In 2018, we were delighted to receive a £20,000 grant from the Classical Association to fund digitiation projects. The first project was a continuation of the COACS (Cataloguing Open Access Classics Serials) project, initially funded in 2017 by the Institute of Classical Studies to catalogue c. 1,500 open access periodicals. As well as open access periodical titles, this also involved the collection of article level data, where it was available, and resulted in the creation of around 60,000 MARC (Machine Readable Cataloguing) records at article level. Simona Stoyanova, who undertook the initial work, returned to initiate a second stage to this project, funded by the Classical Association. Simona worked with the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (NBK) to identify ways to make the initial output available at a national level, and to explore the most effective way to utilise the article level data gathered during the first stage of the project. A second phase of the CA funded project was to gather records relating to open access monographic publications, and incorporate them in the library catalogue, ultimately making this information available nationally and internationally. Additional work has been carried out on the data we have on open access serials to make it more compatible with the existing catalogue records. We also organised and funded a one-day workshop that brought together librarians, publishers and academics among others to discuss how best to approach the question of monographs.
The remainder of this CA grant is now being used to continue the Leventis scanning project - information can be found here: https://www.hellenicandromanlibrary.org/Campaign-News/AG-Leventis-Grant.
2021 & 2022 Grants & Reading Rights for CA Members
The Hellenic and Roman Library is also very grateful to the Classical Association for their further support of the Library with grants of £15,000 in 2021 and 2022.
From September 2021, members (over 18) of the Classical Association are weclome to enjoy reading rights in the Library and access online resources when physically inside the library on the same terms as all library members (borrowing rights or off-site access to licensed material are not included). On their first visit to the Library, members should show proof of their Classical Association membership. This could be a credit card receipt on a phone, an email from the Secretary of the Classical Association, or any other receipt or document which displays CA membership. Access to the Library will be valid for the period of Classical Association membership. Members should be prepared to give basic personal details, such as their name, and at least one form of contact, to be added to the Library database of readers.