The Special Collections Handbook (Paperback)
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The Special Collections Handbook (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 22/12/2016
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This comprehensive and no-nonsense guide to working with special collections and rare books is an essential day-to-day companion.

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 197discussion 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 EUexploration of new trends in research including the rise of digital humanities, open access, the impact agenda and the REFupdates to the sections on marketing, audience development and fundraising to include social media, customer journey mapping and crowdsourcing and moreconsideration of impact and indicators, digitization and new skills frameworks from CILIP and RBMS.

This is the essential practical guide for anyone working with special collections or rare books in libraries, archives, museums, galleries and other heritage organizations. It is also a useful introduction to special collections work for academics and students taking library and information courses.

Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 9781783301263
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


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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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