The Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group is charged with monitoring and advising on the role of Special Collections in research libraries. The working group identifies the issues distinctive to research libraries, which are most critical for special collections in the digital age, and recommends any policies or actions that the Association is in a unique position to adopt. Work from previous ARL Special Collections Working Groups and Task Forces is also compiled here.
- Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age Working Group Charge (PDF) (2010– )
- Principles of Large-Scale Digitization (PDF) (2010)
- Special Collections in ARL Libraries: A Discussion Report from the ARL Working Group on Special Collections (PDF) (2009)
- Hidden Collections: In 2003, the ARL Special Collections Task Force published a white paper,"Hidden Collections, Scholarly Barriers," prepared for the task force by Barbara Jones, Wesleyan University, and sponsored a working conference, "Exposing Hidden Collections," at the Library of Congress. The conference explored the difficulties of providing access to uncataloged and unprocessed archival, manuscript, and rare book materials, and called for local and collective actions to address these challenges. The white paper and conference papers were published in the journal RBM 5, no.2 (Fall 2004).
- Special Collections: Statement of Principles (PDF) (2003)
- Special Collections in ARL Libraries: results of the 1998 Survey (PDF) (1998)