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Replacing Copac with new NBK Library Hub Discover

Thomas PMeehan8 July 2019

Further to my blog post of 5 February, Copac and a number of related services from RLUK and Suncat will no longer exist from 31 July 2019. They are due to be replaced by a new range of Library Hub services from Jisc, based on data within the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK). Please take note if you use any of the following services:

  • Copac
  • Copac Collection Management (CCM) Tools
  • RLUK record downloading (z39.50)
  • Suncat

There are three “Library Hub” services, the most important one for discovery being Library Hub Discover, which takes over from Copac and SUNCAT and should have similar coverage. UCL’s holdings are now in this service, although I am undertaking a number of detailed tests and would appreciate any reports of missing or strange-looking records on Library Hub. Updates should now be weekly. You can restrict any search to UCL only, by putting “held-by:ucl” at the beginning of any search, e.g. this search for social media books by Daniel Miller. This should be useful for when Explore is unavailable. Real-time availability is not available on Library Hub Discover, but is planned.

The RLUK MARC record downloading service will be superseded by Library Hub Catalogue, a web and z39.50 service. I am currently looking at getting this set up on Alma and will send further information to relevant staff when this is ready.

The third service- Library Hub Compare– is not yet ready but is intended to replace CCM Tools and the SUNCAT Serials Comparison service. Further details will be provided when available.

Please note that all three Library Hub services are still being described by Jisc as “pilot” services but with the imminent retirement of Copac in particular it will be necessary to update practices and documentation.

More information

Jisc have provided a number of extra pages with information about Library Hub Discover, including a general About page, a more detailed FAQ, and lots of search tips in a Help page.


Please let me know if you have any feedback, especially about how UCL’s data appears (or if it doesn’t). Jisc are also interested in getting feedback and you can fill in this questionnaire.

New NBK Library Hub to Replace Copac and Suncat

Thomas PMeehan5 February 2019

Copac and a number of related services will shortly be disappearing, to be replaced by new services from Jisc this summer. Jisc have been working on a new National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) with a view to replacing a number of popular national library services, including Copac, Copac Collection Management (CCM) Tools, RLUK record downloading (z39.50), and Suncat. There are currently three “Library Hub” services planned, two of which now have a pilot interface available:

  • Library Hub Discover (search, to replace Copac). This is now available as a pilot with limited coverage to test now. There is a link to a feedback form on the Search page.
  • Library Hub Catalogue (record download, to replace RLUK z39.50). I anticipate this simply replacing the RLUK profile in the Alma External Resources search although there is a web interface too. This is now available as a pilot with limited fields and data, but this is for libraries that have contributed to the NBK, which we have yet to do.
  • Library Hub Compare (to supersede CCM Tools and the SUNCAT Serials Comparison service). There is no test version of this yet.

Jisc intends for all three to replace the existing services in July 2019. For more information about the Library Hub Services, see the About and FAQ pages. There is a little more information, including about the Compare service, in this post: Driving Transformation with the NBK – where have we got to and where next?. We intend to fully participate in the NBK so our records will be visible in the Library Hub services.

Visualising information

C.Yogeswaran13 May 2016

Those fond of cataloguing, classification, and visual education may be interested in exploring the Mapping knowledge: understanding the world through data exhibition which is currently on display at the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium (last year’s ‘European Capital of Culture’). The Mundaneum represents Paul Otlet’s utopian vision for a world city housing the corpus of all knowledge, bestowing international organisation and dissemination practices.

I was fortunate to visit it in September last year – the space is wonderfully framed by the Universal Bibliographical System bibliographic index cards, and the exhibition explores Otlet’s visualisations of knowledge, as well as broader information-mapping praxis. If you won’t be adrift in Wallonia any time soon, check out the Mundaneum’s webpages which also proffer a captivating interactive infographic.

UCL Library Services has also recently acquired Alex Wright’s Cataloguing the world: Paul Otlet and the birth of the information age if you’re interested in reading more [record on UCL Explore here].

The exhibition remains open until 29 May 2016.

L’univers. L’intelligence. La science. – Illustration de la page 41 du traité de documentation, par Paul Otlet (1934), Commons Wiki.

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Jewish Pamphlets Project Phase 2

AndrewWatson8 January 2016

In August 2015, Vanessa Freedman reported on the completion of phase 1 of the Jewish Pamphlets Project. A total of 4,000 rare Jewish pamphlets were catalogued, a conservation survey carried out and a pop-up exhibition presented. In addition, a full-page article about the project by Professor Colin Shindler appeared in the Jewish Chronicle.

Following this noteworthy achievement, we have been successful in obtaining funding to allow us to embark on the next stage of the project. In phase 2, we will be addressing the urgent conservation needs highlighted in the phase 1 survey. Over 1,000 pamphlets are in a fragile state with some 300 in very poor condition.

Jewish PamphletsAngela Warren Thomas and her team of conservators based in the Science Library will be carrying out this work to make the material safe to handle.

Following the conservation of the physical items, Matt Mahon will manage a programme to produce digital surrogates of the rarest and most fragile items. Not only will this reduce the need to handle the originals, it will also allow the material to be accessed globally via Digital Collections.

Lastly, phase 2 includes provision to catalogue the remaining pamphlets in collections of notable provenance, in particular the Montefiore pamphlets, to enrich, as Professor Shindler put it, this “treasure trove for anyone interested in Jewish history”.

Jewish Pamphlets Project phase 1 is complete

VanessaFreedman4 August 2015

The first phase of the project to to catalogue the Jewish pamphlets at UCL Special Collections is now complete, with 4000 pamphlets catalogued in Aleph.


The 4000th pamphlet

Some notable items from the project will be installed in the display cases next to the Donaldson Room in the Main Library on 13th August and will remain there until October/November, so do go and have a look.

Sadly this means saying goodbye to the project cataloguers, Dalia Maoz-Michaels and Peter Salinger (though Peter will remain at UCL as a volunteer). We held a small celebration after the Retrospective Cataloguing Team meeting last week to thank Peter and Dalia for all their hard work. They in turn thanked Andrew Watson, the project manager, for his guidance and support.

Peter and Dalia

Peter and Dalia

We are now seeking funding for phase 2 of the project, which will involve conservation, digitisation and further cataloguing – so watch this space!

Uncovering UCL’s Jewish Pamphlet Collections

VanessaFreedman11 November 2014

Earlier this year we received funding for an exciting project to uncover a hidden treasure in UCL Special Collections: the Jewish pamphlets. The first phase of the project is under way and involves cataloguing some 4,000 pamphlets from the Mocatta and De Sola collections, as a well as a conservation survey and small exhibition.

Two project cataloguers, Dalia Maoz-Michaels and Peter Salinger, started work in July, and so far have catalogued nearly 1400 pamphlets. These mostly date from the 19th century and cover various subjects including the Anglo-Jewish community, anti-semitism, missionary activities focussed on Jews, and Jewish communities in 19th century Palestine.

The history and conversion of the Jewish boy, by the author of the “Twin Sisters”, &c. London, 1829. From the Asher Myers collection. Ref: SR MOCATTA PAMPHLETS A 106 SAN

The history and conversion of the Jewish boy, by the author of the “Twin Sisters”, &c. London, 1829. From the Asher Myers collection.

Look out for an article about the project in the autumn library newsletter. You might also be interested in this post on the Hebrew & Jewish Studies blog written at the beginning of the project.