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New Directions for Special Collections

An Anthology of Practice

by Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M. Whittaker, Editors

 

New technologies and innovative practices offer librarians unprecedented opportunities to curate, preserve, transform, and provide access to rare books and special collections.

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October 2016

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 249
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Archives and Records Management/Special Collections, Rare Books
  Archives and Records Management/Access, Storage, and Retrieval
Description

Addressing the most exciting and challenging areas in the profession, this text will be invaluable to any professional looking ahead to the future of special collections and related cultural heritage work.

Special collections today—from rare books and other specialized book collections to audio recordings and visual images—offer librarians limitless opportunities to showcase their skills in curating, preserving, and offering access to these resources to patrons. Drawing on innovative practices and enduring values to address challenges and opportunities in the broad realm of special collections librarianship, this book updates the notion of special collections to the wide range of materials, institutions, and contexts where they exist today. The contributed essays describe the various kinds of innovative projects and practices that are sought by IMLS and other funding agencies today and serve to illustrate how going beyond a traditionally limited idea of special collections opens doors to far more engaging opportunities.

Spanning the converging worlds of academic and special libraries, rare book collections, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions, this book will be useful to newcomers and seasoned professionals alike. The essays address the recurring themes of managing and welcoming change and the impact of digital technologies throughout the book, whether regarding new approaches to outreach and instruction, the acquisition and curation of non-traditional collections, new structures for discovery and access in a digital world, or the nature of special collections work now. Both experienced professionals and recent graduates from one of the booming archival studies programs will find this text invaluable in creating a successful career in special collections or cultural heritage curation today and in the near future.

Features

  • Covers a broad range of special collections work that shares perspectives from many different practitioners and experts in the field
  • Updates the notion of special collections to the wide range of institutions and contexts where they exist today, illustrating non-traditional opportunities for special collections work
  • Expands job opportunities for readers by providing an overview of the most compelling and exciting trends and challenges in the changing field of special collections
Author Info

Lynne M. Thomas is head of special collections, curator of rare books and special collections, and associate professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, where she is responsible for popular culture special collections that include the literary papers of 70 contemporary science fiction and fantasy authors, dime novels, children's literature, comics, and much more. She is coauthor of Libraries Unlimited's Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections as well as academic articles about cross-dressing in dime novels, using libraries to survive the zombie apocalypse, and embedded curatorship for documenting particular communities. She periodically teaches a special collections course for San Jose State University's iSchool. In her spare time, she is a three-time Hugo-award winning editor and podcaster.

Beth M. Whittaker is assistant dean of distinctive collections at the University of Kansas Libraries, where she leads special collections, archives, conservation, and international area studies initiatives. She served as the editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage from 2008 to 2014. She is coauthor of Libraries Unlimited's Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections and has published dozens of articles in numerous journals on a variety of topics related to special collections, cataloging, and cultural heritage.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M. Whittaker

Chapter 1: The Rare Book Librarian’s Day, Revisited
Melanie Griffin

Chapter 2: Reading Room and Reference (Re)Vision: The Transformation of Reader Services
Mattie Taormina

Chapter 3: “Oh, Wow!”: Assessment and Affective Learning in Special Collections and Archives
Anne Bahde

Chapter 4: Developing K–12 Outreach Methods for Special Collections Centers
Amy Chen, Lisa Crane, Melanie Meyers, Charlotte Priddle, and Abby Saunders

Chapter 5: Teaching with Special Collections: Alliances Between Cultural Heritage Professionals
Maureen E. Maryanski

Chapter 6: History, Memory, Community, Leadership: Collections-Based Programming in Congressional Archives
Audrey McKanna Coleman

Chapter 7: Collecting Printed Books in a Digital Age
John Overholt

Chapter 8: Digital Acquisitions and Appraisal
Sarah Barsness and Anjanette Schussler

Chapter 9: Documenting Ferguson: Collecting Current Events in Archives
Meredith R. Evans

Chapter 10: Dance Companies as Living Archives: Protecting the Future by Preserving the Present
Supriya Wronkiewicz

Chapter 11: Success with Donors: Practical Approaches that Work for All
Sherry Williams

Chapter 12: You and What Army?: Making the Most of Student and Volunteer Labor in Contemporary Special Collection and Archives
Dana M. Miller

Chapter 13: A Janus Perspective: Origins and Future of 21st-Century Preservation and Conservation in Library and Archives Special Collections
Priscilla Anderson and Whitney Baker

Chapter 14: Top Ten Questions and Answers about Digital Preservation for Special Collections and Archives
Lynne M. Thomas and Jaime L. Schumacher

Chapter 15: Discovery of Special Collections Resources at Web Scale: Opportunities and Challenges for Metadata Librarians
Christine DeZelar-Tiedman

Chapter 16: Special Files on the Semantic Web: Using Linked Data to Revitalize Special Collections Catalogs
Allison Jai O’Dell

Chapter 17: Old Challenges, New Solutions: Leveraging Organizational Change to Construct a New Future
Jennifer O’Brien Roper and Ivey Glendon

Chapter 18: Open Access and Copyright in Archives and Special Collections
Heather Briston

Chapter 19: Leaving Privacy in the Past?: Exploring a Curatorial Conundrum
Judith Weiner

Chapter 20: Succession Planning for 21st Century Special Collections Leadership: Initial Steps
Athena Jackson

Chapter 21: Towards a Culture of Social Media in Special Collections
Colleen Theisen

Afterword
Index
About the Editors and Contributors

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Currents of Archival Thinking, 2nd Edition cover imageRare Book Librarianship cover imageDigital Curation for Libraries and Archives cover image
Open Conversations cover imageMetadata Standards and Web Services in Libraries, Archives, and Museums cover imageSpecial Collections 2.0 cover image

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