ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 283, 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.
This issue of RLI includes six case studies from ARL member libraries that are incorporating special collections more holistically into library initiatives. The cases were selected by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the Digital Age after issuing a call for proposals in 2012. In an introduction to the issue, Lisa Carter provides an overview of themes that emerged from the case study submissions and she identifies areas for further investigation.
The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:
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
Research Library Issues no. 283 is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.
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