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Promoting Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript

CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period (up to c. 1830). The organisation was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. For a good overview of CERL services and activities see, Ingeborg Versprille, Marian Lefferts and Cristina Dondi, 'The Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL): twenty years of promoting Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript', in 027.7 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekskultur, 2,1 (2014): Konsortien & Konsorten, pp. 30-40. Online journal of the University of Basel, Switzerland, ISSN 2296-0597. Read more...

CERL Networks

CERL Security Network The CERL Security Network coordinates information about on-going security issues of relevance for collections.
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Manuscripts Expert Group The Manuscripts Expert Group acts as a forum for curatorial concerns, and to enhance understanding and practical cooperation among curators across Europe.
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CERL Bookbindings Working Group The CERL Bookbindings Working Group aims to foster collaboration between book binding projects, and encourage the use of standards across these project.
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Seminars and Workshops

CERL Seminars and Workgroups CERL organises frequent seminars and workshops which address topical issues relating to the care of our heritage collections. Presentations held at the Printers' Devices Workshop (17/18 March 2015) are available online.


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European Projects

Provenance CERL is involved in several funded projects.
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Other News

LIGATUS/CERL Bookbinding Expert Seminars & Reception (23 June, Chelsea College of Arts, London)
Coming to Terms with the Language of Bindings Three expert seminars followed by plenary session with presentations by Prof. Pickwoad, Per Cullhed, Marian Lefferts and Kathleen Walker-Meikle. The day will end with a CERL Reception. The full programme is available here.
The morning seminars are limited to a maximum of 36 places at £18 each, including lunch. Please book in advance.
The plenary session and Ligatus/CERL reception are offered free, please register with secretariat@cerl.org

CERL Annual Seminar, 27 October 2015, Antwerp
The theme of the seminar is Library History: why, what and how? and will be held at the University Library in Antwerp. The programme, biographies of the speakers and abstracts will be available here.

LIBER Forum for Digital Cultural Heritage (24 June, Senate House, London)
Seminar on The State of the Art in Image Recognition In this seminar we will explore the state of the art in image recognition, especially in terms of searching data, comparing and classifying images, and we will make an excursion to physical document structure visualization, which is quite a new field.
More information is available here.

Manutius Network 2015
The Manutius Network 2015 is dedicated to the events for the commemoration (conferences, seminars, exhibitions) of the fifth centenary of Aldus’s death. Please contact the CERL Secretariat to have your events posted here.

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