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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.

 
 

Special Collections in ARL Libraries

Until this 1998 survey, no systematic data had been collected on special collections in ARL libraries for nearly 20 years. The results of this survey provide a snapshot of these collections at the end of the twentieth century and identify areas for further investigation.

pdf special-collections-arl-libraries.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 296: Public Services in Special Collections (November 2006)

SPEC Kit 296 explores public service staffing, reference and public services offered, methods of patron access, types of intellectual access tools used, patron registration, the reference interview process, and public service evaluation and promotion methodsin Special Collections. In addition, respondents were asked to comment on significant changes in reference and public services in the last few years, particularly those related to outreach, instruction, and learning. It includes documentation from respondents in the form of service policies, patron registration forms, job descriptions, and service prices.

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 296 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

ARL Special Collections Task Force Final Status Report

This is the final report of the ARL Special Collections Task Force, chaired by Joe Hewitt. The task force was charged with advancing a seven-point action plan. The final status report summarizes the task force’s activities. An addendum recommends further actions to be taken.
pdf special-collections-task-force-final-status-report-july2006.pdf

 
   

Education and Training for Careers in Special Collections: A White Paper Prepared for the Association of Research Libraries Special Collections Task Force

Responding to data gathered by the 1998 Survey of Special Collections in ARL Libraries and anecdotal evidence, the ARL Task Force on Special Collections investigated issuesrelated to education and training needs for careers in special collections. The resulting white paper considersthe scope of need, surveys the current environment, and proposes recommended strategies and action items for ARL and other organizations and groups.

pdf special-coll-career-training-nov04.pdf

 
 

SPEC Kit 284: Security in Special Collections (October 2004)

A scanned version of SPEC Kit 284 is available full view through HathiTrust. pdf View the document here »

A print copy is available for $45.00 ($35.00 ARL members) plus shipping and handling.

 
 

Hidden Collections, Scholarly Barriers: Creating Access To Unprocessed Special Collections Materials Innorth America's Research Libraries

On behalf of the ARL Task Force on Special Collections, UIUC's Barbara Jones prepared this white paper that lays out the problem, the opportunities, and some recommendations for how ourcommunities might proceed to expose hidden special collections and encourage their use.

pdf hidden-colls-white-paper-jun03.pdf

 
 

Special Collections Statement of Principles: Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections

This statement of principles, "Research Libraries and the Commitment to Special Collections," was prepared by the ARL Task Force on Special Collections in December 2002 and endorsed by the ARL Board of Directors on February 6, 2003.

pdf special-collections-statement-of-principles-2003.pdf

 
 

Building on Strength: Developing an ARL Agenda for Special Collections

This document contains the program and the text of selected presentations from "Building on Strength: Developing an ARL Agenda for Special Collections," a meeting hosted by Brown University on June 27–29, 2001.

pdf building-on-strength-developing-an-arl-agenda-for-special-collections-june2001.pdf

 
 
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