Special Collections

Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible” | LJ INFOdocket

Making Archival and Special Collections More Accessible represents the efforts of OCLC Research over the last seven years to support change in the end-to-end process that results in archival and special collections materials being delivered to interested users.

Altmetrics and analytics for digital special collections and institutional repositories

This white paper describes uses for usage statistics, altmetrics, and other quantitative and qualitative impact metrics in the context of services for digital special collections (DSCs) and institutional repositories (IRs) stewarded by academic libraries. First, we articulate a problem statement, which describes the current state of metrics. We then outline recommendations for how libraries can leverage usage statistics and altmetrics to measure the value of their IR and digital special collections and prove their worth to stakeholders.

Special Collections Curator Discusses Published Works, Digital Age

Molly Schwartzburg, curator for the Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library presented “Collecting in the Golden Age of the Book” Thursday, a lecture examining her efforts as a curator to document the integration of the digital age into the realm of published works.

Special Collections Curator Discusses Published Works, Digital Age

who has worked for the last three years at the [Albert & Shirley Small] Special Collections Library [U. of Virginia Library], presented an assortment of modern publications transcending the traditional role of a book to integrate the technology and trends of modern day. Schwartzburg’s collection — largely acquired from a variety of antiquated book fairs around the nation — highlights the revival of the “artist book,” a book whose entire composition is a work in and of itself.

Searching for Sustainability | Ithaka S+R

This 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.

Are born-digital archives still mystifying you? - OCLC

Here at OCLC Research we’re always eager to find ways to ensure that our projects have strong positive impact on our professional community, and we’ve clearly hit the mark with our Demystifying Born Digital work agenda. I was reminded of this yesterday upon seeing the news that SAA’s Manuscript Repositories Section is going to reprise its 2013 “Jump In” initiative. What’s that, you say? Read on.

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

Special at the Core: Aligning, Integrating, and Mainstreaming Special Collections in the Research Library

Patron-Driven Acquisitions and the Development of Research Collections: The Case of the Portuguese Canadian History Project

“There’s a Great Future in Plastics”: Mainstreaming a Special Collection

Integrating Special Collections into the Composition Classroom: A Case Study of Collaborative Digital Curriculum

The Eaton Collection and UC Riverside Libraries: A Study in Driving Alignment

A  Persistent  Digital  Collections  Strategy  for  UBC  Library

In early 2011, UBC Library began work on creating a digital preservation strategy in collaboration with Vancouver-based Artefactual Systems. UBC Library and Artefactual ran a number of pilot projects to ensure that the strategy is pragmatic, tested, and involves proven technical solutions and business processes that work in our environment and towards our goals.

Libraries Need to Showcase Digital Special Collections

from The Signal - Physical general collections in academic research libraries are in declining use. As these collections become commodities–goods for which demand is broadly supplied without dependence on brand or other differentiation–a longstanding rationale for academic libraries is eroding. To counter this, academic libraries need to highlight another traditional function: “gathering and curating of rare and unique documents, including primary source materials.

Next-Generation Technical Services (NGTS) initiative report, University of California

The goal of the Next-Generation Technical Services (NGTS) initiative was “to move Technical Services operations to the network level and to pursue a transformative approach to the ‘backend’ infrastructure needed to support the user discovery experience.”