This time of accentuated interdependence and acute awareness of a historical moment calls on galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) to respond together and to lead forward. Memory institutions are unique trusted stewards of time. When humanity experiences a global event such as the current pandemic, our institutions are grounded in the moment, and in their role throughout history told and yet to come. The new issue of Research Library Issues offers three articles that reflect on the value of GLAM collaborations as well as the voices of institutional leaders looking at the opportunities for even greater collaboration as we work through history in the making.
Eerily familiar today, the article by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada Emeritus, looks back at a time of economic uncertainty when GLAM collaboration was essential to creating a new narrative for GLAM institutions, and to quantifying their economic contribution to society.
The article by Jill Deupi, Chuck Eckman, and Christina Larson of the University of Miami highlights what is achievable through library-museum collaborations on paper conservation, information discovery, exhibitions that transcend object sharing, and digital initiatives.
The final article reflects conversations with Mark Sweeney and Jacob Nadal of the Library of Congress, Kurt Graham of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, and Trevor Dawes of the University of Delaware Libraries and Museums on GLAM collaborations under COVID-19 conditions and what that might mean for the future.
The table of contents with links to the articles follows:
Mary Lee Kennedy
If You Want to Go Far, Go Together: The Collaboration among the GLAM Community in Canada (2016–2019)
C-R-E-A-T-E: Building an Institutional Cultural Resources Platform
Jill Deupi, Charles Eckman, and Christina Larson
GLAM Collaborations under COVID-19 Conditions and Beyond
Mary Lee Kennedy
Research Library Issues no. 300 (2020) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
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