities 2016. Krakow, Poland, http://dh2016.adho.org/static/data-copy/41.htmlhttp://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1546533/ .
Welsh, A. (2009). A shipping forecast for ATOD 2.0. SALIS 2009, September, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (Conference bursary winner), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413767/.
Welsh, A. (2010). Mapping the semantic landscape: using online textual analysis to quantify feminist vocabulary within Women's Studies collections. Presented at: Digital Methods, Cultural Politics and Feminist Approaches, July, Sussex, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413957/.
Welsh, A. (2011). Finding information in a "gender-neutral" information environment. Presented at: Feminism and Teaching Symposium, April, Nottingham, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413958/.
Welsh, A. (2012). "And how the silence surged softly backward, | When the plunging hoofs were gone": Walter de la Mare, the literary establishment and the popular poetry market. Presented at: Marginalised Mainstream Conference, November, London, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1414071/.
Welsh, A. (2012). Experiential learning in Historical Bibliography. IFLA Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Midterm, February, Antwerp, Belgium, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413959/.
Welsh, A. (2013). "Books! -": Pleasures and Speculations in Walter de la Mare's Library. Presented at: Researching the Reading Experience, June, Oslo, Norway, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413960/.
Welsh, A. (2013). It takes a community to raise an information professional. Presented at: Umbrella 13, Manchester, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1414073/.
Welsh, A. (2013). The Poet's Poets: collections and anthologies in Walter de la Mare's Working Library. Presented at: Writers and their Libraries, March, London, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1414072/.
Welsh, A. (2014). Flipping the cataloguing class: equipping and empowering cataloguers for the hybrid cataloguing environment. Presented at: Faster, Smarter, Richer: Reshaping the Library Catalogue Rome, Italy, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1450942/.
Welsh, A. (2014). Metadata output and its impact on the researcher. Presented at: Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2014 Canterbury, UK, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1450941/.
Welsh, A. (2015). "For the bibliographers at UCL": A Humument and the lessons it teaches 21st century librarians. Presented at: Livres d'artistes: the Artist's Book in Theory and Practice Cardiff, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1475163/.
Welsh, A. (2016). Getting to grips with bibliographic models. Presented at: CIG Conference 2016. Swansea, Wales.
Welsh, A. (2016) Gladstone's Library as a writer's library and its scholarly contribution. Presented at: Gladstone Umbrella 2016, Hawarden, Wales, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1503799/.
Welsh, A. and Butler, G. (2017). Independent libraries' catalogues and scholarly communication. Presented at: Independent Libraries Association Conference 2017. Chawton, Hampshire.
Welsh, A., & Green, D. (2015). An academic and practical education. Presented at: Book History Research Network Study Day 2015 Loughborough, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1475165/.
Welsh, A., & Inskip, C. (2015). "Intellectual and practical knowing": the introduction of the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base at University College London. In [Proceedings of] iConference 2015 Newport Beach, California, USA, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1464285/.
Welsh, A., & Whaite, K. (2012). Our hybrid history and its action points for today. Presented at: Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference, September, Sheffield, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413452/.

Peer-Reviewed conference posters
Warwick, C., Mahony, S., Nyhan, J., Ross, C., Tiedau, U., & Welsh, A. (2011). UCLDH: big tent Digital Humanities in practice. Presented at: Digital Humanities 2011 Stanford.
Welsh, A. (2016). Provenance in the bibliographic model. Presented at: CIG Conference 2016. Swansea, Wales.

Practitioner Journal Articles
Welsh, A. (2011). Teaching RDA in 2010-11. Catalogue & Index 163, 5-8 (invited article), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1348273/.
Welsh, A. (2013). Teaching RDA in 2013-14: Flipping the Cat Class. Catalogue & Index 173, 30-38 (invited article), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1413950/.
Welsh, A. (2015). Metadata output and the researcher. Catalogue and Index178, 2-8 (invited article), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1466468/.

Welsh, A. (2016). MarcEdit for Mac and the rare books researcher. Catalogue and Index 184, 2-13, https://archive.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/welsh_anne._marcedit_for_mac_and_the_rare_books_researcher.pdfhttp://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1497186/.
Welsh, A. (2017). From WEMI to WI to WII: FRBR, BIBFRAME and the 21st century bibliographic model. Catalogue and Index 186, 20-29, https://archive.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/document/2017/ci186welsh_anne._from_wemi_to_wi_to_wii_frbr_bibframe_the_21st_cent.pdf .
Welsh, A., Bikakis, A., Garea Garcia, N., Mahony, S., Inskip, C., Vogel, M. (2015). Work in progress: the Linked Open Bibliographic Data Project. Catalogue and Index 178, 15-19, http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1466469/.
Welsh, A., & Rikowski, R. (2010). The Feminist Library in London. Managing Information 16(5), 65-71 (invited article), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1302573/.
Welsh, A., & Robertson, P. (2007). I am cataloguer, hear me roar!. Library & Information Update 6 (1-2), 30-33 (invited article), http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1302566/.
Welsh, A. and Wright, J. (2016). RDA for acquisitions staff. Taking Stock 24(2), 14-16.

Full list generated by RPS (UCL's publication software).

Public Engagement (Selected)

Britton, S., Welsh, A., & Lawes, L. (2012). Zine-making workshop. Strindberg's Red Room at UCL, 16 October, London.
Welsh, A. (2009). Heroes. Essex Poetry Festival Workshop, 9 October, Shenfield Library, Essex.
Welsh, A. (2009). What? Why did you ask that?: Search terms and other confusions. Blue Sock Salon, October, Hose Hospital, London.
Welsh, A. (2010). Film preservation. Bright Club: Film, 16 February, Wilmington Arms, London.
Welsh, A. (2010). "A room of one's own": creative writing workshop. Women's Liberation Movement @ 40, March, Ruskin College, Oxford.
Welsh, A. (2010). Finding inspiration in Feminist libraries and archives. Feminism in London Midsummer Feminist Party, June, London.
Welsh, A. (2010). Knowledge Organization: the universal versus the canonical in The Library of Babel. Evening Salon on Collecting and Knowledge, The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place Exhibition, 16 April, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London.
Welsh, A. (2010). Libraries and Museums. Bright Club: Hidden Treasures, November, Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
Welsh, A. (2011). Book-craft. Bright Club: Craft, 27 September, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Welsh, A. (2011). Character. Workshop 1, Write On: Creative Writing Inspired by UCL Libraries Special Collections, 16 May, City and Islington College, London.
Welsh, A. (2011). Character, Narrative, Action. Workshop 3, Write On: Creative Writing Inspired by UCL Libraries Special Collections, 27 May, Haldane Room, UCL, London.
Welsh, A. (2011). Image Minus Word: a pop-up exhibition, 4 October, UCL Art Museum.
Welsh, A. (2011). Narrative. Workshop 2, Write On: Creative Writing Inspired by UCL Libraries Special Collections, 20 May, Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, London.
Welsh, A. (2011). Paper in the brave new digital world: why we still need the physical book and what digital research adds to its history, UCLDH Painless Introduction, 25 January, London.
Welsh, A. (2012). Annotating The Red Room: Literature and Digital Humanities, Strindberg's Red Room at UCL, 18 October, London.
Welsh, A. (2012). Books: why bother? LIKE 35, April, London.
Welsh, A. (2012). Defining the book in the digital world, Panopticon Research Seminar on the Book, 15 November.
Welsh, A. (2014). Change in the Library. Bright Club: Change (Five Year Anniversary Gig), 29 April, Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
Welsh, A. (2015). Durer and German Old Masters: pop-up display, 28 August, UCL Art Museum.
Welsh, A. (2016). The danger of the book. Books Showoff 1, Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, 21 May.
Welsh, A. (2016). Getting lost in a book. I Got Lost, Saffron Walden Maze Festival, 19 August.
Welsh, A., & Allsopp, H. (2013). Broken Sonnets. Pistols and Pollinators 2 Exhibition, 23-27 May, The Albert, London. [Site-specific installation exploring the printing of poems in three-dimensional space, as opposed to the two-dimensional space of the standard page]
Welsh, A., & Allsopp, H. (2013). Material connections and the extended mind. Materials at the Centre Workshop, 19 April, Institute of Making, UCL, London.
Welsh, A. & Canty, N. (2013). Creative Co-Directors, Something Else for the Weekend, public engagement activities as part of UCL's Festival of Arts, 9-12 May, London.
Welsh, A., & Gomberg, A. (2010). Dealing with the Pressure: a Space to Reflect, Create and Express, Feminism in London 2010, October, London.
Welsh, A., & Lawes, L. (2012). Alternative Press and Little Magazines: a pop-up exhibition of UCL Special Collections, Strindberg's Red Room at UCL, 16 October, London.
Welsh, A., Lawes, L., & Wingate Gray, S. (2013). Get your hands on poetry!: [pop-up exhibition of the Alternative Press and Little Magazines collection], Something Else for the Weekend, 11 May, Roberts Building, UCL, London.



More information
Research and teaching profile (IRIS)
Amazon Author Page
Twitterfeed (@AnneWelsh)

Photo: Student Choice Teaching Awards.