The very first issue of ARCLIB Bulletin (AKA ARCLIB Newsletter) was released to members in print 25 years ago, in June 1993. Since then there have been 23 complete issues and we are currently preparing a 24th in this new digital format. Issue 20 onwards can be found in this wordpress blog format in the Older Issues section. Earlier issues 14-17 and 19-20 can be found on the ARCLIB website and will transfer to the new version of the site when launched. A complete print set of issues is held in the ARCLIB Archive.
The first issue of ARCLIB Bulletin included a review of the ‘annual seminar’ held in Portsmouth in September 1992. The theme of that seminar was ‘electronic bibliographic databases relating to Architecture and Construction’. The ‘best known’ databases are probably still Avery Index and RIBA catalogue.
There was also a report by Catherine Tranmer on the Venice Conference: Europa 1993, a ‘stimulating’ event organised by the CNBA. Interestingly there event itself was free; sponsored by a Venetian bank and a commercial company. The focus was to ‘progress ideas on co-operation between European architecture libraries and to formulate a programme of co-operative projects…’
Following this theme of co-operation and collaborative projects were reports on Erasmus funded visits to Greek architecture libraries, on a prototype imaging system from the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, plus the development of the Buildings of England database based on the Pevsner series, anticipating its initial release on CD-ROM.
I would like to echo the same call for contributions that has been made over the last 25 years, to keep the newsletter going strong:
‘Anyone who would like to pass on notes of their activities, useful contacts, or suggestions of any kind are welcome – very welcome indeed … Happy reading!’
Contact the Editor:
Faculty Librarian for Engineering & Design
University of Bath
+44 (0)1225 385594