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The Special Collections Handbook


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Preface and acknowledgements Introduction 1. The care of Special Collections 2. Emergency planning for Special Collections 3. Understanding objects in Special Collections 4. Acquiring and developing Special Collections 5. Cataloguing, description and metadata in Special Collections 6. Digitization and digital libraries in Special Collections 7. Legal and ethical issues in Special Collections 8. User services in Special Collections 9. Marketing and communications in Special Collections 10. Widening access to Special Collections 11. Organizational resources for Special Collections: space and people 12. Influencing and fund-raising for Special Collections Afterword: Special Collections futures Appendix A: The Special Collections reference shelf Appendix B: Skills for your Special Collections career Bibliography Index

About the Author

Alison Cullingford is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford, where she is responsible for over 100 collections of modern archives and rare books. The service was the first English university to achieve Archive Accreditation. She also managed the Unique and Distinctive Collections project for Research Libraries UK. An active member of the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group and many other sector groups, Alison also regularly presents at conferences, blogs and tweets on the importance of the special collections librarian.


This new second edition includes: coverage of new standards and concepts including unique and distinctive collections (UDCs), The Leeds Typology, Archive Accreditation, PD 5454:2012 and PAS 197; discussion of the major changes to laws affecting special collections including UK copyright law relating to library/archive exception and orphan works and forthcoming changes to data protection in the EU; exploration of new trends in research including the rise of digital humanities, open access, the impact agenda and the REF; updates to the sections on marketing, audience development and fundraising to include social media, customer journey mapping and crowdsourcing and more; and consideration of impact and indicators, digitization and new skills frameworks from CILIP and RBMS. Simply stated, it is thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, making it certain that all libraries and library systems should have a copy of The Special Collections Handbook in their professional instructional reference collections.

* Library Bookwatch *
Highly recommended for practitioners and faculty seeking a real-world manual for special collections courses.
-- Betty J. Glass * Library Journal *
As a practical handbook, this volume should be on the shelf of every special collections library - it should, indeed, be on the shelf of every library. There is much that all librarians may glean from it, whether their institution houses a special collection or not. It is worth every information professional understanding how special collections work to facilitate organizational communication and understanding, to see whether there are opportunities for collaboration or simply to understand how special collections function within a wider institution.
-- Ludovica Price * Reference Reviews *
The Special Collections Handbook should be an essential tool to anyone managing Special Collections or archives, no matter their professional background or area of expertise. -- Mark Dorrington * Archives and Records *

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