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Wednesday, November 8 • 11:35am - 12:15pm
Between Rare and Commonplace: Closing the Venn Diagram of Special and General Collections

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A presentation of the legacy of collaboration and expanding integration of work between Special and General Collections at the Brown University Library. As a clear strategic direction, the Library has historically prioritized and continues to promote a measured integration of special collections and general collections workflows. As such, more and more processing, training, data sharing, and programming within Special and General Collections are seen and acted upon as a unified whole.

This initiative derives from a legacy of shared responsibility for archival processing, metadata and linked-data, and preservation that emerged as much out of necessity as of a spirit of collaboration. Currently, staff in the John Hay Library (Special Collections) and the Rockefeller Library (General) are occupied in large scale collection management projects involving staff coordination, integrated workflows, and cooperative training across units. Cross-departmental initiatives like Diversity & Inclusion Planning, hiring, and staff development require improved communication across fields and attention to distributed needs..

Such a direction in not unique to Brown and present an array of unanswered questions. Among such are: How can special collections and general collections support each other in a way that is sustainable in an era of budget cuts, staff changes, and diminished returns? What can staff, and administration learn from each other, and what information is useful to achieve greater understanding of faculty and students needs? What data and narrative is needed to better address those crucial issues?

This session will start to answer some of these questions, presenting specific case studies that look at how we might work together for mutual benefit.


Christopher Geissler

Director of the John Hay Library & Special Collections, Brown University Library
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Boaz Nadav-Manes

Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management, Brown University
Boaz Nadav-Manes is the Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management at Brown University Library. In this role, he oversees the allocation and expenditure of the Libraries' collections budget, and the ongoing management of services and staff that advance... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 11:35am - 12:15pm EST
Rutledge Room, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401