Rethinking cataloguing

Keep up to date with the latest version of the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure in this bitesize session.

South West Museum Development Programme

A pink file in a row of blue filesAbout the session 

Date: 26 June 2024 

Time: 10:00-12:00 

Format: Via Zoom

In this bitesize session, we will introduce the latest version of the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure. This procedure has been updated following extensive consultation during spring/summer 2022, alongside Use of Collections, to encourage a more inclusive approach.

Using the new procedure as the framework for the session we will discuss; ethical principles for cataloguing, accountability, access and users, the importance of transparency and recording past practice.

There will be opportunities to discuss with colleagues and ask questions throughout, as well as signposting to further guidance.

Before the session we ask attendees to:   

  • Read the revised Spectrum Cataloguing procedure  
  • Think about your organisation’s approach to cataloguing, in the context of this revised procedure
  • Familiarise yourself with your organisation’s documentation policy and Cataloguing procedure. You might also find it useful to have these available to refer to during the session
  • Please ensure you have a working microphone to ensure you can participate in discussions

There will be a short comfort break in the middle of the session.

Who should attend? 

Individuals new to cataloguing or looking for a refresher in light of recent changes to the standard. 

What will you learn? 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to understand and apply the Spectrum Cataloguing procedure
  • What changes have been made to the Cataloguing procedure and why
  • How to take a critical approach to cataloguing, to make it a more open, ongoing process
  • How to think about internal and external users
  • Where to find more information and guidance

 How does this meet the Accreditation Standard?

5.1 An approved documentation policy

About the trainer 

Anna Rhodes, Outreach Officer at Collections Trust.