Two eagerly awaited publications. I’ll be writing more about both soon once I’ve had chance to digest.

The Special Collections Handbook

Are you struggling with increasing numbers of users, demand for digital, crumbling collections, unsuitable storage space, intellectual property conundrums, born-digital collections, lack of skills, pressure of public sector cuts and recession …?  You are not alone!

Two essential new reports reveal the challenges faced by UK special collections and archives and give us the evidence we need to seek improvements, whether in our own organisations or collectively.

Peach, Caroline and Foster, Julia (2013) Knowing the Need: optimising preservation for library and archive collections. BLPAC.
Currently in draft form, report analyses collection care in 86 libraries and archives in the UK, from assessments carried out between 2006 and 2011.  It’s not all good news, as you will see.  I’m taking part in a conference on 1 March to discuss the reports’ findings and explore ways of improving collections care.

Dooley, Jackie M., Rachel Beckett, Alison Cullingford, Katie Sambrook, Chris Shepard, and…

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