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Jan 10

The Special Collections Handbook, Second Edition (2016)

Posted on January 10, 2018 at 12:12 PM by Brian Herder

Special Collections Handbook

The Special Collections Handbook, Second Edition (2016)

Alison Cullingford

Facet Publishing, UK

978-1-78330-126-3

Working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their legacy and bringing them to the attention of the wider public. This book offers up-to-date guidance which pulls together insights from best practice across the heritage sector to build innovative, co-operative and questioning mind-sets that will help them to cope in turbulent times.

The Handbook covers all aspects of special collections work: preservation, developing collections, understanding objects, emergency planning, security, legal and ethical concerns, cataloguing, digitization, marketing, outreach, teaching, impact, advocacy and fundraising.

New to this edition:

  • 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.