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Fall Forum 2009: Welcoming Remarks

Presentation at the 2009 ARL/CNI Fall Forum, "An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age."

mp3 ff09-franklin.mp3

 
 
 

Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections

In this report the Working Group identifies key issues in the management and exposure of special collections material in the 21st century.

pdf scwg-report-mar09.pdf

 
 

Research Library Virtual Resources & Instructional Initiatives: Subtopic: Special Collections

The Virtual Resources and Instructional Initiatives survey produced 230 instances of special or noteworthy projects being supported in ARL libraries. In order to assist readers with focused interests, 18 subtopics have been assigned that group only those survey responses that relate in whole or in part to that topic.

pdf vrii-special-collections-dec08.pdf

 
 

Membership Meeting 2008 (Fall): Describing & Measuring Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries

Lars Meyer reports on his project, which used qualitative interviews, expert meetings, a literature review, and a review of preservation statistics to describe contemporary preservation activities in libraries.

pdf mm08fall-meyer.pdf

 
   

SPEC Kit 305: Records Management (August 2008)

SPEC Kit 305 explores the state of records management in ARL member institutions. The survey results also show which staff manage records and how much time they spend on this activity; how staff are trained; who pays for records management; who makes policy decisions; what types of materials are included; where these materials are stored; procedures for adding and discarding materials; who may retrieve records from storage; and more. This SPEC Kit includes documentation from respondents in the form of records management unit Web pages, policies, retention schedules, job descriptions, transfer, retrieval, and destruction forms, and management of electronic records.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf  for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online SPEC Kit 305 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

Celebrating Research: Rare and Special Collections from the Membership of the Association of Research Libraries

Philip N. Cronenwett, Kevin Osborn, Samuel A. Streit, eds. • 2007 • ISBN 978-1-59407-769-2 • 312 pp., 402 illus., index

This compendium includes 118 special collection profiles, each from a different ARL member library. Each profile is illustrated with color photographs and tells a story of a single collection, recounting how the resources were acquired and developed. Also included is an introductory essay by British rare book expert Nicolas Barker and an appendix that provides a broad description of each library's special collection holdings and pertinent contact information. The book contains a detailed index; the companion Web site provides a search engine.

Print copies are also available for $135 ($115 ARL members) plus shipping & handling.

 
 
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