Special collections for beginners A case study of special collections at Waterford Institute of Technology Library Service

Special collections for beginners A case study of special collections at Waterford Institute of... Purpose – This article sets out to describe the challenges and opportunities created by the presentation of a number of special collections to the library service of Waterford Institute of Technology. It aims to focus on the work done with the collections to date and plans for the future. Design/methodology/approach – This case study reports on the collections presented to WIT Library Service and the approach taken to their conservation and display. It also discusses the ongoing issues involved in special collections management in a modern academic library setting. Findings – The paper concludes that there is a delicate balancing act involved in accepting and managing special collections in contemporary academic libraries. Key factors to consider are expense, staff time and skills, and potential benefits to the library and its users. Research limitations/implications – The project is still in development. The study provides a view on one medium‐sized academic library's experience of handling special collections. Practical implications – This account is likely to be useful for organisations in a similar position, faced with similar challenges of comparable scale. Originality/value – The paper offers practical insights for libraries in similar positions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

Special collections for beginners A case study of special collections at Waterford Institute of Technology Library Service

New Library World, Volume 109 (5/6): 15 – May 16, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/03074800810873605
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Abstract

Purpose – This article sets out to describe the challenges and opportunities created by the presentation of a number of special collections to the library service of Waterford Institute of Technology. It aims to focus on the work done with the collections to date and plans for the future. Design/methodology/approach – This case study reports on the collections presented to WIT Library Service and the approach taken to their conservation and display. It also discusses the ongoing issues involved in special collections management in a modern academic library setting. Findings – The paper concludes that there is a delicate balancing act involved in accepting and managing special collections in contemporary academic libraries. Key factors to consider are expense, staff time and skills, and potential benefits to the library and its users. Research limitations/implications – The project is still in development. The study provides a view on one medium‐sized academic library's experience of handling special collections. Practical implications – This account is likely to be useful for organisations in a similar position, faced with similar challenges of comparable scale. Originality/value – The paper offers practical insights for libraries in similar positions.

Journal

New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: May 16, 2008

Keywords: Collections management; Library management; Academic libraries; Ireland

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