Cataloguing Bengali rare books
As one of the co-investigators on the project I have been working with a Bengali cataloguer at SOAS, Priyanka Basu who joined us in April 2017 to enhance the metadata of our Bengali library records and identify further unique titles up to 1914. Pre 1914 South Asian-language printed books are unavailable in other library collections or are extremely difficult to locate and access.
With the aid of a Bengali cataloguer it is our aim to make these early printed Bengali books accessible to both scholars and the wider public. This is a very exciting project to be part of and allows our rare South Asian material to be conserved and made openly accessible across the globe.