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.
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The Manuscripts Expert Group acts as a forum for curatorial concerns, and to enhance understanding and practical cooperation among curators across Europe.
The CERL Bookbindings Working Group aims to foster collaboration between book binding projects, and encourage the use of standards across these project.
Seminars and Workshops
CERL organises frequent seminars and workshops which address topical issues relating to the care of our heritage collections. The presentations held at the CERL Seminar on Library History: Why, What, How?
are available here
CERL Papers XIII - Signa Vides - Researching and recording printers' devices
In memoriam - Raymond Bérard
Wroclaw Seminar on Provenance
CERL 2016 Annual Seminar
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