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ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Application Deadline Extended

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © 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.

 
 

Florida Folklife Collection

Florida Folklife Collection, Florida Department of State, Division of Library & Information Services is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Institution is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections

American Antiquarian Society Digital Collections is one of eight case studies used in Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections (PDF)  (by Nancy L. Maron, Sarah Pickle, and Deanna Marcum), an article published in November 2013 by ARL and Ithaka S+R and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Case Study (PDF)

 
 

Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections

Searching for Sustainability report coverA 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.

Report (PDF)

Case studies:

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.

 
 

Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Ithaka S+R/ARL Web Seminar Video and Q&A Online

A A S Vigilantes of Montana posterVigilantes 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.

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 283 (2013): Special Issue on Mainstreaming Special Collections

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:

 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Alberta: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-alberta-rutherford-libraryU 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.

 
 
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