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Baseby, Francesca – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2017
In the competitive Higher Education environment, it is no longer sufficient for special collections to rely on the "uniqueness" of a collection as its unique selling point--it must be supported by a service and strategic plan that is both proactive in anticipating the demands of future researchers and responsive to current researchers'…
Descriptors: Special Libraries, Strategic Planning, Evidence Based Practice, Researchers
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Evans, Meredith R. – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2015
As managers of special collections engage with evolving formats and technologies, it is imperative that these professionals remain well versed in papyrus, paper, and principles that inform archival work. The permanence of this content defines our past, informs our present, and shapes our future. However, a constricting interpretation of archival…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Archives, Library Development, Best Practices
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Mills, Alexandra – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2015
Libraries and archives digitize their special collections in an effort to increase access to rare and unique items. To ensure that resulting digital collections meet user needs, institutions have made assessment, consultation, and user participation integral to digitization initiatives and the selection process. Institutions must also build…
Descriptors: Library Development, Library Automation, Library Materials, Media Selection
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Cusworth, Andrew; Hughes, Lorna M.; James, Rhian; Roberts, Owain; Roderick, Gareth Lloyd – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2015
This article introduces some of the digital projects currently in development at the National Library of Wales as part of its Research Program in Digital Collections. These projects include the digital representation of the Library's Kyffin Willams art collection, musical collections, and probate collection, and of materials collected by the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Libraries, Library Materials, Library Development
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Doi, Carolyn – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2015
The Saskatchewan Music Collection (SMC) is a local music collection held at the University of Saskatchewan. This case study examines a project to digitize and present this unique special collection in the online environment. The project aims to facilitate access to the collection, preserve the collection and promote scholarship and interest in the…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Preservation, Case Studies, Music