I believe that the wonderful special collections of archives, rare books and other materials held by universities etc have incredible potential for education and enjoyment. This blog brings together my ideas and experiences in working with and writing about this rewarding and challenging work. I explain a bit more about the blog title here. All views entirely my own.
My main job is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, home to the J.B. Priestley Archive and over 100 other collections of archives and rare books on history, politics, literature, Yorkshire and lots more. Find out more about what I do at Bradford via my personal profile page.
I recently wrote The Special Collections Handbook (Facet, 2012), a practical overview of all aspects of managing collections, from preservation to fundraising. I’ve also just finished a year working part-time with the RLUK Unique and Distinctive Collections Project, which aims to help institutions make the most of their collections. I’m writing a proposal for another book – of which more news soon.
If you’re looking for consultancy, presentations or writing in my areas of expertise, do get in touch. I’m always interested in opportunities of this kind.
I’m also hoping to apply for CILIP Fellowship, so expect musings on that too.
And a couple more things …
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