1st Edition

The Role and Future of Special Collections in Research Libraries
British and American Perspectives

ISBN 9781560244790
Published December 7, 1993 by Routledge
106 Pages

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Book Description

What does the future hold for special collections in research libraries? Will special collections be an important feature in humanistic research or will technology make special collections irrelevant to research in the humanities? The Role and Future of Special Collections in Research Libraries explores the answers to these questions by examining special collections in British and American libraries and the changing trends in research and scholarship as they relate to special collections.

This book examines the particular experience of a variety of special collections in British research libraries. By learning more about British experiences related to special collections, North American libraries will discover new ways to manage existing information resources in light of diminished funding. The topics cover this essential role of special collections in these areas:

  • the British perspective on issues relating to access and preservation of manuscripts, reproduction from originals, confidentiality, and the development of collections
  • a historical overview of changes in special collections
  • technology and special collections
  • balancing the collection and preservation of books and manuscripts with the acquisition of new materials in electronic format

    The Role and Future of Special Collections in Research Libraries brings together international perspectives on library programs to help librarians and library administrators understand the factors that influence special collections. With the help of this insightful book, librarians will learn how to develop and modify future programs and services to maintain excellent special collections.

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction

  • Special Collections and the Scholarly Community
  • Role and Function of Special Collections in Research and Education, British and American Perspectives
  • Services and Development Issues Related to Manuscripts and Other Unique Materials
  • The Evolving Character of Special Collections: A British Perspective
  • The Future of Special Collections in Emerging Information Delivery Programs
  • Get Out of the Way If You Can’t Lend a Hand: The Changing Nature of Scholarship and the Significance of Special Collections

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