A report and eight cases studies by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum. Published November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
- American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections (PDF)
- Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Institution (PDF)
- Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services (PDF)
- Grateful Dead Archive Online, University of California, Santa Cruz (PDF)
- Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History, Cornell University (PDF)
- Maine Memory Network, Maine Historical Society (PDF)
- Quakers and Slavery, Haverford College (PDF)
- Vanderbilt Television News Archive, Vanderbilt University (PDF)
See also the video of the January 2014 web seminar with ARL, Ithaka S+R, and speakers from the eight case studies presented in the Searching for Sustainability report.
image © Clemson University LibraryThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) have extended the application deadline through Wednesday, April 16, 2014, for the second cohort of the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. This program promotes much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by providing financial support, practical work experience, mentoring, career placement assistance, and leadership development to emerging professionals from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups. An important objective of the program is to attract and retain individuals who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives and special collections profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.
Vigilantes of Montana poster, courtesy American Antiquarian SocietyMuseums and libraries are taking advantage of advances in technology to move their rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly is that digitization is the easy part. As grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, the larger challenge is to develop a successful strategy to make sure the digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
SPEC Kit 335 examines how research libraries and their parent institutions have responded to the transition from analog to digital images and the growth of digital images available from commercial vendors and/or created within institutions or their libraries. The survey gathers information about current practices relating to the development and management of institutional digital image collections and the acquisition and use of licensed image databases. It explores the infrastructure and support provided by research libraries and/or their institutions for the creation and use of digital images in teaching, learning, and research, including systems and platforms, cataloging and metadata, access and training, services and service points, and copyright and other rights issues. It also identifies collaborative strategies among ARL member institutions for providing digital images. The SPEC Kit includes examples of digital image collection websites, finding aids, image use training materials, copyright and use rights policies, selection policies, descriptions of digital image service points, and digital collection promotional materials.
This publication is available for purchase in both print and online versions. Download the spec-kit-purchase-options-2013.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.
Link to the online SPEC Kit 335 on the ARL Digital Publications website.
Syracuse University, Carnegie Library, photo Kai Brinker, © Encyclopaedia BritannicaThere are still seats available in the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14, 2014. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.
Emory University, Woodruff Library, image © Nick NoakesRegister by Thursday, May 1, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Emory University, May 19–23. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.
Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283 is a special issue on aligning, integrating, and mainstreaming special collections into broader library operations, guest edited by ARL visiting program officer Lisa Carter of the Ohio State University.
RLI 283 includes:
- Special at the Core: Aligning, Integrating, and Mainstreaming Special Collections in the Research Library
Lisa R. Carter, Ohio State University
- Patron-Driven Acquisitions and the Development of Research Collections: The Case of the Portuguese Canadian History Project
Michael B. Moir, York University
- “There’s a Great Future in Plastics”: Mainstreaming a Special Collection
Sean Quimby, Syracuse University
- Integrating Special Collections into the Composition Classroom: A Case Study of Collaborative Digital Curriculum
Matthew Vetter and Sara Harrington, Ohio University
- The Eaton Collection and UC Riverside Libraries: A Study in Driving Alignment
Ruth M. Jackson, University of California, Riverside
- The Confluence of Collections at Johns Hopkins’s Sheridan Libraries
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
- Metastatic Metadata: Transferring Digital Skills and Digital Comfort at UMass Amherst
Robert S. Cox, Danielle Kovacs, Rebecca Reznick-Zellen, Aaron Rubinstein, and Jeremy Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst
This webcast, recorded August 15, 2013, describes how contingent valuation and Google Analytics can be used to measure the value of digitized special collections. The presenters are Ken Wise, associate professor, University of Tennessee Libraries; Gayle Baker, professor and electronic resources coordinator, University of Tennessee Libraries; and Martha Kyrillidou, senior director of statistics and service quality programs, ARL.
The LibValue project (http://libvalue.cci.utk.edu/) is a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. LibValue is a collaboration among the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries; and the Association of Research Libraries, with partners at Syracuse University and Bryant University.
This is the final in a series of six free webcasts on LibValue to be held in 2013.
U Alberta, Rutherford Library, image © Alexander AffleckTuesday, April 1, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at University of Alberta, April 21–25. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.
Syracuse University, Carnegie Library, image © Encyclopaedia Britannica, credit Kai BrinkerThis Friday, February 21, 2014, is the last day to register at early-bird rates for the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at Syracuse University, March 10–14. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.